Naomi Goggin, Times Canon Young Photographer of the Year, experiments with the Sennheiser MKE400 mic on her HDDSLR

I had the pleasure of meeting Naomi Goggin to review her stills portfolio at the Canon Pro Solutions show in London earlier this year. Later that same day she was awarded the Times Canon Young Photographer of the Year at the show and given a six month contract to work at the paper. Not content to shoot just stills she has decided to venture into learning video on the DSLR, which as she says “requires some solid investments in kit.”

The Sennheiser MKE400 mini shotgun mic

She has had some video training and found the “sound is more important than the picture itself – a slightly alien concept for photographers. A video with bad picture, can be saved by good sound, but the reverse, a video with bad sound quality, cannot be saved with good picture.”

To prove her point Naomi has posted a couple of short test videos demonstrating how a simple Sennheiser MKE400 on camera mic can make a difference in a noisy environment. She shot it in a busy restaurant using a 50mm f1.2 prime lens and says her “focusing practice is under way!”

How to look like a Pirate – without Sennheiser from Naomi Goggin on Vimeo.

How to Look Like a Pirate – with Sennheiser MKE 400 from Naomi Goggin on Vimeo.

We wish Naomi the best as she embarks on her career (I’m guessing that video will play a large part in it). You can follow Naomi’s progress at the Times of London on her blog.


Posted on December 31st, 2010 by admin | Category: Audio, Canon Eos5DmkII |

4 responses to "Naomi Goggin, Times Canon Young Photographer of the Year, experiments with the Sennheiser MKE400 mic on her HDDSLR"

  1. nikonflash Says:
    January 4th, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    What type of lens are you using for this?

  2. ianlopez Says:
    January 7th, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Hey Dan,

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  3. Dan McComb Says:
    January 8th, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Both sound pretty bad, frankly. What you want to use in that type of environment is a lavalier mic. Getting the mic close is 90 percent of recording great audio.

  4. cwinasia Says:
    January 8th, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    I own this mic and was looking at this and the Rode VideoMic at the time of purchase. I went with this at the time as I wanted something less obtrusive and less invasive to the people I was going to be filming. But looking at a friend’s footage (Rode) I noticed he was getting less noise back from the camera. My guess is the Rode being further out helps isolate it. I pickup aperture changes and even shifts in my grip. Any thoughts on this?

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