Day twenty-two- Editing photographs and film for The Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park

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Having photoshopped the pictures for the Jan Foundation, edited the sounds for Lightweaver Productions and my own radio drama using Audition and edited together archival footage for a musician I used all of these skills that I have learnt over the last couple of months and put together a mix of them all in a video of the media pieces that I sourced yesterday at the newly rebranded ‘Birmingham Wildlife Conservation park’.

Using Photoshop I edited my favourite pictures, as there were so many which I wanted to use this time a simple auto tone was often enough to polish the photographs to a professional standard within the time frame that I had set myself. For some pictures, where there was glare from the lens for example, adjusting the layers was a more complex but efficient way to correct this. Zooming up closer on the photographs was a good way of overcoming the problem of fiddly editing and a shaky hand.

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Having collected all of the edits into a folder, I put them together into a slide show using Picaso and exported it as a movie file. Having searched the internet for royalty free music which I felt reflected the feel of the piece, using premiere pro I fitted the visuals to this music. Editing in time in a similar way that I used with editing together the music video.

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Unfortunately I did not capture a great deal of film which is something which I have learnt for the next time I undertake a similar project. Using the footage, after importing it into Photoshop meant that I could break down each shot individually and convert any clear shots that I liked into a still image. This is something that I only realised after playing around and a technique I will definitely use again. If I had bought a tripod with me and left it to record so that I could browse through the photographs later I may well have had some interesting resorts. With the footage that I did have, the photographs and the screen captures from the film I put all of these media types together into a final film using trusty old premiere pro. I really feel that my competence in using in professional standard software is improving, as I have been able to do this in a short space of time and to what I feel is a high level.

In order to determine my competence truly as a wildlife photographer I have emailed the owners of the park to see if they would like any of my edited photographs or film to use in publicity for their websites etc. Whilst I wait for a reply the exchange of publicity for me too has made me think about how I can build up a reputation and a portfolio in this way, even if the park are not interested then this is a way of sourcing work which I will persist with. Whatever happens I am developing my skills constantly.

To sell my pictures, this is the film that I put together for them to make a decision upon whether this is something which they would be interested in.






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