March 21, 2013 08:30
Most Meaningful Video I've ever Shot
Recently, my dad was honored at a famous local delly in Annapolis. Chick and Ruth's Delly has a pretty extensive menu named after local politicians and now my dad, who's the first reporter to grace their grill. My pops is a semi-retired TV reporter, who worked all over the country in local in national news. He covered Vietnam and the Israeli Six day war for NBC, worked for WMAR in Baltimore for 30 years and is now working part-time at Maryland Public Television. Of course, I had to bring my camera and start shooting.
Being a quick event in a really small, loud space, it was hard to handle the audio. I ended up just using the rode videomic, attached to the shoe of my camera. It's a shotgun mike, so it does a pretty good job of focusing on the sound directly in front of it. It's still not ideal, I'd have preferred to have something even more directional, but it worked well.
Lighting was another issue. The GH3 handles low level light really well and extra lighting was not necessary. News cameras were there and every time I'd get the camera set up, another news photographer would set up their light and I'd have to play around with the settings. It got tough during the speeches, where I didn't have time to fix the settings and just had to wing it. I guess that's the hard part about having a camera that handles natural light so well in a news setting.
It was a great being a part of it, it was a blast shooting and it was a fun piece to edit.