Phone-ography…

A paradigm (para-dime) is typical pattern or model of something. One of the paradigms of visual storytelling has been a certain type of camera. For years these cameras were the domain of professionals...large, extremely expensive, totally amazing pieces of technology. It took big bucks to get one and you made big bucks if you had … Continue reading Phone-ography…

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Whither to aim…

1. Point and shoot cameras. Flip type cameras with no zoom or a very short distance zoom (or worse yet, optical zoom) and no microphone input. 2. Consumer level camcorders with one smallish chip, a decent zoom and no microphone input. 3. Prosumer/low end professional level camcorders with three chips and either XLR or mini-jack mike inputs. 4. DSLRs.

...high?  Low?  In between?

Like I used to tell my students, you gotta know your target audience before you even think about creating a visual story.  Well, the same thing applies to writing a book.  In this case, The Basics of Videojournalism.

Our original demographic was high schools...then we realized there was a wider potential audience, so we have adapted to that.  And we've also finally settled on some of the finer points about our audience, including what level of gear they need.

Roughly we've broken gear into four basic groups.