I am so used to doing photo walk videos with camera face, it never really dawned on me before I could shoot them myself when he is not around, without use of a GoPro or something. The ability to quickly go from video to stills on the Olympus OM-D E-M1 mkii is very handy! This does pose a couple of issues though.
It makes it a lot harder to get very quick street photographs. It still takes time to change from video mode to a stills mode, compose, and shoot. An alternative to this, certainly with the Ricoh GRII, is to have the Olympus on a neck strap, and the GRII on a wrist strap. One can be dropped for the other. The down side to this is, I really don’t like using neck straps.
However, this does mean when travelling to a location or shooting a style like Landscape or when fishing for photos, recording this kind of video is a lot easier. This is where planning pays off. For example, my recent video in Hastings, I knew that there is a lot of interesting places to get photographs where I do not need to be quick. On the cliffs you have a great view, and lots of ruins and rocks to take photos of, and you can get some cool video footage going up in the funicular.
I still think Hastings is a great place to do a video with several people in it, it’s just a shame it is not that easy for me or my friends to get to.
Shooting videos by oneself has been done before, you see a lot of it on YouTube. I always felt it couldn’t be done in a way that gets in the way of me shooting, but making certain compromises it can work. I guess the way to look at it is I am a photographer first and a videographer second. Granted, it has become more 60/40 now, and I do enjoy making videos.
I think shooting videos on your own makes it a lot easier to edit the footage afterwards. For example, I knew I wanted some footage in the car, walking along, going up the funiculars, and capturing the Pier. Of course you can plan like this when shooting with other people, the difference is I know exactly what I want from footage I have taken myself. I know what clips will be ones I want to keep. It does however take some of the interaction out of my videos, which I feel is important.
What I mean by this is, the banter and shenanigans I have with cameraface and other peolple in my videos is an important part of what makes my videos ‘flavour’. This can take away from when either the footage is not so good due to location or other unplanned issues, or I just am not able to get any decent shots.
Shooting by myself means this element is removed. Now I could add vloggy bits, and this works well for other youtubers, but sometimes I just want to be creative and not talk into a lens.
Anywho, Ironically this has become more of a blog than a proper article, but let’s call it an honest realisation that I can make videos out and about on my own if I have to. However, I would rather do it with cameraface & friends. - Sly.