Velbon Ultra Stick L50 (Quick look)

Me with the GH1 on the Velbon Ultra Pod

I have a selection of supports for my camera gear. All shapes and sizes, for all kinds of uses. Tripods that rarely see the light of day, monopods that for some reason have three legs but are still called monopods and those overpriced pocketable types with the flexible legs that flex to pieces. I wanted to get back to basics and find a simple aluminium monopod that suited my uses. I feel the Continue Reading

A Multimedia Storymaking Walk in Cambridge

OU_MSW in the snow

Despite the weather warnings, cancelled trains and chaotic roads the first Multimedia Storymaking Walk was a great success. Kudos to those who made it into Cambridge and spent time with me as we discussed digital story making techniques and had a look at some of the hardware, apps and methodology.  It was a lot of fun. Here is a storify with a few captured moments. Don't forget to click the Continue Reading

The iPad Mini (a mini review)

iPad Mini

[Disclaimer] I will be talking a lot about Apple products during this review. I have a lot of them and if these apps and tools I have become accustomed too existed on other devices, I'd be sure to be purchasing outside the Apple brand. I have no loyalty to Apple other than their expensive tools work for me better than other stuff ...Oh, and their 'Dealers' have dug their talons in deep. I've Continue Reading

Video Blogging For Dell at IFA 2012 Berlin

@BennyCrime Edits

The five days in Berlin happened amongst a whirlwind of other assignments I was doing in and around Europe. In fact I am only finding the time to reflect now. I traveled out to Germany with Ben James, aka @BennyCrime. It's not the first time we've worked together. I hired Ben to edit a project I recorded in Pakistan for the British Council. If you stumble upon Ben on the interwebs you might Continue Reading

The Noises on the Roof


I am currently in the process of updating a couple of Mobile Media Making courses. I'm running a number of courses in various locations over the next few weeks. This means I have to play and experiment with apps that have either been updated, or that I've not used for a while. Those that follow me on twitter will know I record and upload much more audio than video. Mainly because my workflow Continue Reading

Spam After Death

A tribute video to Craig Manganello

I woke this morning to a direct message from an old friend. Not unusual in itself but this old friend @CraigManganello has been dead for 1,384 days. Craig was a musician, artist and original member of Seesmic video. An online community like no other. Craig touched many people's hearts and minds. He rarely left the basement of his house and we were used to seeing him spontaneously compose a song Continue Reading

Video on the Fujifilm X100

I'm loving the Fujifilm X100 for image making. It has a great sized sensor in a beautifully well made, retro-styled body. It does have its issues though. It is sluggish when taking multiple raw photos and its manual focusing is fiddly. They are not really issues that concern my use though, and I feel most of the niggles so far reported can be fixed with a firmware update. For me its good points Continue Reading