Photographing snow in 360º

Two weeks ago, the Midlands was hit by heavy snow. But with it came an opportunity to take my Theta S camera out for some photos. All I had was the camera, a selfie stick, and some gloves. Taking photos in 360º takes a little bit more planning than any other photo. Not only do you have the framing, lighting, and general set up to worry about, you also have the 'hide factor' to contest with too. How easy is it to remove yourself from the shot?

MA project: The finished piece

The aim of the project was to explore interactive video, and to find a way of providing additional context to the viewer. To do so, I created four videos. The first was my default, a non-interactive version to act as a point of comparison. Two videos provided interactivity by allowing the user to control the content on screen, and these were achieved using my own web-code and an online tool (Thinglink). The final video, exploring the ability for the user to control the direction-of-view within the video, used 360º cameras to create a virtual reality video.

MA project: Video editing part 2

It feels long overdue, but I have finally completed editing the main portion of both the flat and 360º videos. This is an important milestone to celebrate - not only can I continue with progressing the coded format, but I have discovered, acted on, and learned from some difficulties I wasn't expecting to encounter. Two [...]

MA project: Video editing part 1

In my previous blog post, I described the production of two interviews; with Sir David Omand and Francis Clarke. I've now reached a point where all interview footage, flat and 360º, have been imported in Final Cut Pro X ready for editing. With other commitments, I haven't spent as much time editing these as I'd [...]

MA project: First recorded video

This week I recorded the first footage for the content of my project. I did two interviews this week in London and Birmingham, speaking to Sir David Omand and Francis Clarke about the Investigatory Powers Act for my project. Both interviews were filmed with the usual camera setup, but also with a Theta S camera. [...]

MA project: Video content and production

As the sixth week of production comes to an end, it’s time I stepped back from coding to concentrate on the video’s content. Throughout the research stages of the project, I have wanted to test the proportionality of the Investigatory Powers Act - does its benefits justify an increased state of surveillance on members of [...]

MA project: Show/hide function

I decided this week to take the code back to basics; stripping it back to just the video sources. The previous code successfully placed the videos on top of each other, and had made a connection to the viewers webcam - but what about a show/hide function? This is something I'm keen to explore as [...]

MA project: Arranging interviews

It has been a week since my blog post introducing my MA by practice project, titled: In the wake of a growing threat from international and home-grown terrorism, should the public accept less privacy in exchange for greater security? I have so far secured an interview with a former director of GCHQ, and continuing contact with [...]

Introducing my MA project

This is the first blog post in a series that will map out the progress of my MA by Practice module at Birmingham City University. It is the final piece of work on my postgraduate degree in Online Journalism.It hasn't been too long since I submitted the proposal for this assignment, which I opted for instead of writing a dissertation.

Presenting an election

Last week, Britain turned out to polling stations to decide the next government to lead negotiations as we leave the EU. Theresa May's gamble to increase her stake of power backfired, and opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn's popularity has grown. Almost immediately after May's announcement in April, I received a text from course mate Dominika Suskova, [...]

Covering an election on Instagram

Following the research I conducted through my News on Instagram posts, I reported on the election for Mayor of the West Midlands Combined Authority using predominantly mobile journalism techniques, and publishing only to Instagram. What I found, was that there was a definite need to prepare everything in advance. I started the election coverage with some simple carousel [...]