Audio Slideshows: Part Two

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I respect and admire the work of Benjamin Chesterson, Co-Founder of duckrabbit and he’s someone I turn to for virtual mentorship on occasion.

I posted previously about my revisiting the use of audio slideshows and came across this five year old posting from the duckrabbit blog entitled “In Praise Of The Audio Slideshow” and I reached out to Benjamin via twitter about whether the medium is just as valid today as it was five years ago.  He said in a nutshell of course it was – if done properly to reflect the story/subject matter. Continue reading “Audio Slideshows: Part Two”

Audio Slideshows: The Story is Everything

Once again, I’m thinking outside the box – and asking why I should be doing what everyone else is doing for digital storytelling – ie; shooting nothing but video?

There’s good video and bad video – and most of what I see today is along the lines of a comment I heard Photojournalist David Burnett say in an interview talking about photographic images being produced today Continue reading “Audio Slideshows: The Story is Everything”

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.

The Still/Video Convergence as Soft-Sell Documentaries

Shooting a documentary in Oakland, California 2011

Let’s face it, traditional editorial photographic work as it was previously known a decade or more ago is dead, yet the new form of editorial content creation is alive – and growing.

This new form is the hybrid mix of stills and/or video combined with audio to tell stories in new and more dynamic ways.

The reality is, the pure photojournalistic style of editorial work is sparse – and the pay rates just aren’t there any longer for the most part.

For those wishing otherwise – including myself, it’s time to get over it and move forward or get out of the way. Continue reading “The Still/Video Convergence as Soft-Sell Documentaries”

Google Currents – A Milestone For Publishing Content

Google Currents is going to change how independent content is distributed to wireless devices.  That’s my opinion but I think a valid one.

A recent statistic I read stated that within 2 years, at least one third of content on the web will be accessed via iPad, and with the growth in numbers of android devices, this number could be conservative in this statistic.

As a visual journalist, I see the opportunity to distribute unique content now within the reach of any set of eyeballs.

Publishing is straight forward via Google Producer, which allows you to setup your content for distribution within the Google Currents ecosystem.

IMO, Google Currents can be thought best as a platform for established & independent publishers to quickly develop magazine-style touchscreen layouts.

This bodes very well for visual content creators such as multimedia journalists, photographic/text packages, etc.

As I focus more on producing stills and audio slideshows, I’m having to reassess what distribution platform I am going to utilize.  As it stands now, Google’s Blogger platform has alot going for it in ways the others don’t.  I like Tumblr, but it’s beginning to show more and more weaknesses – especially last weeks “Our servers are over Capacity” error I got – AGAIN.

I’m still testing, trying out different platforms for posting content.  My take so far is that Google’s own Blogger platform does the best, with WordPress second and Tumblr having issues with displaying mixed media content.

The gatekeepers have been removed yet again.

Audio slide show – Waiting for death

A strong, simple, yet compelling audio slideshow story told through still images and the subject driving the audio narrative.  (Click on image above to be taken to the LA Times website to view the multimedia piece)

Photography and audio by Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times

EPIC fail on the LA Times part for not allowing the presentation to be embedded on other websites.

Audio in Rich Media – Telling Stories with Sound

“If you’re going to get into the business of photojournalism, you need to know how to confidently record and manipulate sound…”

The original story was linked from the Media Storm website, but Apple USA had removed it.  The article was found on Apple Canada’s website and I’ve made Google Doc copies for future reference – I recommend you do the same – not sure how long they’ll be online.

“Investing in an audio recorder and a microphone is probably the most important thing a photojournalist can do to get into the new media game. Learning new skills is critical to keeping pace with the evolution of storytelling. These new skills will take time to master, but the upside in terms of improving the quality of your journalism and expanding your distribution outlets can be both journalistically and financially rewarding.” – Brian Storm

Full Article here