Monday, January 25, 2016

STREET PHOTOGRAPHY, SKATEBOARDING: Street Skateboarder Struts His Stuff

 CITY VIBES IMAGES, STREET PHOTOGRAPHY: Street Skateboarding Video & Images

There are 3 photo covers of "The Skateboarder" and 1 video in this blog post. While I did not use the 'failed' skateboarding clips (riders falling off their boards) in the video below, they did present some good action shots from which to create the 3 colorful, digital montages below using different art brushes / filters. These filters allow me to stylise and texturise the montages to simulate canvas and street art.  I then have the option of adding that to my collection of photos for this blog or use them as thumbnail covers for or within the YouTube video, or do all of the above, etc.

STREET SKATEBOARDING: The Skateboarder - Digital Photo Cover 1

TIP 1: Don't be too hasty to delete your or their 'mistakes' or the blooper shots especially if you have not taken too many stills while you were shooting a video. Try recycling these first, especially if they are clear and high resolution images but are not the cool pics you or your subject envisioned. You may be able to convert them into works of (digital) art if you experiment a little. You don't need Photoshop (although that would be great) and can use any free and simpler, photo editors instead.

 STREET SKATEBOARDING: The Skateboarder - Digital Photo Cover 2

 TIP 2: When taking street photographs, have your camera ready at all times and keep shooting even if you think the shots are not ok or rapidly resume filming if you have to stop prematurely. Take still shots as well. You have to move your camera to follow the action so keep your hand as steady as possible if you have to pan or follow a sharp turn in direction when filming. 

 STREET SKATEBOARDING: The Skateboarder - Digital Photo Cover 3

This will improve with practice but it helps if you can find a hand-rail, etc. to rest your arm. Also find shelter if the wind is very strong. Your clip will tend to be shaky if you are in the direct path of strong head winds. You can fix this to some extent when you edit your clip. During editing, don't hesitate to cull out the most shaky parts before you stabilise the rest of the clip.

When you remove the worst parts, the rest of your video clip will be of higher quality after it is stabilised, which you can achieve by using the online Youtube Video Editor (hint: use the trim tool or / and split clip tool if necessary). The stabiliser 'averages' the shakes, so to speak, so the less deviation (ie. smaller variation in the magnitude of your shakes) the better the overall quality and your end-result.


TIP 3: So delete the shakiest parts of your video clip BEFORE you stabilise the rest for a better, final video result, or eliminate very shaky clips altogether if you are reconstituting a series of shorter clips into a longer, final video using the online, Youtube Video Editor. The latter is especially useful if you are uploading and posting videos (or photographs from which you can later process into videos) on the fly from your device.