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AlexandraSD > AlexandraSD Blog > I am not being idle.
01/07/2013 - 12:58 PM



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Its been rather a quiet year for me regarding photography, but that does not mean i have not used my camera much this year.

Far from the truth, i am using my camera a lot recently, utilising the movie mode functions as opposed to static stills images. Which is quite perverse seeing as i was so against video capabilities on camera's not that long ago, how times change eh? The truth is, i am quite hooked on video now, and probably create 1 or 2 per week.

Mostly family related, private stuff that no one else but family will find interesting, being so interested in photography kinda makes me the de fecto family tog, but now i have moved into video, well, everyone wants their party captured on video now, and they keep on coming.

And there is my video blog, which is getting more and more random as time goes by, filming mundane stuff like me building a banjolele or stripping down a uke for a rebuild/re-veneering.

In theory there isn't much to differentiate stills photography from video, aside from the obvious, the same basic principles apply; good lighting is a must, specially on a bright day, 110cm reflecters help a lot.

The editing process is something i need to work on, but i am getting better at editing video as time goes by. I now actually record all my own music for my video's too, and here is how i do it.

Firstly i record myself on video playing uke/guitar with lens cap on, save the audio as an mp3 in prem elements, playback the recording through headphones then record more, drums/ tambourine, and repeat the process, i then mix it all down using VirtualDJ, it is a bit time consuming, i could probably do this in Audacity much faster but i already have way too much software on my puterz.

Its a fun way to create your own music though, and stops you getting annoying copyright notices on youtube when using others music (even with permission from the band themselves).

So not only do i make video with my camera, i also use it to record music, now i never, ever thought i would be doing that! If 20 years ago someone told me i would be using a camera to make music, i would have looked down at my canon av-1 and pissed myself with uncontrollable laughter, making music on a camera??? What, put a little highhat above the shutter button??? You eejit.....

Actually the youtube copyright notice thingy, i know its there for a reason and all that, but i really do have permission to use my fav icelandic groups music, not only that but this band actually encourage their fans to use their music to express how it makes them feel through the medium of moving imagery, something i have already done. But if you want a safe youtube account one must play ball, and create a seperate youtube account for such projects =)

I am hooked on capturing family events on video now. I suppose its because my parents didnt have a video camera, just a stills one, which influences my choice to use moving images to stills images. It seemed when i was a kid only the middle classes could afford a video camera, until a few years later when camcorders came into fashion, but we had all grown up by then, so there is no footage of our tribe on video from anytime until 2012 really when i video'd my brothers wedding.

I have captured a lot on video lately, and i show no signs of slowing down, i have been recording the birdlife activity in my garden for the past month or so, which will all be edited together to form one springwatch like sequence, with my own music of course, and what joys i have captured, such as the Jays who seem to have taken a shine to a certain tree with berrys on in the garden, and those fledgeling sparrows who left their home the other week, their home being the roofspace of an old building overlooking the garden accessed by a cracked roof tile 50 feet directly in front of my bedroom window, hows that for a front row seat? I managed to capture three birds fledging within 13 minutes, with the tired looking parents egging them on, and later removing old nesting material. Not to mention the flock of bluetits which unexpectedly turned up one afternoon in that berry tree i mentioned, though i wasn't ready for that and the footage was captured without the aid of a tripod.

In all just about 30 seconds of footage..... I need to capture more before i even think about editing and sequencing them together.

So dont be thinking that lexi bought a flash new camera and ended up not using it, i am using it in more ways than i thought i would, but i have not given up on photography completely, i still do it obviously, just not often now =)

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