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by Mirsini Arvanitis   |  November 30, 2017 

On Thursday the 23rd of November we held the 2nd videography workshop by starting the session with the experience that the Lab students have acquired during the TEDx event at the Moraitis School on the 11th of November. The large majority of the Lab participants stressed that the light conditions turned out – as assumed beforehand – to be rather challenging due to the one-sided illumination. The participants commented further that was an intensive as well exhausting experience to be the whole day on one’s leg paying attention to all details and trying to capture the right moments. While discussing about the gained experience we were looking at the pictures of the students, whereby the participants made the observation that most of the pictures show the same topic – which is actually predefined by the TEDx event –, thus expecting a specific kind of picture of this event. The trainer gave pieces of advice and hints to the students that help develop their photographic skills and try out new approaches.

In the second part of the workshop the trainer introduced the Lab students into usage of different kinds of equipment needed for a professional video shooting. These include of course a camera [and a second one in case something happens to the first one], the tripod, different lights, filter for the light as well as microphones. The trainer explained to the participants the usage of the different video equipment by demonstrating how it can be used, for example, highlighting the importance of an external light in comparison of having a light attached above the camera and how this affects the video recording. For example, for movie shootings external lights were used, which were moved according to the motions of the actors, while for recording an interview external static lights can be used, which are oriented to the interviewee.

The trainer emphasized that the camera stabilization is one of the key elements for good recording since you have to ensure that your footage is as steady as possible. The tripod is therefore a useful tool, which avoids blurred images and warrants a stable video. An added value is gained by the ability to let the camera run [set up on a tripod], while you can work on another camera angle.A further technique consists of laying the ribbon of the video camera around your neck in order to stabilize the camera. Furthermore, the significance of the video’s sound was stressed by the trainer, emphasizing that capturing the best possible sounding audio already during the production helps to reduce the effort needed to remove environment’s noise after recording. For example, to record voices during an interview one can use lavaliere microphones, which were worn on clothes and can be connected to your smart phone.

After the technical input the Lab students had the opportunity to apply directly the newly acquired knowledge by trying out to adjust different frame rates (24 or 25 frames per second or 50 or 60 frames per second) and to set accordingly the speed (has to be twice as high as the frame rate), as well as ISO (between 100 and 800) and the aperture according to the light conditions in the classroom and the image composition they chose.

For the next workshop session the Lab students will prepare short videos about a subject of their choice. Since we will use these videos also for the editing session they are free to make videos that are related to each other in order to make one complete video out of it.

Editor

Mohamed Benghuzzi

// Chief Editor

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Kudos

English translation by Gigi Papoulias
Photograph by Nadir Noori
Graphic design by Alexia Stamatelatou

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