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?
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.
Instagram brought out its new carousel feature earlier this year, and one of its benefits is the ability to share panoramic pictures. In this blog post, I'm going to guide you through the process of creating such post with ordinary panoramic photos, and photos taken in 360 degrees. The original panoramic To begin with, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Research. A struggling engagement with young people has resulted in news organisations experimenting with their use of social media as a way of addressing a widening gap in their audience. In a series of blog posts, I have examined the use of Instagram as a platform for distributing news content. I found some common trends and good practices. The [...]
Mark Frankel is the social media editor of BBC News. He managed a team of audience engagement producers and writers who post regular content to Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and Instagram. I'm interested in Instagram, and why the BBC is so keen to explore this platform for news. 90% of Instagram's users are under 35, and with 600 million of [...]
Since its introduction last week, Instagram's newest feature serves new and exciting opportunities for news organisations. In a move that now allows for up to 10 pictures and/or videos to be shared within a single post, or carousel, news organisations can utilise the techniques they learned for Stories to create permanent news content. I took [...]
Tonight Instagram revealed a new feature that allows its users to share up to 10 pictures and videos within a single post. Like Stories, but as a permanent post. The idea is that you can swipe from left to right between the pictures, or videos. I tried it for myself, using my personal account to [...]
Instagram has two ways of publishing content: its timeline, and through its Stories feature. Stories were introduced in August last year and unlike timeline pictures and video, are only available to view for up to 24 hours after posting. It's very similar to Snapchat, and designed so "you don’t have to worry about overposting". More recently, Stories have developed to [...]
Data is a valuable product for journalists to not only source news stories, but to prove and disprove beliefs. However data on its own is unattractive, and isn't interesting to a general audience. Instead, visualisations capture the meaning of data, and should present it in such a way that provides understanding, while also making it [...]
In my last blog post, I took a look at some good examples of using video for news in social media. But how are some of these made? I've put together a quick guide for creating a video, specifically for Instagram using Final Cut Pro X. Despite Instagram now allowing portrait and landscape videos on their timeline, this [...]
Here are ten examples of ways news publishers are using video in social media. 1. BBC News: Instagram The official BBC News Instagram profile has a range of video and still-picture content. This post, from the 26th January 2017, is about Donald Trump saying "torture 'absolutely works' during his first one-on-one interview as president. The use of [...]
Distribution App is a mobile, tablet, desktop and web-browser application designed to make social media publishing efficient. Once setup, it pushes multimedia content to multiple social network accounts and profiles simultaneously with just a click of a button. [read more]