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Seven Lessons: Number 5 - Editing and music

Martin Johnson - Sunday, November 30, 2014
After you've arrived home, the task of importing the footage and editing in your NLE starts. Unlike a corporate video, which has a script or an outline, editing your holiday footage can be hard to get a start on. Here are some things to keep in mind ... Your audience Nothing new about this - all video productions need to have an audience in mind. In this case its probably you, the people you traveled with and your family and friends. Generally this sort of audience is not goin .. click to read full post.
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Seven Lessons: Number 4 - The shot order

Martin Johnson - Saturday, November 22, 2014
So far we've talked about how I used the new Sony Rx 100 Mk III camera on our recent trip to Europe and some suggestions on how to create memories. Shooting in sequences is the key, but getting the shot order right is also important. Now I'm not talking about the shot order after you've finished editing, but rather how to shoot them in the first place. In my previous post I said that I always like to get a 'feel' of a location before I pull the camera out. That way I 'see' the .. click to read full post.
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Seven Lessons: Number 3 - Making Memories

Martin Johnson - Wednesday, November 19, 2014
So how do you shoot video when you're on vacation? It's often said that holidays are about two things: recreation (getting away from a daily work routine) and making memories. A key element of making memories is using digital media to help capture the moment so that over the following weeks and months, you have something visual to prompt those memories. How and what to shoot On our recent trip to Europe, which prompted this series of seven posts, I saw lots of people holding up t .. click to read full post.
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Seven Lessons: Number 2 - Forget your tripod

Martin Johnson - Sunday, November 16, 2014
This is a pretty scary post title, given that like all professional videographers, my cameras are always locked to a tripod. I thought that would be case with my video shooting for this trip also, but I found that in 99 percent of the situations, it wasn't needed. Why no tripod? The Sony RX 100 Mk III camera has some remarkable inbuilt steadying technology. You can read about the technical details on the Sony web site, but in practice it worked remarkably well. In still mode, you can .. click to read full post.
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Seven lessons from playing tourist: Number 1

Martin Johnson - Friday, November 14, 2014
For the past two months, Pro Video Blogger has been traveling around Europe. Over the next two weeks, I'll bring you seven posts with comments and ideas that show you how you can improve your travel videos. Whether you're a professional wanting to bring back some great memories, or you just want to capture those key moments - these seven posts will help you. Each post will be backed by actual examples I've shot in Paris, Rome, Venice and cruising down the Rhine. These videos are my ' .. click to read full post.
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How to write a travel blog: Lesson 2

Martin Johnson - Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Choosing the pictures This is Lesson 2 in this series of posts on how to write a travel blog. With everyone using digital cameras, taking a picture no longer requires you to think about how many shots you have left on the roll of film, etc and so we take ten times as many (if not more) pictures than we once used to. Whilst this is not a bad thing, it does mean that we're far less selective about what we do take. When you come to chose some pictures for your blog, it's easy to g .. click to read full post.
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How to write a travel blog: Lesson 1

Martin Johnson - Sunday, November 09, 2014
This series of posts is slightly off topic, but Pro-Video Blogger has just spent five weeks in Europe and being a writer as well as a videographer and photographer, I set up a travel Blog (http://martinandjanine.blogspot.com.au/). I wasn't sure if anyone would read it, but it's something I enjoyed doing. After we got back mid-October, we had lots of nice comments from people who had followed our journey and said how much they enjoyed reading it. "Not too long and just the right amou .. click to read full post.
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