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New Video: Kalbe (Milde)

Hey,

Last weekend my travels took my east to Kalbe in Saxon Anhalt. This place felt like the end of the earth - no people, no cafes, no takeaways. 

Three supermarkets serving the apparent 8000 people that live in this sleepy village!

Anyways, i had time on my hand, so it was time to finally let me Osmo and Spark join forces to make a short video.

 Travel light i always say. Travel light i never do.

Travel light i always say. Travel light i never do.

 

This also represents the first time i have colour-graded footage, and used Premiere Pro - it's a touch different to using iMovie ;)

 Sunset selfie

Sunset selfie

So, the results of my first foray in to Premiere Pro.....

Thanks for reading! Coming soon, more behind the scenes action from the Theater Oberhausen programme shoot!

Until then...:)

 

IGTV 🤔

Hey!

So, IGTV (Instagram TV) has arrived!

Is it the future???

I've spent years complaining at people shooting video in portrait mode, because we don't watch out tvs on the side do we?

But, it's here, and maybe it's the way forward. 

Taking advantage of how we are actually used to shooting video nowadays.

Some things i've been thinking about....

As a failed youtube creator (i think i manage about 4 rubbish uploads a year), will it inspire me to create videos again and more frequently? Well, i did upload already, so maybe the answer is yes.

Will these new longer videos draw people away from viewing instastories, and therefore reduce engagement over my regular instagram account? A big advantage is that the videos can be up to ten minutes long, and don't disappear like instastories - is this a shot at youtube?

Time will tell, but i find the concept and the idea really interesting. 

Film-makers, and proper creators now have a new toy - making videos in 9:16!

Drop a comment! What do you think? Is it something we could be doing already via facebook?

Give it a few weeks and see if it sticks!!

Behind the Image

Hi, 

It's been a couple of weeks, and as i said in a previous post, i will be writing about my recent shoots with Theater Oberhausen, producing the imagery for their 2018/19 programme.

Well, here comes the first in that series.

The shoot for the theater's new programme involved photographing the permanent cast of the theater in various situations, performing 'other jobs' in the local area. We visited a hospital, funeral parlour, and a kiosk, to name just a few locations.

Most of the shoots were carried out at night, in order to take a look in to what people are doing while the rest of us sleep.

 Midnight pizza

Midnight pizza

These shoots presented of course one major challenge; darkness. Something that can be overcome with knowing what you're doing, and a little trickery with lights here and there.

One of the most challenging shoots however was the team photo. All the men and women who work behind the scenes at the theater, who of course deserve their place in the programme, joined by some of the cast who were around on the day.

Photographing 50 plus people and making it look interesting isn't so easy. 

Thankfully, Franca, who i mentioned in a previous post, was on hand with some ideas and some sharp organisational skills!!

The plan was: use the main stage in the theater, bring some props in, and get everyone to lie on the floor in some kind of organised way so it looked like they were doing their usual jobs - or somewhere close!

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From a technical point of view, figuring out how to photograph the stage from directly above was a bit of a sticky point.

Sending the camera up with the lighting rig was the simplest option. Then firing the camera remotely. 

 Gaff tape and cable ties. A dream combo!

Gaff tape and cable ties. A dream combo!

Instead of using cables to connect the camera to a computer to take the shot, i opted for using my reserve camera, a Canon 6D, and using it's wifi function to connect to my mac and take the shot. Easy right - wrong!

First, the proprietary software which Canon uses to tether the camera remotely is junk! The camera and computer can't see each other automatically like the camera can with Canons smartphone app.  You need to first set up an ad-hoc network on the computer, then try and force the camera to see it. 

When you are finally connected, the connection drops every few seconds. And you can't use more stable software like CaptureOne - or at least, i couldn't get it to work. 

The dropped connection of course could be due to the distance between camera and computer, around 15 meters; but once i had moved myself, and the macbook up into the rafters nearer the camera, the problem continued.

 I tried my best to get as close to the camera as i could. This made communicating with the stage difficult.

I tried my best to get as close to the camera as i could. This made communicating with the stage difficult.

Franca meanwhile continued to coordinate things down on the stage, with me having to send a screenshot from the macbook over WhatsApp every few seconds. This was of course only possible while the connection to the camera was holding and i was able to see something.

Several test shots later, we were ready to go - and of course, the connection dropped again. Wi-Fi off, Wi-Fi on, close EOS utility, open EOS utility - you get the idea of what a struggle it was!!

We did however get there in the end, and managed to pull an image out with so many things to look at! 

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The image features on the inside cover of the new programme, and can be checked out online here!

There'll be more stories about the rest of the shoots coming in the coming weeks! 

Until then... :)

Shooting-day announcement!

Hey everybody!

So, after a bit of thought, planning, testing, and other things, I've decided to hit the road and bring my shoots to somewhere near you!

 

 

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Next weekend, there's two opportunities for bands, artists, actors and business owners to freshen up their promotional material with some new images at a reduced price!

First up, on Saturday 16th June, i'll be heading to Essen to shoot business portraits. These sessions are aimed at entrepreneurs, self-employed persons, online influences even actors and those that simply wat to spruce up their social media accounts.

These Business Shoot sessions are the perfect way to get yourself in front of camera, in a relaxed atmosphere. Locations are free to choose from; from a leafy park, to your office or favourite coffee shop! You're in charge!

 

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Sunday 17th June brings me back to my roots - music!

If you're in a band, or are a performer in the Cologne area, then this one is for you!

If you need new promo images for your bands website and social media feeds, then drop me a line! 

Again, locations are you're choice, what ever fits your style!

Both shoots are accompanied with a chat before-hand to get the ideas out there and make a plan!

For more info, check out my facebook page. To book, drop me a mail to info@ape.photos - it'll be great to see you there!!

Ant

 

Pasties and Pints (of Cider)

Hi all,

Food. It's good stuff right!

Well, photographing the stuff is obviously a key ingredient (pun totally intended) in the marketing of any business that's involved with it!

Dan, a friend of mine in Cologne has been quietly growing his business selling Cornish Pasties to the locals, along with a few other tasty products from the homeland. He's been in the process of moving to a new, larger location, and asked for my help with some photos of his products.

Of course, I was happy to be involved, for anything else, the opportunity of free food. Oh, and english Cider - alcohol is also currency after all!

Now, photographing food isn't something i've done an awful lot of. Photographers all go through the phase of deciding we're going to make a fortune from micro-stock photography and start photographing the entire contents of our kitchens. Even i'm guilty of that one - i'm sure there are still one or two pictures of chopped-up garlic cloves knocking around on shutterstock!

Here's the set-up. It's pretty rudimentary, and although i had an arsenal of lighting kit with me, decided to use just one bare flash, bouncing off the ceiling behind (and point away from) the camera.

 Yes, i know that tripod is totally unsuitable for the weight it's holding (feel free to gift me a new one)!

Yes, i know that tripod is totally unsuitable for the weight it's holding (feel free to gift me a new one)!

The plank of wood we ended using as our background was part of a seat outside the shop. It needed a bit of a clean, but ended up looking pretty nice!

 I got wood

I got wood

We had decided that we wanted to shoot with a pretty narrow depth of field. In the end, perhaps a little too narrow. So narrow that only part of the front of the pasties was bang sharp. It still looked good though, for sure. Maybe something to think about in the future. Although, like i said, it was what and how we decided to shoot from the start.

 Tether-time

Tether-time

We had a bunch of different pasties to shoot, and shot 6 in the end. You can imagine how much we ate during that shoot!

And the best thing was, we shot on a second day - this time CAKE!

The new shop is due to open today (June 1st), and a couple of days ago the images returned from the printers and were mounted in the windows. More will follow for inside the shop, and we do have another shoot planned when Dan gets round to polishing up the next chunk of wood!

 Looking tasty (pasty)

Looking tasty (pasty)

Check out Dan's website here - and if you get the chance, pop by the new shop at Mauenheimer Str. 28, 50733 Cologne!

I'm off now to start my new (latest) diet.

Ant x