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Rocking the Daisies digi-style

2011-10-11 12:08
Every year it's the same story. We need a day to plan what we need to pack and another day to pack it. When you work for the media, it’s not as easy as just throwing a sixpack and a tent in the boot.

We have to pack at least two large HD cameras, with batteries, microphones, flash lights, tripods, laptops, SLR cameras and their batteries and tripods...  The list goes on.

The hard work starts when you get there and have to drag those heavy cameras around. It also takes hours to edit and export all your work after the fest. And the sad thing is, once it goes live you can’t really tell the difference between the pics you shot with the SLR and the pics your readers took on their phones.  

That’s why we wanted to try something new this year. Can you cover a rock festival using only mobile phones?  No-one has ever tried it before.

And the answer is yes. People are more interested in seeing a glimpse of what’s happening as it is happening. They are willing to sacrifice some quality if content can get to them instantly.

That is why we decided to shoot all our multi-media coverage and do all our reportage of this year's Rocking the Daisies using only smartphones.

For me, it was awesome to have my recording device with me all the time, no running back to the tent to grab the heavy camera only to completely miss the moment. If you spot someone from a band you can do the interview right there.

We got some great photos, and the editing app on my iPhone was much easier and quicker to use than Photoshop. We also edited our video clips using iMovie and interviewed Band of Skulls using the Voice Memo app on the iPhone.

We had a great Rocking the Daisies, mostly because when you have your phone in one hand you can still carry a beer around in the other, not so easy when you're carrying a big camera. In the end, we got all the shots without having to kill ourselves to get them. I even feel guilty about my free ticket - did I really work for it?

'Til next week,

Local is very lekker!

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