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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!!

New Video! ThinkTank Turnstyle 20 Sling Bag

Hey guys!!

Wow! It's been a couple of weeks!! Sorry! 

If you check out my YouTube page (www.youtube.com/c/apephotos) you'll see i've posted a couple of editions of 'From the Photopit' in the last couple of weeks.

I've also just uploaded a review (of sorts) of the Think Tank Turnstyle 20 Convertible sling bag. I love this little bag - it's so versatile! 

The first shoot I took it on, i took all my equipment in my converted suitcase, and used the Turnstyle as a running bag, containing just what i needed for the part of the location i was shooting from, then returning to base to switch out kit as needed! Very handy!

It's also the perfect bag for shooting concerts with. It fits camera body, wide lens, tele lens and a speed light, along with a few bits and pieces. Basically everything that is required for a day shooting on a festival.

For the price (around €100 if you can find one!) it's unbeatable. 

The biggest shame is that Think Tank products are so hard to find in Europe. There are importers and dealers of course, but they add their premium to an already premium price - making the products just on the border of affordability verses usability. 

If Think Tank are out there reading this, then i'm going to selfishly request they send some of their products to me for review. If I can in anyway help to increase demand for Think Tank products in Europe then that can only be of benefit to us all, right? :)

a little magical bag of lushness

a little magical bag of lushness

Here is a link to the video

Please give it a like, and subscribe to my channel for more! 

And don't forget kids - Sharing is Caring!

 

Until next time!

Apeman

Is TV dead?

It's Monday again! But this time, it's Monday evening! 

I don't really know the reason behind it, but most of my blogging seems to take place on a Monday. Maybe after a weekend of relaxing and reading other peoples blogs, i perhaps realise that i should be updating my own, and subconsciously that lodges in my brain on Mondays to-do list!

Or maybe i'm inspired or something.

Anyway, TV is dead. Is it? I know my 30 month old LG TV is dead (the f**kers!), and the kind folks at LG want more than i paid for it to repair it (the motherf**kers!)! but that's another matter.

What i mean is, is TV as a medium for us to watch visual content starting a decline? Nearly all of us have smartphones, and most of us have tablet computers, and those of us who have neither have computers. Those with us without computers probably don't have a TV - so it doesn't matter.

But what is making me ask the question is thinking about how my own habits have changed over the last 18 months or so when it comes to watching the custard.

My TV now lives a life almost exclusively for sport. I don't really watch anything else regularly on it other than football. However, i do consume a heap of video throughout the week. 

I'm so in to youtube, and have been for a couple of years. 

I probably discover 80% of my new music via YouTube. I would guess i watch about 20 hours a week of other content that i would describe as serious content - so proper shows or tutorial type stuff - not cats falling off things.

Then there's video on demand services such as netflix, amazon prime, BBC, etc etc. I do watch stuff on these platforms, but not much, as again most of what i do like to watch is available on YouTube.

Were it not for Youtube, my shitty LG TV would probably have died after 13 months!

Apeman

Challenge update!

Hi folks! 

Well, i said in my post last Monday that i wanted to try something new, and had decided to go with video.

Like i said, it seemed a little crazy not to jump on the band wagon given the fact that i have the necessary camera, lenses, lights, microphone, computer with editing software etc. I was just lacking the courage to take the plunge!

Well, i did it! 

I already posted a video here last week. Since then i've posted a video from a shoot at the weekend, and have a couple more in the pipeline already.

I have set up a new youtube channel here

Hopefully there will be plenty more videos to come, so make sure you subscribe and check back regularly to see what i've been up to!

In the mean time, i hope you all have a great week!

Thanks for reading!

Apeman