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Video Killed the Newspaper Star
Robin Loznak, Photo Editor, Photographer
Great Falls | MT | USA | Posted: 11:18 PM on 01.30.07
->> My first video:

It feels like I just gave birth.
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Peter Huoppi, Photographer
Burlington | VT | USA | Posted: 12:50 AM on 01.31.07
->> Congrats Robin, welcome to the future. I've been splitting me time between stills and video since November:

I've come to enjoy the process, everything except when I have to do voice-over. Some people have a face for radio, I feel like I have a voice for newspaper.
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David Harpe, Photographer
Louisville | KY | USA | Posted: 8:15 AM on 01.31.07
->> Hey Robin,

Good first effort! On your handheld people shots it looks like you're not wide enough. Is that as wide as you can get with your camera? If so, you might consider a wide angle adapter. I have one from Century Optics for my Sony and it works really well. Having a wide really helps avoid that "everything flat" look.
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Robin Loznak, Photo Editor, Photographer
Great Falls | MT | USA | Posted: 8:30 AM on 01.31.07
->> A better link to the video.
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Chris Peterson, Photographer, Photo Editor
Columbia Falls | MT | USA | Posted: 8:52 AM on 01.31.07
->> Oscar! Oscar! ;-)
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Walter Calahan, Photographer
Westminster | MD | USA | Posted: 8:54 AM on 01.31.07
->> Great job Robin. Better than I would have done if I ever get my first attempt.

So how were the labor pains? No postpartum depression I hope.
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Curtis Clegg, Photographer
Belvidere | IL | USA | Posted: 9:18 AM on 01.31.07
->> Very cool Robin, thanks for sharing. Would you also mind sharing some technical details, like what camera and editing software you used?
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer
Durham | NC | USA | Posted: 10:17 AM on 01.31.07
->> very smooth. nice job
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Robin Loznak, Photo Editor, Photographer
Great Falls | MT | USA | Posted: 11:05 AM on 01.31.07
->> I shot the project with a Sony HVR-A1U Mini DV. I edited it on a mac with Avid Express Pro. I used a Sony wireless microphone for most of the audio. I think this is pretty much the Gannett newspaper standard package. We also have a couple of other mics and a lighting kit. It's a sweet setup.

It's a fun new world shooting video, but I kind of feel like I'm cheating on my first love.
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Evan Vucci, Photographer
Washington | DC | USA | Posted: 11:44 AM on 01.31.07
->> Hey Everyone-
I've never posted on here before but I wanted to weigh in on the video debate.

First off- nice job Robin! Keep up the good work.

This past weekend I shot the anti-war protests in DC with my HD video camera. It marked the first time that AP has moved frame grabs on the wire from a still photographers video camera. After moving still photos (frame grabs) to the wire-on deadline- I cut a video piece for our online video network (also on deadline).

The package that ran on websites like Yahoo, AOL, etc... featured the frame grabs from my camera, the video I cut, and the text from the AP story all on the same page.

The video and photos are far from groundbreaking, and we're still just experimenting. But, the technology in the HD cameras has finally reached the quality that is required for dual use. I spent a week in Dallas with David Leeson and the Dallas Morning News staff and they are doing some great journalism with this.

So the point of this rambling email is doomsday isn't here. The still photographer isn't dead. But this is a technology that has arrived to the point where a company like AP is checking it out. I'm not the right person to pontificate about the future of photography. There are way smarter people and better photographers to do that. But I will say that this is at the very least a tool that still photographers should consider learning. It may be coming more quickly then anticipated. And if I were a student- I would jump on this ASAP.

You can check out the frame grabs on my SS page.

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Danielle Guerra, Photographer
Woodstock | Il | U.S. | Posted: 3:22 PM on 02.16.07
->> Hi everyone,
Robin, great job, I know what you mean when you say you feel like you've cheated on your first love. On my very first video assignment, I had someone from a rival paper snidely say "Video killed the photo star!" I felt like I was doomed from the beginning. I majored in print and photo journalism and graduated in May.

The Northwest Herald hired me as thier first videographer, gave me a camera and cut me lose. I've been doing video for about 7 months now. This is a link to my first large project:

Now, I am shooting video content for three of our newspapers in suburban Chicago and couldn't be happier. I still shoot stills and do audio slideshows:

My paper gives me the freedom to choose the best method of story telling for my assingment, sometimes it's video, sometimes it's photos and sometimes, it's both:

Great job to you too Evan, my grabs have been in my paper too and I'm glad they are being recognized nationally as well. Enjoy the video from suburban Chicago, and check up often to see what I'm working on:

For now keep it up everyone!
Danielle Guerra
NorthWest News Group
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