Videojournalism or reporting visually can make you highly visible. There ya are: camera in hand, mike out. You’re gathering news to put up…somewhere. On the web, on TV, whatever. So folks see you with that gear and think, “Hey, I can do THAT!” Piece of cake. That’s the visible part of your job. The invisible […]Read more "Invisible work…"
As House infamously says, “Everybody lies.” One of the “lies” of journalism is that journos are neutral – they don’t take sides. They are objective. Realistically objectivity is bullshit. The difference between a professional journalist and a crazed blogger on a rant is a sense of their own weaknesses and an attempt to be fair. […]Read more "The lies you tell yourself…they lies they tell themselves…"
…on the web, that is. Lately I’ve been mentoring students and a few newbies to both videojournalism and video production. Frankly they’re all pretty much rank beginners with the basics and a dream of getting better. And of course, they all have a website showcasing their work. But. The websites are pretty much shotgun, not […]Read more "The importance of a presence…"
…the stories you go on “just in case”… Routine almost to the point of boring. Hop on over to Amanda Emily’s The Dope Sheet and check it out. Addendum April 13, 2014. Just noticed how many folks are clicking through on the link above and think I’d better explain a bit. A lot of times […]Read more "It’s called death watch…"
Dangerous ground…especially if you don’t know enough to know what you should be looking for. This blog posting is for those who want to stretch their knowledge and move beyond simple P&S (point and shoot) folks who just use their cameras to take family photos or video or LAMIGABEC! (Look at me – I’ve got […]Read more "How do I choose a camera?"
I’ve been wondering what the difference in color temperature is between a good tungsten light head, a good LED head, and a cheap LED head. The video is below. Judge for yourself, but from what I see the tungsten is spot-on for good vibrant color. I used my little Lowell Prolight/cost around $120 but the […]Read more "Three way light face-off…"
Ah workflow…what you do and when you do it and in what order you do it. Now in the wonderful world of production, there is a pretty set plan. One. Pre-production. This is conception of the idea, be it a TV commercial or program, to the research and scripting and choosing talent and much much […]Read more "VJ workflow…"