A Farewell Video for my Journalism Students (view this story)

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Chuck Fadely May 6, 2010, 6:30 a.m. permalink

A really nice job of capturing faces and moments. I'm sure the students will treasure this.

Although this wasn't really intended to be a story, it could have used some story-telling to help move it along. It becomes pretty repetitive after a while. If you had explicitly structured it around one issue or one event they were covering, you could have a better framework to hang all the wonderful faces and moments on.

A couple of technical things: 1) for audio, you really need to get the mic close to the subject. The few nat sound bits here were rough. 2) The outdoor scenes are strobing because you were at a high shutter speed. In general, you want to use neutral density filters in brighter light so you can keep your shutter speed at 1/60th.

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John Harte May 6, 2010, 11:06 a.m. permalink

Thank you very much, Chuck. Appreciate it. With regard to the choppiness, I did shoot at 1/60, that's what has me a bit confused. Maybe the pan head wasn't as loose as it needs to be, that's what I'm hoping. Or could it be I needed to be at 1/125 since I was shooting at 60fps? Anyway, I'll keep playing around with it. Thanks again.

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Michael Fagans May 6, 2010, 4:17 p.m. permalink

John:

I see real growth in your video shooting.

The story flowed well, albeit long as we talked about in Dagny's, but much smoother overall compared to your early video work.

Glad to see you using the sticks, it makes a big difference.

Looking forward to the tighter edit for the general public.

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