I feel like ‘Glimpses’ has just entered a new era – The era of the Sports Camera. That’s right, I’ve moved to videography…..but only temporarily!!
We acquired a Sports Camera some time ago and have not had a lot of time to really play with it. In the early days we were impressed by its small size and post-production image quality, and still are. It comes with a ‘million’ accessories including chest and/or head straps and brackets for almost any conceivable moving or stationary object imaginable. It’s a fun little gadget and we are suitably impressed.
At first though, we had absolutely NO IDEA what we were doing!
ABC Open visited (ages ago!) and a group of us collaborated to create this video postcard….
Read more about The Video Postcards Project here.
I should probably ‘fess up now (before rumours start) that this clip is not completely accurate. Mostly because I have not secretly hidden a 12-year-old son called JJ from every person I know until now :)
More recently, I finally took the plunge – very literally. It took me 12 months or more to finally make use of the waterproof casing that came with our GoPro Hero3 and did a fun shoot in the swimming pool. For me, this was not an easy thing to do. It goes against every belief and rule I have about taking particular care of my things, especially my expensive, cherished, technical gadget things relating to my photography kit. Why would one voluntarily throw that stuff in a pool full of water? I was nervous. But thankfully, the casing did its job and I now have these memories of my Wild Brumby Girl come Mermaid who loves the water.
I’m not much of a videographer, no really, I’m not! I had a 1min 30sec clip recorded with the camera attached to the front of a quad bike while being ridden and I couldn’t edit it, save it, shorten it or make it conform in any way so that it would upload to this post. My apologies.
So given my lack of expertise, I did the next best thing – I cheated. This time I took photos in burst mode. I edited them. I created a slide show in LR (another first for me!) with a high-speed change over between slides. And…..a bunch of stills that look like a video……wallaah!
I love this kid! Swimming is one of her strengths and so creating this for her, albeit only 3secs AND the whole world now knows I don’t keep my pool very clean, was a valuable treat for both of us :)
Like I said, I’m not much of a videographer – REALLY. But I will definitely being using the Sports Camera more often, now that I’m not scared of it anymore!
Obvious things to keep in mind –
1. Complete the recommended waterproof case testing before submersion.
2. Complete the recommended waterproof case testing before submersion again.
3. It has that wide-angle/fish eye lens thing going on.
4. Composition – you basically have to wing it!