This was something that I looked into doing. I was quite full with work for Pro Experience and tried my best to get thing completed.
I applied to be presenter and finally got through, so I looked on Youtube for extra tips to present this Table Tennis show.
I showed up with the crew to shoot this however the footage hasn’t been edited still, as it is in the process. However I did learn a lot from it. It was a show was based on a table tennis club in Coventry, and I (the presenter) talk to two different members about the sport being part of the olymipc games and even have a go on playing with the members!
I thought that this is a good way to work on my skills. I didn’t manage to get as much pictures as I wanted as I didn’t have much time in London. However the main aim of the project was that I worked on focusing of a camera and why focusing is important in Photography, I felt that I learned more by myself because I didn’t have pressure and just went with the flow, and if there was anything I didn’t know, I just played around with the settings and learned from it.
Focusing a camera –
There is something called a shutter button which you press down slightly until you see a little red flash, which is called a focal point. Some camera’s have more than one focal point. I learned that the the Canon 400D has nine focal points. The more focal points you have the more accurate you can focus on an object or a detail with in the fame of your shot.
White Balancing –
This is something that I have come across with the Z1, 5 and JVC Cameras. You are telling the camera what is white, so you zoom into something white e.g. a white piece of paper or wall and adjust the colour until you are satisfied, if you don’t then the white colour will be unbalanced. This wasn’t so much as something new I learned but just something that I improved on.
I decided that for the next few days I’d work with Photography as I have never really used the camera’s as much.
I did looked at the Media Loan Shop and saw that they had the Canon 450D’s and decided to rent one of them out and use it in the holidays. So i made my way to London were I lived and decided to take a few pictures and test my skills. I knew that I had to do some research on the type of camera I was going to use and I decided that I needed a certain location to take picture in. So when I went to London I decided to take picture in my home town of Crystal Palace, as it has an interesting history behind it.
Research on Crystal Palace Park
The Crystal Palace was a huge palace made of crystal glass in 1851. It was a palace which caught fire and was burnt down in 1936. Ever since the unfortunate incident the park has been cleaned up and has built an Area, use for athletes training for the Olympics, a maze, ponds, and variety of dinosaur models which are located by the ponds, which used to be displayed in the Palace as part of a tourist attraction years ago.
The famous Crystal Palace stairs that used to lead up to the Palace still remains even though the Crystal Palace was burnt down. There are a couple of stairs and statues still around to this day, which are the remains of the building.
I’d figured how to use a H4N at some point during the year however I had to refresh my memory. I looked on Wikipedia and just to help me remember a little bit about the recorder and the functions of it.
We decided that we didn’t need to make it long and just used a voice over of myself explaining what the show is about, the making of it and what I’ve learned about it. Here is the final edit.
We had worked with a couple of short documentaries in the course and this time we used the library to research and look at examples of documentaries that we like or worked on. This a documentary I looked at:
We spent the time on looking back on the Final cut of the TV Show and decided to plan the documentary and took a few notes, to help construct it.
1) No Longer than 5mins
2) Narration Needed
3)Footage Over sound
4) May use Cut away images
5) Talk about the making of project and reflections
6) How and what we have learned.
We had several meeting during the day between work to sort out what we needed to do in order to create this documentary.
Once we’d shot our TV Show, I thought that it would be a good Idea to get a bit of feedback from it, instead of using people from my class I decided to ask a few friends and see what they thought:
Reggie: “Yeah, I thought it was really good man, just speak a bit clearer next time, you sound a abit like you talk to fast.”
Pete: Well good man!
John: Nice stuff man, I think that the white background wroked quite well for you, is it meant to be in a lab?
Nic: HAHA didn’t know you were a scientist. I thought it was all right a little bit to short though.
Abi: When the camera moves in at the start, it looked a bit unnecessary, apart from that everything looked ok, I like the cut away shots to the objects.
From all the feedback I learned from it and thought about how I can do better next time, it was also really useful
We we booked the photography room because it had the white background we needed, and the TV Studio was booked out. Once we shot the TV Show we decided that we needed to edit it down because it was a short show for kids. So we kept it short and sweet.
When it cam to editing we knew exactly what we needed to do, especially researching on ‘Motion’, this took longer but helped us so much, as we needed animation to explain the science experiments. Here is the final edit.