“Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's Creativity.”
– Charles Mingus
At the moment, it's school holidays, so I've been busy juggling business with mum duties. It's always a challenge to find things to do for and with my daughter, AND run a business at the same time. For me however, it's important to make time for my family and friends and to reconnect with the 'other' important things in my life too.
It's also an opportunity to spend time on my own creativity. It has a great positive impact on my business and my ability to deliver authentic, unique creative services and outcomes for my clients [that's my excuse anyway ;) ].
Making time for creativity in your business is really important, because it's this time that allows for innovation to happen. In order for your businesses to stand out in today's competitive marketing environment, you need to come up with ways to innovate that get noticed, by the kind of people you want to do business with.
I think it goes without saying, that video is one effective way of standing out and getting noticed. But what I find is that for businesses who want to use video and learn how to do it themselves, they inevitably become overwhelmed with where to start. I also find that for many people, coming up with ideas and time to practice using video is a challenge. There are always so many things to juggle.
But it doesn't have to be this way.
When practicing video to use in your business, why not try a different approach and angle? Rather than seeing video as something that is a task, why not consider practicing video for fun? It takes the pressure off you, because it's no longer about getting results and getting things perfect. It becomes about just 'playing' and experimenting and using what you have to create something. It becomes about the journey and the pleasure of just creating for yourself.
And that's exactly what I do, and I encourage you to do the same. What have you got coming up that you're doing just for fun that you could video and document? Try capturing the energy and the feelings of these events and moments with your phone. Take photos and some video and see if you can create some kind of story to tell about what you experienced on the day. You probably already do that...take photos and video on your phone.
So in addition to taking random shots and footage (if that's what you already do), before you head out, think of how you would like to capture the days' moments to tell a story. That way when you get there, you become a little more attuned what you need to tell the story you want to. Once you've set the intention, you will find that ideas will come to you as the day unfolds.
The video at the start of this post called 'Fires on Top of Mountains' was made up of bits of footage that I shot as part of the 'Share Fire Community Celebrations' at Beaudesert on Monday night. The celebrations take place over about 10 days, and they culminate with the big 'Fire on Water Finale' at Kooralbyn on April 14th.
Apart from spending time with my daughter and some friends who enjoy arts festivals, it was a great opportunity for me to experiment and have some fun. It was a great atmosphere and there were lots of activities and things going on, which means lots of opportunities to get a variety of footage. I also love shooting in the late afternoon, because you get that beautiful, golden light that adds a touch of magic and dreamyness to your images.
For those of you who are interested in the technicalities. I shot the footage with my iPhone 7 Plus and a smartphone gimbal stabiliser, rather than just use a phone tripod. This allowed me to be able to get nice smooth, steady footage that doesn't jump up and down. This tool also allows you to pan (moving the camera horizontally from left to right) and tilt (moving the camera up and down without raising the camera) your phone to get really creative types of shots that add a lot more interest to your videos. Though I found in slowing down the footage, it wasn't as smooth as I would have liked, so I just need to change the speed up a little next time. And you'll find out what works and what doesn't, the more you do it.
I then edited the video in my gimbal app, phone editing app and iMovies before posting it to my YouTube channel.
But of course, you don't have to have all these gadgets. Just start shooting with what you have, whether it's handheld or with your phone tripod (which can double as a selfie-stick). It's not about the gear you have. It's all about understanding the gear you have and what it can do and then going out and trying different things and having fun with it! It won't always be perfect, especially if it's your first time, but you'll get better as your skills and understanding grow with practice.
Below is another video I shot recently while on a break in O'Reilly's Rainforest out at Lamington National Park. With only my iPhone and my mini-tripod, I set up my phone on top of the mountain and captured this time lapse video from Luke's Bluff, showcasing nature's amazing beauty, power and magic. In this particular area, where we had nearly 360 degree views of the entire valley, the weather was constantly changing, especially the sun and clouds. And in addition, with the wind adding movement to the grass, trees and plants, as well as clouds, made for perfect time lapse video.
So if you're wanting to use video in your business, why not just get it out and start playing with your phone? You don't even have to go out. You can play with it at home while kicking around. And feel free to share your videos and send me a link! I love it when people tell me that they've gone out and started learning how to create videos and having fun with it, whether it's for business or just pleasure.
Have a great week!
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