Some news, after filming the videos that I eventually turned into class, I decided that I needed a new camera that could get some shots my big bulky DSLR couldn't get. I like my big camera, but even though it has a video feature, you can't do very much with it aside from straightforward filming. You can't zoom, or even move the camera without it going out of focus, and it is pretty heavy, as I found out, trying to do an overhead shot by hold it it stretched out over someone for 4 minutes. I want to make a lot of videos this summer, just to practice, so I really needed something more. I had heard and seen great things about a tiny camera called a GoPro, so I decided to get one. I sold my old computer and used the money to buy this little beauty.
It is a great little camera. Extremely portable, and you can move it anywhere, and it's always in focus. You can even use it to get still shots, making it perfect for taking pictures in public without drawing a lot of attention to yourself. The only downside is that it only takes things using a super-wide fish-eye lens, but that is easily corrected in Photoshop, should you so choose. I actually like the effect for certain things, so I usually leave it.
One of the cool things about the GoPro, is that they make a ton of accessories for it. I've gotten a whole bunch of things for various uses. I have two housings for the camera, one of them waterproof, as well as a dash cam mount, letting you film yourself while driving, or get footage of the road.
I also have two poles for different kinds of overhead shots, or just to give you something to hold onto, to stretch the camera into places you can't reach.
For walking footage, I have a backpack clip, for more covert filming, and a head-mount, for a first person perspective.
So, with the new camera, I filmed the last video for my class, and after school, am continuing to film videos. I have lots of ideas, and will keep busy all summer. In the next few weeks I will start uploading my videos to YouTube, and I will blog them as they go up. In the meantime, pictures and more are coming! Stay tuned!