A Day In The Life Of…

Up until very recently, I hadn’t been a massive fan of video production. In the days before digital HD, the quality was, quite frankly, pretty naff, it always looked too shaky unless the device was mounted on a tripod and the editing process was cumbersome, lengthy and complex, not to mention the huge file sizes involved and raw computer power required.

Technology moves on, as it always does, and we have now reached a point where the quality of video is, when recorded in HD, crisp and sharp. Image Stabilisation technology allows hand-held recording to be done without the awful accompanying picture shake although a tripod is still an essential bit of kit and the massive advances seen in storage capacity mean that a 1 GB 5 minute HD video no longer requires a sizeable chunk of your expensive hard drive to store. Of course, we also have YouTube that will store our videos for us.

So, I’m gradually warming to the idea of incorporating video more and more into my creative workflow as the production process becomes easier with better achievable results and, for a while now, I’ve toyed with the idea of creating a photo/video journal of sorts. Mixing still images with video is a simple concept that can look extremely effective when a little bit of thought goes into the creative process and so it was that I set myself a neat little project to record and produce “One Day In The Life Of…” – a photo/video journal of one day in my life. It happened to be Monday 16th September, a day like most other days, in other words, pretty average. It was, for the most part, an eclectic mix of domestic chores, working on my websites and post-processing photos, a walk in the local park and musical activity in the form of guitar playing/singing, all the things I do on a fairly regular basis.

It was an interesting exercise that was a little more involved than I anticipated at first. As it is with still photography, “point and shoot” isn’t the way to go if you want the best out of video and there was a definite learning curve to climb with choosing the best settings. I learned quite a bit about my camera on that day and became more familiarised with the excellent video editing software I used called “Cyberlink PowerDirector”. They’ve just upgraded it to version 12 with native 64-bit support which makes a huge difference in its performance.

It was shot exclusively on my Olympus OM-D E-M5 which is a superb camera for taking video, not least because of its incredibly effective image stabilisation and, thus, we have the fruits of my labour below.