Posts Tagged ‘flip camera’

Friday night I went home to play with my new camera gear that arrived and is a late Christmas present from my grandparents. It’s mostly lighting stuff (think very basic David Hobby stuff), but I did get a lensbaby, too. Lensbabies are simple lenses, where you manually focus on a point in the frame, and the rest is blurred. Check out the image below (no editing). You should also check out their site to see exactly how they work. My explanation is very simplified.

puppy lensbaby

I’ve made the executive decision to leave the lensbaby at home when I go to Romania.  This was after the tweet I got from Robert Hart advising me to leave it here. Also, after playing around with it for a while, I’m pretty sure it would be more of a distraction than anything else on the trip.

While I was home, my dad surprised me with a Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5. (My parents must love me a whole lot–thanks!) I am so excited about this lens! I can actually capture an entire room from the doorway now (yay!). Check out the photo below. My puppy was a little tired of being my subject.

Puppy in kitchen

By the way, Meadows just acquired some flip cameras (compact video cameras). It looks like I’m going to be able to borrow one, so Sommer’s getting her wish after all. (Thanks, Jake and Jason!) Now, we’ll have audio, stills and video documentation of our trip. Are you exhausted thinking about all the editing that needs to be done? I sure am.

So I’m in the process of searching for a camera backpack that has a laptop sleeve. I went and looked at some yesterday, but didn’t find any perfect ones. Anyone have any good suggestions?


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I’m going to build on my earlier post that made the oh so bold and unprecedented claim that the traditional world of journalism is crumbling.

I definitely still stand by that, but today I spent the morning and afternoon wandering the (pretty empty) halls of the Belo building downtown, listening to lectures, partaking in panel discussions and eating LOADS of food as part of the Belo Scholarship Day.

You would think that spending a day with a company that is constantly downsizing and reconfiguring would be a bit of downer. Strangely enough, I left inspired and encouraged. And I left feeling like Lindsey and I (and nearly all aspiring journalists) are sitting with a pretty decent view of how it’s all going to go down. We’re at least better off than those who are in the midst of the rubble trying to dig themselves out, right?

I think that the best thing about the industry realizing it needs to “reinvent” itself (reinvent was definitely the most used word of the day) is that we’re sort of in charge of doing that. Media companies like Belo Corp and A.H. Belo Corp are looking for innovative minds to hire. They’re looking for young people with passion and initiative.

During the panel discussion somebody posed the ubiquitous question that in essence asks “how the hell do i get a job?” And their answer was pretty much do everything you can to show you stand out. Show you want this job more than anyone else and show them you’re worth more than anyone else.

The Dallas Morning News managing editor George Rodrigue told a story about some girl in Seattle he knew who got an internship with a paper because she had gone to China with a flip camera on her own dime to do a sort of first-hand report on teenage interaction with the media. His point was that all the applicants for that internship had solid clips, strong references and some experience with their university paper or Web site. But only she had gone to China with a flip camera.

I guess what I’m really getting at is…Lindsey, want to buy a flip camera?

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