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Starting again from DSLR to Iphone

So it’s been 2 years since my last blog post on here (I think), and 8 months since I last picked up a camera.

Truth is I got quite stuck into making wedding videos and it sort of took all the fun out of making videos.

Now that’s not to say I didn’t enjoy making wedding videos because quite frankly I did but filming just became a means to an end and not something I was passionate about anymore. This also came right after my last year at university where I started to fall out of love with filming due to a pretty poor course, which I feel was so different to what was promised that it really missed the mark with me.


8 months ago I edited my final wedding and prepared to move from nothingness/middleofnowehere England to London. I then spent the past 6 months struggling to adapt to big city life and find my place here. Which I never really did because I was too busy waiting for something to happen for me and applying for jobs that were not really what I wanted to do, to realise that I should get out there and do something myself. So with 2018 in full swing I have decided to get off my arse and make a change.


The first change is from DSLR to Iphone 7. All my shots photography and video will be shot solely on Iphone with a little help from apps and accessories. And with the Iphone 7 I’ll be able to shoot some 4K and some slow-motion footage which I am really looking forward to.


Firstly, lets talk accessories.

Olloclip Core Pro Lens set fro Iphone 7

This set consists of Fisheye, Super-Wide and Macro 15x lenses. Which unlike some of the other lens sets gives me much more variety for photo and video alike. Here’s the link to the website for more information on the lenses


There are other Lens sets from Olloclip but this one for me has the best variety. Other companies such as Moment and Exolens make some great phone based lenses and accessories but I’ve found them to be a little pricey and hard to get hold of in the UK. Here are both the links to Exolens and Moment for you to check out. Also I should note that Moment have a pretty good YouTube channel with a great Filmic Pro video on which ill link at the end.


For sound I’ll be using the Rode Videomic ME for now even though that means I’ll need to run a lightening to audio jack adapter. Let’s see how this goes I may end up switching to the Rode VideoMicro.



Next let’s talk apps.

For editing photos and shooting them I’ll be mostly using Adobe Lightroom CC for Iphone. This app offers awesome in camera controls including manual overrides for exposure, aperture and focus and the editing part of this app allows you to use things such as curves for colour correcting photos. I’ll drop the adobe link in below so you can read more about it.!3085!3!227038550044!b!!g!!lightroom%206&ef_id=WaGk-gAAAFBDvyvG:20180116153517:s



Last app I’m going to talk about is Filmic Pro now it’s the only paid app I’ve mentioned and at £14.99 if you’re not used to buying apps it might seem like a bit of a stretch, but let me assure you that this is well worth it. It gives you so much control over your video even allowing you to do things like set two focus points and switch between them while shooting.


Right that’s enough from me. So expect some YouTube and stock footage links being posted to this blog very soon. Here are some awesome videos that probably do a better job than I did at talking about using your phone for shooting video and photo. The Peter McKinnon video is more photo based where the Moment video focuses on using Filmic Pro to shoot on phone.


Hope you enjoy, will be back soon.


Peter McKinnon Videos


Moments video on Filmic Pro

Gig edited








So i’ve completed The gig i was editing. The gig is around 2 hours in length and was a nightmare to edit as i had 5 different cameras to edit from. Below are some screen shots of the timeline and different screens during the editing process.

I also had a bit of trouble color correcting the gig as when the lights when low on the stage i’d try and brighten the shot which left it with quite a lot of noise on the shot making it look very bad quality so i had to just tone down the color correcting of some shots.

Exporting the gig now so should be up soon.

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ITV Central News Open Day

Yesterday I spent the day at ITV Central in Birmingham.

The day was a great insight into what it is like to work in a news broadcast. I met a lot of different people throughout the day including Video Journalists, producers, editors, researchers and directors all of which were happy to answer question and were really informative about there job roles.

I really enjoyed the day and i think that i would definitely look at working in news in the future.

I am also quite intrigued by the job role of video journalist. A job that means you go out, interview, film and edit pieces which you then send from your car (via phone signal) to the news room for them to put in the news/up on the website. I think that this is a job that i would possibly look at doing in the future.

Organizing Multi camera footage

After filming last weeks multi-camera live music show i have spent a couple of days organizing the footage.

I ended up with footage off 5 cameras all of which have been sorted into separate folders and named based on the song the footage is of and the shot itself. Each camera has roughly 2 hours worth of footage.

I think its an important thing to do when starting editing a project such as this as it makes the editing process a little easier.

I am hoping to have the whole thing edited by the end of next weekend.