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Tuesday, 14 February 2012

ARTICLE: Different Kind of Loves

I discovered a weird thing in a weird way the other day.

I'm a creative person. If you know me or follow me somewhere online, you know this. One of the things I like to do is Videography. Since I started making videos, I've ALWAYS been unhappy with my camera that I've used. I had a certain level of video output in my mind, and all my cameras always had something wrong with it, in my mind. So over the past few years I've searched and searched for the perfect camera, and after my most recent acquisition, I had an epiphany.

My first real video camera was a little Sony HandyCam thing, saved up long for it, and was pretty chuffed when I got it. But when I shot things with it, I wasn't happy with the results. Playback was great, it looked wonderful, but by the time the videos were edited and cut and finish, the quality was so bad it wasn't even decent quality for YouTube.

I decided to get rid of it. And get myself a stills camera. So I got my Nikon D5000. I still have it, and I've built up a nice portfolio and reputation as a decent photographer, after teaching myself how to take great pictures, from scratch, with a mixture of trial and error and research, reading how-to books and so forth. But sadly, the video on the D5000 was terrible! It could take video, but it was really, really bad, and the built-in sound was even worse. I just wasn't winning. That's why during this time I've made videos using graphics instead of footage. There's only so much you can do with bad quality footage, and I wanted to release a high quality product. I used to take my videos to Cape Town TV as well, but after a while, I just didn't even bother.

My camera I'm using now is not what I want. I want a broadcast quality camera, but I don't have 50k to splash around, now do I, but it's the best video camera I've had to date. It's my phone, a Nokia N8, and it takes REALLY great videos. But something happened when I went through my archives. I looked at footage from all three video cameras. Footage shot by hand and not with tripod support. I saw that the HandyCam's footage was A LOT more stable, even though my hands rival Michael J Fox while I shoot, but with the N8, the quality is better and clearer and the HD is really High Definition, but without a tripod it's practically useless, because the footage jumps and warps too much. I tried to take some stills with the N8, and even though they're the best quality photos I've taken with a phone, they're not a patch on my D5000 photos.


So.

What was my epiphany?

My epiphany was that it doesn't matter what equipment you're using, creativity doesn't need fancy, expensive equipment to produce quality videos and photos. It's needs YOUR HARD WORK and YOUR ELBOW GREASE and YOUR CLEVER THINKING to produce a product that works. Stop looking for excuses as to why you can't do this or do that. The best use what they have, and make magic with THAT! For all I know, I could've shot an award winning short with my HandyCam, and I was too blinded by camera specs, instead of just trying to do it, and working hard to get a good final product out of what I had. It could've been done. If I just tried hard enough.

Now.

What thee hell does this have to do with LOVE?! And Valentines Day?

Ha, you're gonna like this...

My epiphany was that it doesn't matter what your relationship status is, LOVE doesn't need fancy, expensive gifts and gimmicks to produce quality relationships and marriages.  It's needs YOUR HARD WORK and YOUR ELBOW GREASE and YOUR CLEVER THINKING to produce a bond that works. Stop looking for excuses as to why you can't do this or do that. The best couples use what they have, and make magic with THAT! For all I know, I could've had the ideal relationship with someone I thought would not be a match, and I was too blinded by my situation in life, instead of just telling her how I feel, and working hard to get a good relationship out of what we had. It could've been done. If I just tried hard enough.

Potent ne. :)

Happy Valentines Day.

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