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Essential Techniques to Release and Prevent Injury in Pianists

Here’s a short excerpt from a 14 part series I shot and edited on the subject of injury and strain prevention in pianists, with Charlotte Tomlinson.

Charlotte is a music writer, performer and piano teacher who specialises in helping musicians with stage fright and repetitive strain injury (RSI). Continue reading

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Audio clean-up

I seem to be doing more and more of this sort of work recently, so I thought it was about time I start blogging about it. Sometimes something really interesting comes up, like an antique record or some forensic audio. But more often I’m contacted by producers or editors who’ve got some interview audio with clothing rustle, clipping or other bad noise problems that need fixing. Continue reading

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Enoch Gaius Allington

This is the first of a couple of blogs I’m going to do on audio clean-up and restoration, which is another service I offer. Enoch Allington was my mother’s father’s sister’s husband’s father. Does that make him my Great-Great-Uncle or my Great-Grand-Uncle or something? I’m not sure. Either way, he was a noted tenor, and a recording was made in 1949 of Enoch singing, accompanied by my great-aunt on the piano.

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Foster The People

I was asked to shoot and edit a timelapse to promote Foster The People’s new album, Supermodel.

Foster The People (who had the massive hit ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ in 2011) and their label Columbia Records (Sony Music Entertainment) have been commissioning murals to promote the new album. So this job for me essentially involved setting up a timelapse on a rooftop in Shoreditch and waiting as the artwork unfolded. Continue reading

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GoPro vs. DSLR timelapse

Timelapse photography is becoming easier and easier, and ever more popular. It’s moved into TV in a big way. Breaking Bad for example had a lot of timelapse shots. In the early seasons these where actually pretty low spec, quite flickery for example, but they really improved them a lot as the show progressed. I also see them pop up a lot as GVs in Obs Docs here in the UK, and quite often they look like they’ve been shot with a GoPro.

For really good results you generally require a decent stills camera, intervalometer, tripod, and a whole host of tricks both in shooting and in post. But now GoPro cameras and most of the other mini cams have easy timelapse modes. I even have a fairly decent iPhone app that shoots timelapse sequences, and even compiles them for you. Continue reading

Motion timelapse on the cheap

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After many hours reading and re-reading reviews of various sliders online, all of which claim to be “revolutionary” in some way, I finally decided to go for the relatively cheap Konova K2, and I don’t regret it. It’s gratifying to know that there are companies out there who can provide decent build quality at a reasonable price. I had the same feeling when I bought my Redsnapper tripod. Continue reading

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Homemade iPhone macro adapter

I stumbled across a great instructable the other day telling you how to create a macro adapter for your iPhone (or whatever smartphone you’ve got). I remember seeing something similar years ago, which said you could take the little lens that focuses the laser in a DVD player and stick that to your phone. I didn’t have an old DVD player at the time so I never got round to trying it. I doubt the same trick would work with today’s phone cameras, as back then the lenses and sensors must have been much smaller.

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