Minimalism: The Audio Slideshow as a Storytelling Medium

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I want to get this out of the way first: Growing older is for the birds.

Let me explain this inevitability: I’m now firmly in my 50’s and those two things I use to do what I do — my eyes —  aren’t what they use to be. Even with corrective lenses — shooting video has become painfully more difficult with maintaining focus on my subjects that are not stationary. This became readily apparent this past weekend shooting what I call hand held video portraits — shooting footage of a subject looking at the camera but hand holding the camera instead of putting on a tripod.

Even with focus peaking and such, I could not maintain accurate focus on the subjects eyes. The footage I shot was soft, slightly out of focus and mushy —  a total bust. Continue reading “Minimalism: The Audio Slideshow as a Storytelling Medium”

What Inspires Me: Airsick on @MediaStorm

What Inspires Me: Airsick on @MediaStorm

“Created with 20,000 photographs and a haunting soundtrack, Airsick plays out like an unsettling dream. Photographer Lucas Oleniuk examines our addiction to fossil fuel – and its consequences.”

One of the only videos I’ve seen where timelapse images are used in a proper way that tells a compelling story.  The use of b/w monochromatic images provides a sense of stark reality of just how important the message being imparted is.

More shooters could learn a thing or two about how to use the technique in a meaningful way by watching this piece.

I still believe that compelling stories can be told with mixed media, not just stills or video only.

I still believe that compelling stories can be told with mixed media, not just stills or video only.

Description:  Flying in a motorized paraglider over one of the most diverse continents in the world, George Steinmetz captures in his photographs the stunning beauty, potential and hope of Africa’s landscapes and people. See the project at http://mediastorm.com/publication/african-air