critiques please!

  • a178design avatar
    a178design 31 Dec 2011 08:37
    So with the latest approved uploads Im nearly at 200 so seems like a good time to ask everyone to critique and tell me what ive done right and what ive done wrong.

    No sales yet but if you would like to guess which ones might be the first to go.. ? would be interesting to see in the future ;)

    Oh and HAPPY NEW YEAR!
  • LondonTownProd avatar
    LondonTownProd 31 Dec 2011 16:34
    Hi a178design
    im just starting to shoot stock footage seriously after doing it as a hobby off and on for some time, so im not an authority on it by any means.

    I can however appreciate great footage and yours certainly is, I especially love the various shots of the hot air balloons.

    Did you take any shots from the air in one of them? as i know that aerial shots of cities and landscapes etc.. sell very well.

    Good luck with it and a happy new year to you too.

  • a178design avatar
    a178design 3 Jan 2012 12:29
    Hey, Kieron.

    Thanks for the comment, Unfortunately no aerial shots, but that is a field I will be pursuing in the future.
  • creativevideos avatar
    creativevideos 11 Jan 2012 21:42
    I like your cloudy moon-scape. I think that some of your closeups could be closer.
    When people are looking at tiny thumbnails, the bigger a clip looks the better in my opinion. I think looping digital rain could sell.
  • a178design avatar
    a178design 12 Jan 2012 02:36
    Thanks creativevideos,

    You have some nice close-ups, yes mine not so great, I fear my vid-camera has its short falls in doing close ups, are you using an DSLR for close ups?

    I have hopes for that digital rain !
  • creativevideos avatar
    creativevideos 12 Jan 2012 21:13
    I'm using a Canon HF G10. I might get a DSLR in the future for more depth of field.
  • jdennis avatar
    jdennis 16 Jan 2012 22:34
    Hey a178design,

    I'm relatively new here as well and therefore no expert but I do like a number of your shots. Was the "bamboo forest" shot with a dolly? How did you get the slight movement in "Time-lapse Golden field" was it done in your editing software? The hot air balloons are really nice as well. I haven't tried time-lapse but can you shed any light on tips or secrets. Does the time interval depend on the speed with which the subject is moving in the shot?

    Keep up the good work. From what I keep hearing, it takes lots of clips to make this whole thing work
  • a178design avatar
    a178design 17 Jan 2012 00:30
    hey jdennis,

    Bamboo forest is all After effects, lots of layers at different z-depth and the virtual camera moving along the x-axis.
    Golden field is Ae too, the clouds are footage.
    Im using my Panasonic HDC-SDT750 vid cam for the time-lapse, it has an inbuilt setting for it, im using mainly the 1 sec interval, but it has settings for up to 2min intervals.
    Im new to time-lapse too but what I do know is that I really need a proper DSLR to really do some nice time-lapse work!

    You have some really varied work in your portfolio! found any particular theme more popular than others?
  • jdennis avatar
    jdennis 17 Jan 2012 00:45
    I've only sold a few things so far and relatively specific to the area I live that include cranberry bog harvesting and lobster boats. Some artists believe shooting clips from their specific geographic location provides advantage over others. Also you may be able to take advantage of experience or expertise of family members & friends. As an example, my background is in electrical engineering hence all the electronics engineering stuff.

    Best of luck and look forward to seeing more of your work