Thought for the day…”One fails forward toward success.”
“The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.”
One of the big decisions that I am wrestling with at the moment is whether to concentrate on taking still photos, or take videos as well. Taking videos is a whole different ball game, needing more equipment (including a much heavier tripod) and a host of other bits and pieces. Not only that, taking videos takes more time to set up and then even longer to edit.
Not only that, but I am beginning to question just how much photographic equipment I am sometimes carrying….a Fuji still camera, extra Fuji lenses (including a zoom lens that weighs 1.4kg), battery charger, spare batteries and trip. Add to that 2 action cameras (Garmin & Go Pro), their battery chargers, their cables and all the special fittings that both need then the camera bag starts to get very big. And on top of this, there is the quadcopter, again with its own battery charger, extra batteries and controller. Of course, the leads and plugs for each are different.
So the camera bag is getting fuller and fuller, heavier and heavier. Sometimes I think that going out to take photos is becoming a bit like a National Geographic photo trip. So once again, I am trying to decide whether or not to concentrate on still photos, or to continue with videos as well. Not an easy decision. The quality of videos on sites like YouTube and Vimeo is SO high now….what was acceptable 10 years ago is not not, so videos have to made much better than before.
Not an easy decision, and one that needs a lot more thought.
Two still photos today, the first from the Brienzersee lake in central Switzerland, with one of the BLS lake boats, the second photo from the military air base at Meiringen, and a photo of an F-18 Hornet taking off for a practice flight prior to the recent airshow.
and another photo from the archives…
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RESPECT, CONSIDERATION & FAIRNESS
Thought for the day…” Failure is success if we learn from it” (Malcolm Forbes).
“About the time we can make the ends meet, somebody moves the ends”
I am having a hard time trying to decide about video. Often I carry with THREE cameras, the Fuji X-T10, a GoPro action camera and also a Panasonic video camera. Not only does that take some managing (only two hands !) but it also needs organizing with chargers (all are different of course, nothing standard) and batteries (again, all different sizes, and all needing their own chargers). So at the moment I am trying to decide if I should concentrate on still photography, or continue to try the occasional video as well. Video editing takes a lot of time, and if it is 4K then a lot of computer time too. Videos need you to use a tripod as well, which means more to carry and even more to set up. One of the great advantages of the mirrorless camera system is their smaller size. But I am wondering if I am losing all this by carrying 3 cameras, battery charges, tripod etc. A good still picture is powerful, and says a lot. Video is great if it is done properly, but the question at the moment is, are three cameras etc. too much to conveniently manage?. And it would be nice to have a drone/quadcopter as well, although the recent law changes in Sweden effectively banning photography from drones might end that plan. Photography should be an enjoyable hobby, but I do not want to start carrying so much equipment that it becomes more like a NatGeo filming trip. Perhaps it is better to concentrate on still photography only??
and another photo from the archives…fireworks over Bergen, Norway last year.
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