Record Video with your Smart Phone
November 30, 2015
Photography and Video
Over the years I have used 35mm, medium and large format film and digital gear to express my vision. Upon returning from an adventure, I spent days in the darkroom, developing and printing in color and black and while. And as the digital revolution began I scanned negatives, large format transparencies and slides. I now work with digital files in the lightroom, my studio.
My goal is to create images that speak to the moments I experience. I like the slow process of becoming familiar with the subject, letting it speak to me, and then capturing the photograph, or a series of photographs.
Expressing my vision with video
On locations, I often find that I want to capture a sense of place beyond the single still image. Today's smart phones and digital cameras include the function to record video clips. I use my smart phone (iPhone 5s) and my Nikon gear (D5300, D5200 and varied Nikon lenses) to record short video clips when the muse speaks to me. I record a series of 30-45 second clips, essential gear is a tripod to hold the camera steady, but a monopod will do too. There are really small tripods available for smart phones and they work quite well when set up on a rock or boulder.
Reflections, Fremont River
Fremont River Moments
I usually collect about 10-20 video clips at the scene, and although I also record audio, I edit the clips and decide during post-production whether to keep the sound for the final video presentation. In National Parks, it's rare to have a location to yourself, so I often explore out of the way places to make my video recordings. The audio can be edited if folks nearby are chatting.
Here's a completed sequence of video clips taken at Capitol Reef National Park. Edited and shared using iMovie. I use iMovie to organize the time line, add audio, titles, music, and dissolves between clips. I'll share a step-by-step lesson soon.
Fremont River Song: Capitol Reef National Park
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