A DJI Phantom 4 Drone in a hover

Photography – The next steps

In Ph'tig-togs, The Story by GaryLeave a Comment

So I have my new DSLR, well that covers my photography needs going forward?

Actually not, It’s just one tool I have to capture our travel experiences and I am keen to explore other avenues.

The new camera is superb, and capable of capturing stunning images that will improve as I get more practice – practice makes perfect after all. What actually excites me is maximising the other pieces of kit I have to create stunning records of our travels.

So what are you talking about?

I am talking about the smartphone – an iPhone in my case. I have seen some stunning work captured on smartphones – and it’s the immediacy & spontaneity of having it with you all the time – it makes me think of the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson. It’s true, if I have the DSLR in my hands I’m unlikely to use the iPhone, but for when I don’t…

Then there’s the GoPro. This little wonder is a lot more than just an action camera. However, I need to experiment to see what it can do. In its little waterproof jacket, it gives me the chance of some underwater shots.

I guess the most exciting though is the opportunity of some aerial photography from the drone. The chance to capture some amazing shots, and also apply the ‘Tilt and Shift – Model Village’ look is also going to be fun.

A example of a 'tilt & shift' miniature shot

But there’s more

Oh yes; you see I call this section ph’tig-togs, but really it should also include video.

I think adding video to the posts on our travels gives a more rounded view. You can capture excitement of an event, or even something that just a picture fails to capture. An example is the pealing of Bow Bells from St Mary-le-Bow in the City of London. It is a nice church, surrounded by the development of the City, but what makes it stand out is that if you are born within the sound of Bow Bells, you can call yourself a Cockney. Although the definition of a Cockney has become somewhat blurred, and I think the EastEnders would likely consider themselves the true Cockneys.

So video is something I, or should I say we, are going to focus on. After all I cannot be expected to capture the world in still form and video too. So it’s over to Janis and fast-pan productions…

Where will I find all this amazing work?

Steady on, I never said amazing did I? I’ll give it my best shot, and hopefully you folks will like it. So as well as appearing on this site you’ll see my videos on YouTube (There may also be some Photo-movies on there too, that idea appeals to my creative side), images on Flickr, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter & Facebook – Phew, gonna be busy.

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