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Humanoids: Matt Allard explains how he shot his latest Aljazeera documentary using Sony F55

By technical editor Matt Allard:

Humanoids from Matthew Allard ACS on Vimeo.

Shooting documentaries for broadcast television often involves working on a very tight schedule with little to no set-up time – you’re given a very limited time to achieve good results. A recent documentary I shot in Japan on humanoid robots was no exception. It was shot over 11 days in 4 different cities and that time included all the travel. Different methods of getting around, including planes, trains and automobiles, always makes packing and logistics very tricky. To make things even more complicated I had to take two cameras as a lot of the interviews we shoot require multiple angles.

In Japan people’s schedules often run to the minute: If a person says they have one hour of time for you, they mean literally one hour. I encountered this numerous times during the shoot, where I had an hour to not only film a 45-50 minute interview and reversals and two shots, but also shoot all the B-roll. This often meant making large sacrifices in terms of lighting and then how I filmed the B-roll. You need to think ahead and be confident with your decisions. Every second you waste contemplating where you should get your next shot is time you can’t get back. If you try and make every shot perfect, with beautiful lighting, you may end up with only a few shots: not nearly enough when you’re shooting long format shows. Sometimes content is more important than having a nice back light. On the flip side of this, you don’t want to just go with the available light if it happens to be dark, or go hand-held if it doesn’t fit with the style you’re shooting. It is all about finding a compromise between time and quality and often this is a hard thing to do.

Working with the F55 on the Wally Dolly

Working with the F55 on the Wally Dolly

I shot this documentary on the Sony F55 and I used the F3 as my “B” camera. Most broadcasters don’t want to deal with Log or large amounts of data. The usual standard is 50Mb/s and anything higher often results in headaches. The whole push towards RAW and 4K is great but the reality of it actually being used and accepted by broadcasters is a long way off. I shot the majority of the vision in this story in a 50 Mb/s in a standard REC709 profile and there was only a small amount of material shot in any sort of log profile. The show doesn’t get graded and only small amounts of colour correction, if any, are done. Shooting in a REC709 space limits your camera’s dynamic range and gives you a more baked-in look. You really do need to get everything right in camera as you don’t have a lot of room to correct the image if you don’t.

When you’re working as a one man band on a long format show there is so much you have to be responsible for. Not only are you taking care of the camera and the lighting but often the audio too. A lot of the time you have two radio mics running, so you’re trying to monitor the levels and quality of the audio as well as focusing on the shot at hand. I try to hide microphones as much as possible but without a dedicated sound operator it can be difficult and time-consuming. Certain types of clothing just naturally make noise or that annoying rustling sound and hiding the microphone works better on certain types of clothing than others. If I’m having sound problems trying to hide them I’ll move them to the outside – when you have limited time you don’t want to be stuffing around with fixing microphones. It also tends to annoy and make the person you’re interviewing or filming uncomfortable as you’re right in their personal space, fiddling around with their clothes. When I do hide them I usually use the Rycote overcovers and stickies. I find them to work really well in combination.

Why do I use radio mics for my interviews and not, say, a boom-mounted microphone? I am often filming that person after the interview and it saves a lot of time if I already have a microphone on them. Also, a boom would be yet more equipment to carry around and set up. While it would solve the rustling sound issues you often face, it just isn’t practical when you’re working one man band.

As far as lighting goes I used my go-to lights: the BBS Area 48 Soft as my key and the Litepanels Sola ENG kit as my back light and for lighting backgrounds. Both these lights are versatile, easy to set up and can be powered off batteries. I usually light my subject and then, at the end of the interview, adjust my lighting for various other shots. I often find trying to light two people on your own so that it is set up for reversals and two-shots is just too time consuming and compromises your main interview lighting. It would also mean carrying around a minimum of six lights which isn’t realistic when you’re working on your own. In Japan, especially, you are often conducting interviews in very small rooms and to get a nice backdrop for both the interviewee and the interviewer at the same time is almost impossible. I much prefer to focus on the interviewee and then at the end I can move the interviewer into a more pleasing spot.

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I used the F3 as a second camera for quite a few of the interviews. I would often put it on the Redrockmicro one man crew which is a motorised parabolic slider. It is fast to set up and easy to use. You don’t have to attach motors or tripod heads to it, you just take it out, put your camera on and plug it in. It allows you to get some interesting angles. The down side I found is that it does tend to be quite noisy if you make the speed too high. In a very quiet room, if you have it too close, the microphones can pick up the sound. It seems to be more noisy when moving in one direction than the other. I had mixed results when using it for interviews, but put this partly down to me using it for the first time. I did however find it very good for getting various B-roll shots and I use it quite a bit for this purpose.

Working with the Redrockmicro One Man Crew

Working with the Redrockmicro one man crew

For other shots I used the Wally Dolly as again it gave me some movement and is compact and very easy to set up. Using a high hat I was able to get some nice tracking and movement shots when I was shooting these small robots.

I’m all for using various ‘toys’ to get different types of shots, but when you have limited time they can become a burden. Setting up a dolly or a slider or any other piece of equipment that is not “core kit” can dramatically eat away at the time you have been allocated. I always ask myself if the shot is really worth it for the time I have. I try not to over-use any of these things but prefer to use them as a complement to the overall story. A lot of today’s shooters get carried away with using toys and forget about the fundementals of film-making: Composition, lighting, and audio.

Shooting documentaries requires compromises, thinking ahead and a lot of hard work. Ultimately it is very rewarding to shoot longer format shows and you constantly learn from doing them. I come away from every shoot with new ideas on how to do something better and what worked and didn’t work – being a cameraman is a constant learning experience. Even after 25 years of shooting I still get nervous before shoots. I think if you walk into any situation feeling overly confident you will end up making mistakes. Keeping an edge is key to improving. Learning to work fast, regardless of which project you are doing, will ultimately make you a better shooter.

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Posted on August 11th, 2014 by Matthew Allard | Category: Journalism, Sony F3, Sony F5 | Permalink | Comments (3)

Gaza through a lens: Sky News cameraman Barnaby Green talks

By site editor Dan Chung:

We spend most of our time on this blog talking gadgets, but the technology is only the means to an end. Sky News have just published a powerful video interview in which cameraman Barnaby Green discusses not just the logistical challenges of filming the Gaza conflict but – more importantly – the emotional challenges. Please watch.

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Posted on August 3rd, 2014 by Dan Chung | Category: Journalism | Permalink | Comments (1)

A Sony a7S in the field: Al Jazeera’s Miguel Toran tries it out for broadcast TV

Guest post by Miguel Toran:

Shooting Beijing Opera with the Sony a7S

Shooting Beijing Opera with the Sony a7S

Yes, it is an amazing camera. Yes, it has superb video quality. And yes, when shooting in the dark, the camera can go up to a gazillion ISO. But how well does this camera work for news shooters on the field?

China’s Peking Opera tries to charm new crowd from miguel toran on Vimeo.

 
I bought the Sony a7S because I wanted to have a small camera I could take with me everywhere. I didn’t need it for video work. I had the Canon C300 for feature stories and the Sony PMW-500 and the PMW-200 for daily news, as well as the 5D mkIII and 1D IV as extra cameras.

Like many of us in this profession I started as a photographer and later I went into video production. Before, I used to carry my reflex everywhere, but with smartphones being able to take great still pictures I started leaving the camera at home until finally I stopped shooting proper photos altogether… I felt somehow guilty about that. So for a long time I’ve been searching for that perfect little camera able to fit in my backpack and go with me everywhere. For a while, I was convinced I should buy the Fujifilm XT-1. But then the a7S was showcased and it checked all the boxes on my list. Plus, it had promising video capabilities. I had to buy it.
 
I’ve been using the camera for a few weeks now on several feature stories for Al Jazeera English. Before, for similar pieces, I would use the C300. At first I was lazy about using the a7S for video shooting since I didn’t want to go back to the hassle of changing the ND filters and dealing with the lack of proper audio inputs and controls. But since I already had all the accessories from my Canon DSLRs, I gave it a try.

China accused of targeting Christian symbols from miguel toran on Vimeo.

Just one day after buying it we travelled to eastern China to shoot a story about authorities removing the crosses from Christian churches. Maybe it was not the best story to start with, since it was the kind of report where police can chase you anytime and there was no time to properly set up interviews and sequences. Luckily, I was travelling with a very patient reporter. The other story was a short summer feature about kids learning Peking opera. I’ve since used it for a couple more stories, but they have yet to air.

I really like the camera, and the reason is that it’s a lot of fun to shoot with it. The EVF is sharp and clear, which means you don’t need to use bulky external viewfinders. You can have the camera really close to your face when shooting handheld and that helps with stabilization. The EVF is so clear that it makes it quite easy to focus, especially with the peaking option.
 
There are plenty of customizable buttons that give full control of almost every option when shooting video. My main complaint, though, is the record button. Clearly, the engineer/designer who placed it on the side had no idea about how a videographer holds the camera. Currently, the shutter button can’t be assigned to start recording when in movie mode; I hope this is addressed with a future firmware update. Another problem is that the custom white balance can’t be set unless you go from video mode to photo mode and back to video mode. Sony, please address this too. 
 

The a7S sliding on the Cinevate Duzi with light from Litepanels

The a7S sliding on the Cinevate Duzi with light from Litepanels

One of the major headaches I’ve had with this camera arose when using EF mount lenses, so was not Sony’s fault. I bought a Metabones adapter, apparently the latest mark IV version. Using it has been like playing roulette. When changing lenses they often stop communicating with the camera and it becomes impossible to change the aperture. On some occasions the a7S totally locks up. Sometimes this is solved by removing the lens, sometimes you need to power off the camera, and sometimes it’s necessary to remove the battery. Those are too many steps to go through when you need to change lenses quickly. I went to the store that sold me the adapter to try other other Metabones, and it happened in almost the same way with all of them. After that I decided to buy the much cheaper Viltrox II adaptor and it works better than the Metabones. As for the Metabones, some people had not any problem with them, and others have gone through several versions without any luck. Not ideal for a $400 product.
 
If the adapter works, it powers the image stabilization motor of the Canon IS lenses and that’s great for handheld shooting. I have only used EF mount lenses, not the Sony’s full frame FE-mount ones, but I may consider buying one, the Zeiss branded 24-70 f4. Unfortunately, one of the drawbacks of the camera affects the way you shoot with full-frame lenses like Sony FE lenses or Canon EF. I am talking of course about the excessive rolling shutter when recording in full frame. It’s really noticeable with pans and handheld. The APS-C mode reduces the jello considerably but you lose the full frame. I wonder if the Metabones Speedbooster + APS-C mode is the best combination against rolling shutter while keeping the full-frame look… unfortunately with the bad Metabones experience I am a bit reluctant to try it now (Ed – I would recommend using the Metabones Novoflex mechanical only Sony Alpha to E-mount adapter if you are worried about the electronics, although you don’t get any image stabilisation this way). The APS-C crop mode by itself is a great feature for news shooters, giving you two lenses in one, very much like the extender on the ENG B4 lenses.
 
The Sony a7S records 8 bit 4:2:0 internally but the XAVC-S codec must do some kind of magic because the picture quality is really good. I’ve been using Cine2 Gamma with Cinema Color Mode and it grades nicely. I want to test whether with Cine2 and Pro Color Mode it’s possible to get the same dynamic range with a more vivid picture that needs less grading. I don’t see myself using S-Log for short-turnaround news since S-log really needs to be exposed perfectly. Maybe if Sony introduces the option of loading LUTs in camera I’ll jump onto the S-Log train – but for now I don’t need it. Also, the minimum ISO of 3200 when shooting S-Log will force me to carry a new set of strong ND filters, because the variable ones are not enough on bright exteriors.
 

The Rode Videomic Pro is a good option for the a7S

The Rode VideoMic Pro is a good option for the a7S

I’m really satisfied with the quality of the a7S audio. For interviews, I used either the Sennheiser ENG G3 wireless system or the ME66 shotgun. For natural sound I tried the Rode VideoMic, but the rear part of the device will touch your forehead when looking through the camera’s viewfinder. So if you need to buy one, the VideoMic Pro is a better option. The internal microphone is much better than on any other video DSLR I have tried so far. It can be used for natural sound if it is not windy or very contaminated, and even for soundbites in an emergency. Another plus is that the audio levels can also be adjusted while recording. I hope Sony soon launches its new XLR audio jackpack that connects directly to the multiple-interface shoe, so we can have XLR inputs and two-channel recording on top of the camera (instead of having to use yet another dangling cable). I guess this jackpack will shorten the battery life even more; as it is I had to use 3-4 batteries for a normal day of news shooting.
 
I’ve been editing with Final Cut Pro X. At first I was transcoding the a7S files (optimizing as FCPX calls it), but this takes a really long time; much longer than the Canon XF or the XDCAM EX files. So I’ve been skipping the transcoding step and working natively with the MP4 XAVC-S files on FCPX, which seems to work just fine.
 
Overall I’m really happy with the camera. It’s an impressive little piece of gear for $2,500. It really can be used as the main camera for feature stories and, as mentioned earlier, I had a lot of fun shooting with it. That for me is just as important as the tech specs.

Miguel Toran is a staff cameraman for the Al Jazeera English network based in China. You can see more of his work on his website.

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Posted on August 2nd, 2014 by Miguel Toran | Category: Journalism, Sony a7S | Permalink | Comments (3)

Video review: The DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ that fell from the sky

Guest post by D J Clark:

After playing with a DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ in the park for the past month, I felt it was time to take it out on an assignment. 

The untreated footage, shot in standard auto mode with some adjustments while it was up in the sky, looks good on a mobile device but starts to show its limitations on a big screen. I sat down with Newsshooter.com to talk through my experience so far.

Video:
The Vision+ shoots 1080P at 25 or 30 FPS + 1080i & 720P at 50 or 60 FPS. It also has manual controls over ISO, white balance, exposure, sharpness & anti-flicker. All the above can be controlled during flight from the phone app.

In this demo I was shooting 1080P with sharpness set to standard. All the video is straight off the memory card unaltered.

Photos:
The Vision+ allows you to shoot JPEG or DNG RAW (4384 x 3288 px) and has the same manual controls as you have with video, also controllable in flight.

In this demo I was shooting RAW and the images shown here and in the video have had basic edits in Adobe Lightroom.

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Phantom 2 Vision+ versus the Phantom 2 with a GoPro on a gimbal:

As has been demonstrated in other tests online, the video from the GoPro Hero3+ outperforms the Vision+. However, bear in mind to get close to the same functionality as the Vision+ you will need to also buy and fit:


- a Zenmuse H3-3D 3-Axis Gimbal

- a wireless video link for FPV so you can send the video signal back to the controller

- 7″ FPV monitor with built-in receiver so you can see the video on a monitor attached to the controller

- iOSD superimposed flight data on video so you can use the monitor for helping you control the quadcopter
- plus a GoPro Hero 3+
- GoPro batteries

It almost doubles the price and is a lot less compact and easy to set up. You can almost start flying the Phantom 2 Vision+ out of the box and it syncs through an app to an iPhone or Android phone.

The fall from the Sky:
In the video above I describe how my Phantom 2 seemingly fell out of the sky for no reason. Since returning home I have been able to research the incident and found the following.

The crash was most probably caused by the Vortex Ring State – an issue with the stability of multirotors. The DJI Phantom is prone to it when descending too quickly, or in strong winds. My natural action to throttle up, probably made it worse. There are no warnings in the manual related to this issue.

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DJI issued a new firmware update in late April to counter this by restricting the descent speed. Although my unit was purchased in early May it appeared not to have the latest update. I would urge anyone with a Phantom 2 to check you are running the latest software.

I spoke to DJI support in the US and in China. Though sympathetic to my crash, both stated company policy is not to offer replacements to units damaged by this issue. Support in China did offer me 20% off a new unit.

Conclusion:
As I state in the video, even with the crash I still have come out with a positive experience using the Phantom. The video from the Vision+ isn’t as good as a GoPro Hero3+ but is so unique that everyone I have showed it to has missed its flaws while marveling at the smooth movements. The still images, once edited, are amazing.

The crash was disappointing as I still had another five flights planned. It was also an important reminder of the potential dangers of flying – especially when above people.


As I say in the video the shots above with the Phantom were done at the end of a network TV shoot I was on. I won’t get to edit the TV package for another couple of weeks and only then will be able to decide whether I can sneak one or two shots from the Vision+ in. It may be a stretch. But for online only, and learning to fly and shoot, I would recommend the Vision+. I am hoping DJI come out with a better camera or a better way to integrate the GoPro soon.

D J Clark is DP for Assignment Asia, a new current affairs program due to launch very soon. He also freelances for The Economist and teaches on the University of Bolton MA in Multimedia Journalism that runs in Beijing, China.

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Posted on July 24th, 2014 by D J Clark | Category: Drones, Journalism, quadcopters | Permalink | Comments (5)

The Wall Street Journal goes 4K video with the GH4 – the first newspaper web team to do so?

By site editor Dan Chung:

The Wall Street Journal in-house video team has started shooting and publishing 4K video. To my knowledge this makes them the the first newspaper website in-house team to do so. Their EMEA operation have purchased four Panasonic GH4 cameras as upgrades to their existing GH2s. Eventually the GH4 will become the primary cam in the bureau.

Currently the WSJ can’t display 4K video directly on their own website, but are able to show it on their Youtube channel.

The Panasonic Lumix GH4

The Panasonic Lumix GH4

I spoke to WSJ video journalist and producer Mark Kelly about their choice of the GH4. Having only recently received the cameras they have not yet been used for big news stories, but Mark recently shot and published a 4K video piece about wine – part of their one minute wine series.

This is what Mark had to say:

“I advised my WSJ editor we should get GH4 cameras based on a number of years shooting on the GH2. I bought into Lumix GH2 back in 2010 (when the camera was released in the UK) when nobody in news went near them. The DSLR revolution was well underway but everyone was obsessed with Canon – few were willing to break from the norm and use Micro 4/3. I loved that Panasonic’s prime focus with the GH2 was video, and that in the field I could travel light with three lenses. It was also a camera that you could shoot movement with, something the fixed DSLR brigade seldom did. In fact I used the GH2 on a number of shoots for The Sunday Times when I was managing the Multimedia team there.

While content appearing on the WSJ’s own platform doesn’t yet give a viewer the option to switch to 4K viewing, content appearing on other sites such as YouTube will benefit. 

Shooting One Minute Wine at the Devil’s Dyke

Shooting One Minute Wine at the Devil’s Dyke

The GH4s will mainly be used as field cameras and we might start using the old GH2s as cameras for fixed pieces to camera in the office. Now that the warranties have expired on them I hope to persuade my editor to let me hack them to increase the quality of footage for output.

Lens wise it would be great to have more. Each GH4 field kit will be armed with the Lumix 12-35mm f2.8, 20mm f1.7 and a Canon 50mm with adapter. I pushed hard for the 12-35mm lenses – I’ve wanted one for ages for my personal kit but haven’t been able to afford it. The 14-140mm and the 12-35mm both benefit from image stabilisation – which is of real benefit in the field.

Shooting One Minute Wine on Brighton beach

Shooting One Minute Wine with the GH4 on Brighton beach

These cameras wouldn’t be my first choice for run and gun shooting. Audio is still a massive issue for me and regular camcorders all benefit from built-in XLR inputs making it a lot quicker to manage audio levels. Having that control makes it easier to focus on what’s most important – good visuals and an editorial narrative. As I described in a recent post on my own blog I don’t think the YAGH is a good solution for our audio needs. For protests etc. I still prefer a Sony EX1/EX3, or the affordable and lightweight JVC GY-HM150E.

That said I look forward to trying the GH4 in more challenging environments. As I described in a recent post on my own blog I don’t think the YAGH is a good solution for our audio needs.”

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Posted on July 21st, 2014 by Dan Chung | Category: 4K, Journalism, Panasonic GH2, Panasonic GH4 | Permalink | Comments (3)

Frame.io – a new way to collaborate that might be perfect for news organisations and documentary editors

By site editor Dan Chung:

Frame.io Launch from Emery Wells on Vimeo.

You are on assignment and have just sent the first cut of your video back to your editor. Naturally she wants changes, but you are at one end of the world and she is at the other. She tries to explain what changes she wants, but you can’t quite visualise it. You edit another version but again it isn’t quite what they had in mind. After several more back and forths you might have a final cut, but you have wasted precious time and the whole process is super-tedious.

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Now there may be a professional solution to all this. Frame.io was launched earlier this week as a collaborative workflow tool for filmmakers working on creative projects. The brainchild of filmmakers Josh and Jason Diamond, founder Emery Wells and co-founder John Traver, it aims to replace the ‘hodgepodge’ of using Vimeo, Dropbox, and Gmail to work with media files online. The idea is simple – build cloud storage, client review, transcoding and light asset management into one seamless app. Clients can remotely see versions of your edit and add annotations and comments directly on video frames. Any confusion over what changes are to be made should be gone. There is a version control to see what has changed over time. Once you have a perfectly polished and finished piece that everyone has signed off on, you can publish it to the world from within Frame.io using export options to YouTube and Vimeo.

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The app isn’t specifically designed for factual shooters, but I can see it being just as useful to us as commercial types. There are other solutions for collaborative working out there but nothing I’ve seen looks as simple as Frame.io purports to be. Frame.io does more than just video review and notes. You can store, organize, review and comment on any media you upload. That includes audio files, stills and archival footage, which is perfect for both news organisations and documentary filmmakers. You can also upload full quality source footage and distribute to other team members via transcoded proxy files.

Frame.io isn’t available yet but if you want to know more and stay up to date with its progress then you can sign up at http://frame.io/

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Posted on July 17th, 2014 by Dan Chung | Category: Journalism | Permalink | Comments (0)

BBC cameraman Christian Parkinson tells all in his new e-book – Camera Confidential

Guest post by Christian Parkinson:

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I’ve just published a new book about working as a TV news and documentary shooter. Camera Confidential is for image makers who love to tell stories. No matter what you call yourself – cameraman, video journalist, shoot/edit, multimedia journalist, backpack journalist, SoJo, photog, shooter, photojournalist, video producer or visual journalist – this book will have something for you.

It draws on my experiences as a cameraman, editor and video journalist for the BBC, which I joined 12 years ago after starting out as a trainee at ITN News. I’ve covered conflict in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Ivory Coast, Libya, the DRC and Gaza. I spent four years with the BBC Africa bureau and have been lucky enough to work with some of the best correspondents and producers in the world.

Filming in Helmund province, Afghanistan.

Filming in Helmund province, Afghanistan.

Camera Confidential is also the product of numerous interviews with media colleagues: people like four times Royal Television Society cameraman of the year Darren “DC” Conway, former Sky News cameraman turned filmmaker Phillip Bloom and others from around the world including experienced reporters and security advisors.

Working as a cameraman or video journalist in news is one of the toughest but also one of the most satisfying jobs in the world. The years you spend shooting news and telling stories will stand you in excellent stead for any other challenge within the industry. I think Philip Bloom said it well when he told me – “I learnt from some amazing cameramen at Sky news. I knew nothing when I started. News cameramen work fast, think fast and react fast. I would always prefer to work with someone from a news background. You can always spot them. I would love to see the cameramen who look down on news shooters try it for a week! To create quality images under immense pressure is testament to the quality of people out there.”

Camera Confidential is not about the technical side of video journalism. It doesn’t explain white balancing, the difference between CCD and CMOS sensors or different camera specs – I’ll leave that to the guys here at Newsshooter. Instead, this is the book I wish somebody had given to me when I started shooting many years ago. It will answer questions such as: How do I find my first job? What paperwork do I need to complete when travelling with kit? What gear should I carry in a war zone? How should I protect my camera when shooting in the desert/snow/jungle? How do I shoot an anonymous interview?

Filming a volcano in Congo

Filming a volcano in Congo

All the proceeds from the book go to charity  I never set out to make any money from it and so I jumped at the chance to publish it in partnership with the Rory Peck Trust. Why the Rory Peck Trust? I am in the fortunate position of being full-time staff with the BBC, but often I see freelancers producing amazing work in risky situations. The Trust helps by offering training bursaries, grants and also support to freelancers who are in a crisis or been injured. With all the major conflicts and disasters ongoing worldwide I think it is more important than ever to support the Rory Peck Trust. Even if you decide that this book isn’t for you, please do have a look at their website and consider supporting their great work.

You can buy Camera Confidential for £4.99 via the Rory Peck Trust website here.

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Posted on July 17th, 2014 by Christian Parkinson | Category: Journalism | Permalink | Comments (0)

Go Creative show tackles drones – Talks legalities with attorneys and features viral fireworks film creator Jos Stiglingh

By site editor Dan Chung:

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This week the Go Creative show is focussing on probably the most contentious subject in video journalism right now – drones. Host Ben Consoli has a great lineup of guests to discuss the practicalities of drone filmmaking and also the legal issues surrounding their use in the United States.

Jos Stiglingh the creator of the viral video “Fireworks filmed with a drone” talks about how he created it and how it came to get several million view. Filmmaker Paul Antico talks about he uses the DJI Phantom 2 and H3-3D gimbal to get professional results.

Also on the show are two lawyers, Matt Saunders, a copyright attorney who discusses the legality of drones and the copyright issues that go with it and Jonathan Rupprecht, an attorney, commercial pilot and unmanned aircraft consultant that discusses the current FAA regulations.

Click below to listen in:

Below is Jos Stiglingh’s viral video:

And this is Paul Antico’s very useful look at the DJI Phantom 2 equipped with a Zenmuse H3-3D gimbal and ND filter:

DJI Phantom 2 Zenmuse H3-3D 3 Axis Gimbal: The Anti-Jello Real World Review from Anticipate Media on Vimeo.

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Posted on July 15th, 2014 by Dan Chung | Category: Drones, Go Creative show, Journalism | Permalink | Comments (0)

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