Interesting look at the new ZoomH5.
Competent video for newspaper's websites has been a long time coming. Too often management has asked more of reporters and photographers without giving them the proper tools, training and time to be successful. Both The Guardian and The New York Times are leaders in investing money, time and talent in creating regular online videos. Together these two organizations have set an industry standard.
Let's look at an example from The Guardian, Australia Edition:
This is a simple interview with writer David Simon shot in natural light. It appears this was shot with one stable camera and one roaming camera collecting establishing shots, detail shots, b-roll, and a second angle on Simon.
The crew for this shoot could have been as small as two people (including the interviewer), but more likely it was a three person crew. The audio on both Simon and the interviewer is essentially clean, and as we know 'good video with bad audio is bad video'.
The interview opens on a close up of Simon talking and they stay with this shot for over a minute. This is unusual for a short online video. It would make more sense if they didn't have establishing shots to set the scene, but as we see they have all those shots and yet they choose to stay on Simon, so it's obviously a deliberate choice. We can assume they did in an attempt to focus the viewer's attention on the content of what Simon is saying.
Detail Shots: An extreme close up of the top of David's head, and of his shoe used to cover edits.
B-Roll Footage: Shots of the coast, a boat and a bridge.
Establishing Shots: These two short wide shots are the only glimpses we get of the interviewer.
This video is an example of the basic elements of competent newspaper video: good audio, decent lighting, multiple cameras or angles, detail shots, establishing shots, b-roll and moving focus (a stylistic choice favoured by The NY Times).
Beat the Devil with Bogart is silly fun. Mr. Brown is a great villain in The Big Combo. Orson Welles hunts Nazis in style in The Stranger. Angela Lansbury kills as a scheming femme fatale in Please Murder Me. Edward G. Robinson is the perfect dupe in Fritz Lang's Scarlet Street. I could go on. Explore the whole list yourself at openculture.com.
On Saturday 28 July 2012, Wade Michael Page walked into the Shooters Shop in Wisconsin to buy a 9mm semi-automatic handgun, and ammunition. Eight days later, the 40-year-old military veteran arrived at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek and began shooting at members of the congregation who had gathered to prepare a meal. During the shooting, six members of the Sikh community, one police officer and the attacker were killed.Read More
In an unremarkable business park outside the city of Ann Arbor, in Michigan, stands a poignant memorial to humanity's shattered dreams. It doesn't look like that from the outside, though. Even when you get inside – which members of the public rarely do – it takes a few moments for your eyes to adjust to what you're seeing. It appears to be a vast and haphazardly organised supermarket; along every aisle, grey metal shelves are crammed with thousands of packages of food and household products. There is something unusually cacophonous about the displays, and soon enough you work out the reason: unlike in a real supermarket, there is only one of each item. And you won't find many of them in a real supermarket anyway: they are failures, products withdrawn from sale after a few weeks or months, because almost nobody wanted to buy them. In the product-design business, the storehouse – operated by a company called GfK Custom Research North America – has acquired a nickname: the Museum of Failed Products.Read More
Interview with Peter C. Newman by Tiffany Brown Olsen.
When you think of Audio Hijack Pro, you probably think about using the program to record sound from live streaming broadcasts or iTunes. There's so much more you can do. For example, I like to use it to amplify sounds in QuickTime, VLC, Windows Media Player or other programs where I watch video and listen to audio.Read More
"Social Fixer for Facebook" (formerly known as Better Facebook) is a free browser extension that improves the Facebook site by eliminating annoyances and adding lots of great enhancements and functionality. It runs in most browsers and installs in just a minute.
I first saw Cindy Sherman's Untitled Film Stills in 1998 in Budapest. They changed the way I saw the world. Seeing them again was just as powerful as the first time, but I do have to admit that I don't connect with her newer works.
For an intense decade between 1935 and 1946, Weegee (1899–1968) was one of the most relentlessly inventive figures in American photography. His graphically dramatic and often lurid photographs of New York crimes and news events set the standard for what has become known as tabloid journalism. Freelancing for a variety of New York newspapers and photo agencies, and later working as a stringer for the short-lived liberal daily PM (1940–48), Weegee established a way of combining photographs and texts that was distinctly different from that promoted by other picture magazines, such as LIFE. Utilizing other distribution venues, Weegee also wrote extensively (including his autobiographical Naked City, published in 1945) and organized his own exhibitions at the Photo League. This exhibition draws upon the extensive Weegee Archive at ICP and includes environmental recreations of Weegee's apartment and exhibitions. The exhibition is organized by ICP Chief Curator Brian Wallis.
This exhibition was made possible with support from the ICP Exhibitions Committee, The David Berg Foundation, an Anonymous donor, and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. The touch screen content was produced by Documentary Arts in association with Octothorp Studio.