For those who know me, you know I have little talent when it comes to creating art.
I’ve been working on it though, focusing on photography, learning techniques and applying recipes that definitely helped moving up the ladder from ugly memory-keeping pics to more elegant images that actually start conveying some level of emotion.
Some of them can be seen on 500px.com and show that by following a couple rules you can create eye-candy pictures.
Recently I’ve been faced with a new challenge: sharing my experiences as a runner or a scuba diver. Turns out the logging plateform I use to record my experiences are great for a personal use or for sharing with their respective vivid communities of active practitionners, but way too complex for people who are not into this specific activity to actually get it.
The pictures weren’t enough neither – they were missing the context and ended up being too static and limited to help me tell my story.
Even animated GIFs seemed like a better option than stills when it comes to telling a story.
So I started looking into the video option but while I managed to get a quick hold on the do’s and dont’s of photography – video turns out to bo a completely different level of challenge.
I started to create a bunch of footage with my phone or GoPro which ended up creating GBs of rushes on my Dropbox. Of course watching the rushes unprocessed turned up being very boring – I needed to edit.
iMovie was an excellent starting point: but being able to create a short & engaging video content that would combine my footage and contextual data to share my story turned out pretty difficult and pushed the soft to its limits really fast. Plus any incrustation turned out super ugly.
It took me a while to realize that the music was an essential part too and finding something snappy that would accomodate an unknown clip duration while providing a start, a climax and an end turned out to be challenging. The Vimeo music store is a great start but would not prove enough.
The big boy’s tools such as After Effect are really out of the league of the casual videographer. Turns out when I searched online for examples of video that would be as cool as the amazing pictures I can see in 500.px, I came to realize that I probably wasn’t the only one having trouble making actually cool video contents from my footage.
So – any of my readers have an idea as the best way to make it happen without the need of a full team to make the footage and another team to edit it ?