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I’m Not a Pro, Do I Need a Portfolio?

Some great thoughts about having a portfolio. Working with video I always keep all my projects as a portfolio type thing. I will then eventually create a demo reel.

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My previous article about the advantages of portfolio reviews has created a very interesting discussion. The question was raised “Why would I need a portfolio, I’m not a pro”, and even more intriguing “what exactly is a portfolio”. To clarify a few things, first let me say that having a portfolio has nothing to do with “pro” or “amateur”. I don’t like these terms anyway, because it implies that a “pro” creates better pictures, which – as we all know – is nonsense. It only means that a “pro” pays the bills with photography, no matter how good (or bad) his/her images are.

A portfolio is simply a very small selection of your best work. It’s nowhere written that a portfolio must be public, it can reside on your hard drive in a folder, on your iPad, on…

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Some Cool Things in the Studio

Oh the studio. There is so much to be done in the studio. Well that is more so depending on how much space you have to play with. The more room the better I always say. In the studio you can have various sets up for the type of show or video you are producing. It also requires a lot of work with pre and post production to have a solid final production.  Read the rest of this entry

Adobe Premier Pro vs Final Cut Pro

There has always been the dilemma of which editing software to use. I have flip flopped throughout my career between Adobe Premier and Apples Final Cut Pro. I started with premier then went to college and started using Final Cut and now my school has just installed Premier onto to computers in our editing suite. So now I am back on that Premier train. I’ve always like it a lot better but I definitely had to re-familiarize myself with the program. This is also a problem for other making the transition.

One main concern is getting accustomed to the layout. The default Premier layout is pretty different compared to Final Cut, especially if you are using the newest CS6. But this can be easily tweaked by changing around some of the windows. Or what I found to be really helpful was changing the entire workstation layout to the CS5 setting. This gives you much more of a Final Cut type workstation and I believe it is much easier to get organized using this setting.

Efficiency is also always a concern. In my opinion Premier offers a lot more power and versatility when it comes to editing videos. There are a lot more effects in Premier to be utilized but you really need to learn what each one does so that it can be used to its maximum potential. And every video requires different effects and each effect might need to be tweaked in different ways to really get the look and feel you are trying to get.

I never find exporting to be too much of a hassle but for some it might be. If you are so used to exporting from Final Cut then moving to Premier might be a little painstaking. You really just need to go through all of Premiers export setting and explore until you figure out the export settings just like you probably did when you started using Final Cut.

In the Field: A Learning Curve

We have all been here at one point in our career. It is definitely a learning process. From making sure the battery is charged and having enough memory to knowing how to operate the camera and all of its functions.

Taylor Marie Esler

I have a new appreciation for photographers and videographers. This past week, I conducted my first video interview and it was one of the most nerve wrecking things I have done for Multimedia Journalism. The thing about working in the field is it’s do or die. You only have one opportunity to collect media in the field.If the media you capture is blurred or the audio fuzzy, you’re basically out of luck. Skill and practices are necessary when trying to get those spontaneous, one in a life time shots. Thus, the pressure to preform with a camcorder that was still pretty foreign to me made me almost pee my pants. I was interviewing the director to the LGBTQ center, and I already knew she was hesitant to interview with me. Especially on mizzou’s campus, campus faculty get pestered to death by journalism students wanting to use them as sources. So…

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15 Softwares and what they want us to do

1. iMovie

The most basic of apple editing software

2. Final Cut

A more justifiable version of iMovie. Cut, trim, edit, filters… that’s about all I’m capable of.

3. Adobe Premier

Why use Final Cut when I can accomplish so much more while being much more user friendly?

4. Avid

I can do everything that premier and final cut can do combined. Now open up those wallets editors!

5. Adobe After Effects

Special effects for all your video needs. Generate some incredible visuals in 3D space.

6. Adobe Photoshop

Time to color correct those photos! Or just make it look like you have six pack abs.

7. Adobe Illustrator

Become a magazine designer.

8.  Adobe Dreamweaver

The power of the web at your fingertip. Web design that is.

9. Adobe Flash

Animation Nation

10. Adobe Fireworks

No it is not to create fireworks but rather a stepping stone of flash animations and shapes.

11. Bridge

Basically your desktop, computer, drives, and all belongings in a sleek browser/finder.

12. Adobe Soundbooth

Can you hear me now?

13. Protools

How the professions create that professional sound.

14. Adobe Encore

I can take all your creative ideas and format them neatly onto a DVD with title and menu screens!

15. Windows Movie Maker

Should this even count as an editing software?

Kayak photography video

Great way to explore the world and be free in open waters. Plenty of cool things to photograph. Awesome video made by Galen

Galen Leeds Photography

I spend a lot of time kayaking, exploring, and photographing the natural world. Motorless boats, cameras, and nature all go so well together- gliding silently along, with only the murmur of the paddle to interrupt the songs of the myriad birds, slipping along as just another shadow, observing and capturing moments of calmness and clarity. Of course, it’s not always calm, peaceful bliss, but I like to imagine that it is, and so that is what I am sharing with all of you, some of that stillness of nature that I actually do find most of the time that I am out there… the calm beauty that nature can be.

My most common (yet by no means only) place that I get to explore and share is Tomales Bay, a beautiful yet rugged place in Northern California. It is a fantastic area to explore with a rich and varied ecosystem…

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