Sometimes I don’t know how to identify myself. I bridge the role in my former life as an”old school” broadcast journalist and television producer with my new career today being a “social media maven” and jack-of-all-trades blogger, video producer, consultant, writer, photographer, marketer, speaker, editor, and publisher. It’s something that I struggle with a lot…not only what to call myself now, but with the sort-of decaying art of ‘professionals.’ No one used to be able to just simply publish something they wrote for the masses to read and now they can. And no one used to be able to just pick up some video camera and shoot and edit a video and broadcast it (unless they were just filming home movies or were actually a TV or film professional) and now they can.
Just Hit Record
Perhaps it is part of the reason that despite people asking, I didn’t shoot a ton of video during my trip around the world. Besides not wanting to do my “day job,” I didn’t want to shoot half-assed videos that I knew could be better if I had more gear, more time, my crew and a desire to be ‘producing’ rather than really traveling. But like it or not, video producers are emerging all over the web, some good, some bad, and eveything in between. So instead of railing against it, I decided to help them, by offering video training and consulting over at LLmedia. And as far as me, I still shoot sparingly, but still prefer to do it with a crew and not as a one-man-band.
Making Videos with Your Phone
Case in point. I was just given this incredible new toy – the Samsung Galaxy SIII mobile phone. But since many of you know I hate talking on the phone and also save a ton of money by only having a pay as you go plan (not very common in the U.S.), I mostly use the gizmo as an internet portal and a camera. And well, of course you know it shoots video. So I decided to test it out on my trip to Big Sur. It was super easy to use right out of the box and I do like the ‘edit in camera’ function of just being able to pause record in between shots which then saves it as one clip. I needed a little tripod of some sort, and while I did buy a bracket for it just for this purpose, wouldn’t you know it arrived in my mailbox in Chicago, after I’d left for my trip…so I went handheld the entire time…not something I usually recommend. For simple little videos, it certainly does a bang-up job, but I still missed having control to manually adjust focus (not a fan of ‘seeing’ it re-adjust and eek in and out during recording), and adjust my aperture, etc. as I do on my DSLR. So it can’t really compare to that, but otherwise it still looks pretty good. Oh and being I was shooting by myself, I do NOT recommend driving and filming like I did. Stupid, but looks cool. Check out my video and let me know what you think?
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Disclosure: My trip to Big Sur was made possible by Samsung who also gifted me the Samsung Galaxy SIII with which I shot the video shown here. As always the views expressed here are my own and do not reflect the views of Samsung.