I’ve sort of got it in my head that content without video isn’t content. I know that’s a bit of a stretch, but it’s an interesting idea to play to.
Since purchasing a decent camera, I’ve been able to self-shoot video. It’s a Canon EOS 60D if you’re interested; the reversible LCD means it’s piece-of-piss to take portraits, and shoot selfie video.
I’ve been kicking around this idea on Facebook of the Acoustic Selfie. A simple, single shot; self-shot video of an acoustic performance. Quick and easy. Yes, there are millions of those sorts of videos on YouTube, but most are pretty low quality. Self-shot normally means webcam or phone footage; I’m shooting for something of much higher quality.
The audio is being recorded to a high standard; I’m filming these in my studio, and taking full advantage of my very decent microphone collection. I’m also teaching myself how to finish these off in Adobe Premiere. So far I’m just adding titles and playing around with colour; very simple stuff, but it’s a way to learn.
I’ve got bigger ideas for these sorts of things, but I’m making sure I take it one step at a time. I’ve made costly mistakes with pro toys before; that’s a long story, worthy of another blog post…
For now, here is my first attempt at an acoustic selfie. It’s a cover of one of my favourite Ryan Adams songs, Afraid Not Scared. It’s been a staple of my live set for ages; this isn’t a definitive version or anything, just the best I could play it that day.
I’m doing as many of these as I possibly can, BTW. I’ve shot three this week, so expect many more
So, I got a new camera. It’s one of those fancy DSLRs that shoot HD video, which is why I bought it. I want my self shot videos to be better; they’re mostly just shot on a webcam. More on the why of all that later.
Wildly off-topic, I’ve decided to do the very popular 365 Project. Everyone and his gran has done this. Take a photo every day for a year; hope/try to get better at it.
Despite my very good photography education at NWHC and BIAD, I’ve never rated myself as a photographer. This is just a bit of a fun thing to see if I can’t improve on that.
You’ll find pics at krishalpin.com/365/ – stay tuned for more…