Teaching Examples

Short and sweet: One-minute photocasts
July 19, 2006, 1:35 pm
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Joe Burbank is a staff photographer at the Orlando Sentinel in sunny Florida. I met him last week, and his enthusiasm for his work made a strong impression on me. He’s been making a series of multimedia stories that he calls One-Minute Photocasts, which are fun examples of what a photojournalist can do without a ton of new resources. (I like the pool player story!)

Joe said he first shoots the story with his digital SLR for the print newspaper and then decides whether it would make a good slideshow or video. He’s starting to get good at visualizing the slideshow while he shoots. Afterward, he gathers some audio, and sometimes he shoots a bit of video with the movie function of a consumer still camera he carries in his pocket.

Two things he emphasized in our conversation: He’s decided to keep to the one-minute format for the time-being, because it keeps the story snappy, and all the parts of the process get easier the longer he’s been doing it.

Joe edits the show in iMovie and outputs a video file. He’s been mixing some original music in GarageBand.

Note: I have not been able to get these videos to work in Firefox, but they play fine in IE. I also think the page design could use a lot of improvement, but that’s not Joe’s fault.

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