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New Media Photojournalism

Hey guys,
I’ve just created this group, ‘New Media Photojournalism’ and gone ahead to include you all in it as members. I figured seeing as every now and then a really interesting discussion about the potential for new forms of online/new media/multimedia photo/visual journalism happens here on LS it might be good to have a group to centralise things under. I entered you all as members because I’ve had interesting chats with each of you about this stuff so I figured you’d all be interested. Each one of you are ‘managers’ of the group so you can invite and add people as you please, figured keeping it open like this is the best way to go.

by Ed Giles at 2007-08-15 09:59:46 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) Sydney , Australia | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Hey Ed, sounds like a great Idea.

We recently had David Leeson over here talking about the future of photography and the use of a HD video camera. It was a really interesting insight. I’m not convinced that it will take over the SLR, but i do think that it is another powerful tool in telling stories.

by James Brickwood | 15 Aug 2007 12:08 | Sydney, Australia | | Report spam→
Yeah, the thing that gets me with the idea about HD video cameras taking over from SLR’s as visual tools is that the camera is a completely different ergonomic tool – you can’t hold it the same way, you can’t compose things the same way, you can’t move the same way. It won’t be too long (between increasing resolution of video and increasing effectiveness of post-production tools for up-res’ing files) before the still files coming out of video cameras are ‘good enough’ that the difference between still and video cameras won’t matter too much, but the difference in the way you can actually use the tool is a bit more problematic. I was reading on a forum the other day (I’ll have to try and find it again) that estimates on the time before a tool is here that will do both effectively is about 5 years.

I’m going to see about attaching a shotgun mic to my SLR’s hotshoe at the APEC protests to record sound and play about with some kind of multimedia photo stories (I think you could do some really interesting things with the fast frame rate of the MkII/MkIII) – just have to find one that’s short enough it won’t stick into the top of my wide-angle frame…

by Ed Giles | 15 Aug 2007 13:08 | Sydney, Australia | | Report spam→
Wow, very cool Michal. Cheers.

by Ed Giles | 16 Aug 2007 00:08 | Sydney, Australia | | Report spam→
Cool Ed, good idea..

and Michal that’s some great production, you and Bill have done a great job. It just shows the importance of someone with a solid understanding of multimedia post production. I’m still trying to figure out how to export a sequence of stills with motion without getting ludicrous artifacts..

I can see how a decent HD video cam is a great tool for storytelling, but there is just so much time and expertise required to get good audio, good footage and piece together a good story, it’s going to require some pretty big changes in how photojournalists work within newspapers.

by Tyler Freeman Smith | 16 Aug 2007 09:08 | Sydney, Australia | | Report spam→
Ed, as good as the shot gun mike on the hot shoe sounds, i think you will end up recording the sound of your shutter, even with a shotgun mike. I could be wrong?

plus, if things get out of hand, the thing wouldn’t last a minute without being snapped off.

From what i gather, the Dallas Morning News is already using stills in there paper. still not up to scratch with a DSLR, but for them, ‘good enough’.

exciting times ahead..

by James Brickwood | 16 Aug 2007 09:08 | Sydney, Australia | | Report spam→
Yeah, a bit of testing to do but I’m not so worried about the shutter sound – any kind of mic that is getting good audio of the surrounds when you’re shooting will pick up the shutter. I’ve thought about velcro’ing it to my arm or something but I’ll do some testing in the next week or so and see how she goes. As for getting snapped off, that is a bit of a problem.

But, if I glue a hotshoe to the top of my head…

by Ed Giles | 16 Aug 2007 10:08 | Sydney, Australia | | Report spam→
I bet you’ll get over the shutter sound very quickly. You wouldn’t let your mic me in your shots would you?

VOID is on tomorrow night too! pheonix bar

by James Brickwood | 16 Aug 2007 13:08 | Sydney, Australia | | Report spam→
Yeah I heard about VOID… plan is to be there.
Now, to deal with that pesky shutter sound…

by Ed Giles | 16 Aug 2007 13:08 | Sydney, Australia | | Report spam→
yeah that shutter gets annoying pretty quickly, particularly if you’re reeling a few frames off, and it won’t matter what mic you’re using either..

And if the protests are anything like the Cheney protest then I’d say you’d definitely risk getting it snapped off on-camera.

No matter how you mount it Ed the technique is going to be the most important part.. there’s going to be some compromise between getting good, clean audio and some good frames to go with it. Really, that’s where a high-end HD video cam would win out, shooting at a high shutter speed, you could record audio and frame-grabs at the same time…

And this VOID you talk of, is that dub-styles?

by Tyler Freeman Smith | 17 Aug 2007 01:08 | Sydney, Australia | | Report spam→
Yeah, Tyler that’s kind of what I’m thinking. I’ve tried capturing audio on a separate device with a separated microphone and it’s too fiddly, stopping and starting all the time and switching tools from camera to mic. All I ended up with was some photos and some audio but missing the best moments of each together, so I’ll give this full-time (or near full-time) recording thing a go and see what I can patch together.

RODE make a microphone called the Stereo Video Mic that is short, stubby, hot-shoe mounted and built like a brick shithouse so I’m going to give that one a run for its/my money.

And, yes, VOID is a dubstep night – dubstep twostep goodstep!

by Ed Giles | 19 Aug 2007 04:08 | Sydney, Australia | | Report spam→

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