New 8k Sony A1 Camera Provides Huge Flexibility to Capture Video

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Sony is intent on maintaining its global number one position in mirrorless cameras with the launch of its new professional flagship camera – the Sony A1. As well as providing incredible capabilities for capturing still images (taking up to 30 50-megapixel images every second), it also provides the ability to capture video in 8k resolution … Read full article

Recording ‘The Swan’ by Saint-Saëns

One of the most popular, and beautifully romantic, organ pieces is ‘The Swan’ (or Le Cygne) by the French composer Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns, who composed the piece as part of his Carnival of the Animals in 1868. Apparently, The Swan was the only movement from The Carnival of the Animals that the composer allowed to be … Read full article

Recording ‘Nimrod’ from ‘Enigma Variations’ by Edward Elgar

‘Enigma Variations’ is one of Edward Elgar’s most famous orchestral works and ‘Nimrod’ is its most recognised melody. On its website, Classic FM describes Elgar’s Enigma Variations as “one of the greatest pieces of the 19th century”, and I certainly do not disagree with that. Below I recorded myself playing a version for church organ. … Read full article

Videoing Angie Collins Singing ‘Broken’ in 4k

Local songwriter Angie Collins came in so I could video her performing a song she wrote, called ‘Broken’. While I have recorded several songs (sound only), it was nice to capture visuals as well. While sound recordings allow you to use large-condenser microphones, room treatment and portable isolation booths for better sound quality, video can … Read full article

Seizing the Opportunities from Chromakey Video Capabilities

In video production, ‘green screen’ (or Chromakey as it is more accurately termed) provides amazing opportunities to be creative and overcome the challenges of finding (and lighting) appropriate real-life backdrops. Many films rely upon Chromakey to avoid the need to travel to specific locations or to create imaginary worlds. Chromakey can be very useful for … Read full article

Where Next for Superfast Broadband? (With Video)

Superfast broadband arrived in Spaldwick in July 2014. With take-up well above national levels, our village received a great deal of national attention, including a visit by Ed Vaizey – the then Broadband Minister – and senior figures from BT and Government. I have seen Broadband Ministers come and go, and now over 80% of … Read full article

Videoing Grease Rehearsals for Spotlight Productions in 4k

The month of March is very busy for my friends Graham and Sarah Wilkinson as they prepare to put on their annual musical at the Performing Arts Centre (PAC) at Hinchingbrooke School. My daughter Rebecca and I popped in to video some of the rehearsals for ‘Grease The Musical’ using three matched Sony 4k cameras. … Read full article

Videoing Ben Rice Singing at the Spaldwick Christmas Concert

At the 2018 Christmas Carol concert held in Spaldwick Church, Ben Rice sang ‘The Three Kings’ in German. At Kimbolton School, he was active in a number of musical pursuits, including the school’s Chamber Choir. He played the role of Javert in the school’s production of ‘Les Misérables’ and achieved a Grade 8 with Distinction. … Read full article

Videoing Rob and James Burton Perform at Christmas Concert

It was lovely to see saxophonist Rob Burton and his brother James perform together at the 2018 Christmas carol concert in Spaldwick Church. Despite it being an amazing year for Rob, winning the Woodwind Final of BBC Young Musician and getting through to the final of the competition, it was great to see the two … Read full article

Videoing ‘Sister Act’ Rehearsal to Produce a Highlights Video

I used the opportunity of a Spotlight Productions dress rehearsal for Sister Act to try to record video. To be honest, it was not the most successful venture. Extra lights had been brought in to supplement those in the Performing Arts Centre. Unfortunately, these were not to broadcast standard and caused flicker that ruined the … Read full article

Learning from First Attempts at Video for Spotlight Productions

I had such grand ambitions for videoing the dress rehearsal of Sister Act by Spotlight Productions. In hindsight, these were totally unrealistic. After photographing the shows for several years, I felt quite confident with photography so video provided a new challenge. I knew my set-up was not optimum at the time, as I was using … Read full article

Easter TV Service at King’s College Chapel, Cambridge

While I have loved attending services and concerts in the Chapel of King’s College Chapel on many occasions, one event has stood out. My daughter – who was an undergraduate there at the time – was able to secure tickets to the BBC ‘filming’ of the Easter service that is broadcast by the BBC in … Read full article