Video: Street Photo Diary, Episode 2
They say the best way to learn is by making mistakes. Well, if that’s true, then I learned a lot making this video. I was in two minds whether to even share it or not, but in the end, I was convinced to put it up, regardless. The video itself isn’t too bad, but I made some mistakes when shooting that I’m kind of embarrassed about. So here’s what happened…
You’ve probably noticed that a few of my videos in the past have used a “point of view” shot to get the perspective of the camera that I’m using when shooting. For this, I have been using a GoPro. A first generation GoPro. Well, unfortunately, it had started to have issues. The case disintegrated, and the battery doesn’t last very long anymore either, so I ended up buying a new one. I went for the Hero 5 Session because for mounting on the camera, it’s perfect. It’s less intrusive, and the video quality is fine- it’s much better than the original. Also, Amazon had a special on! (I got it from Amazon UK it’s also on Amazon US although I think the special deal I got it at is over)
So, with this mind, I wanted to try it out. I was also hoping to do some street photography with a slightly longer lens as an experiment (I usually shoot with a 35mm on a cropped sensor, so 50mm equivalent), so I opted to use my A6000 with 50mm lens for a roughly 80mm equivalent. This is where things didn’t exactly go according to plan. Because I hadn’t used it in ages, the last time I had, the A6000 was set up for video, and of course, I didn’t go through everything and set it back. Because it was really dark that day, I ended up with the ISO set too low and the shutter speed was too low (because I wasn’t paying attention), so a lot of the shots I ended up taking were too blurry to use.
On a side note, it’s kind of amazing how dark it gets here in winter. Even with a 1.8 lens, and even in the middle of the day, I still needed to push the ISO up to between 400 and 800.
It’s a foolish, amateur mistake to make. I was focussing more on trying out the GoPro, that I wasn’t paying enough attention to the shooting. I also find that when you use a different camera and you haven’t used something for a while, you kind of need a little while to get used to it again, and so, I didn’t give myself any “warm up” time. I know, stupid excuse. But anyway, I was pleased with the GoPro!
The Hero 5 session is an excellent little camera, and there is a great app for it. You can basically control the whole thing with your phone. It is certainly much better than the way from the old one that I was using, of pressing buttons, trying to read cryptic symbols, and hoping for the best! I know that wifi enabled GoPros have been around for a while now, but it’s new to me! Picture quality is pretty good too. I mean, it’s still a GoPro so there’s only so much it can do. Also, as I said, the light was terrible. You can shoot 4k, 2.7k or 1080p. I ended up shooting mostly in 2.7k as it lets you sue the stabiliser. I did capture some in 4k. It was my first experiment with it, so I’ll undoubtedly come up with a better way of working with it.
Unfortunately, the stills themselves weren’t great. I did get some nice shots, but this was only about half of what I had actually taken. Again, this was entirely my own fault. One thing is for sure, I won’t do it again. Well, not for a while anyway! Here are a few of my favourite shots from the video!
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