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RØDE SC6-L Mobile Interview Kit

Many productions made by photographers ignore location sound because it is so difficult to do correctly – and a much easier solution is to add music or narration later during post-production.

This approach works just fine for doing little arty pieces, but what happens when you have people talking to the camera as part of your storyline? What happens if you want to interview someone on camera?

Professionals use a number of different approaches, depending on the location, the budget and other considerations. One of the most popular is to use a wireless lavalier system. A small microphone is attached to the person talking, connected by a cable to a transmitter which goes into their pocket or attached to a belt out-of-sight. A receiver is attached to your camera or sound recorder and away you go. And if you have two people speaking, you need two set-ups!

So here's another, inexpensive solution that will fit in a pocket: the RØDE Mobile Interview Kit. It includes two smartLav+ lavalier microphones (they are connected by cables, not wirelessly) and an SC6-L connector for an iPhone or iPad. To use, plug one or both lavalier mics into the iPhone via the connector, attach the lavalier mics to the people you are filming, and launch the RØDE Reporter app. Your iPhone or iPad records the sound and then you simply export it and drop it into your video editing software.

The smartLav+ is a 4.5mm miniature mic made with omnidirectional condenser capsules and Kevlar reinforced cable. The SC6-L is a simple input/output breakout box with a Lightning connector to connect directly to iOS devices. With two TRRS inputs and one stereo headphone output, the SC6-L connects to any TRRS device, including the two supplied smartLav+ microphones. And with the RØDE Reporter app, you can alter boost gain and choose between summed stereo and dual mono.

RØDE is an impressive company, producing a range of products that are useful for photographers dabbling in the world of audio visuals and video productions. They also have a range of camera mounted mics that do a stellar job – and an even better job if you learn a little about sound recording before you use them!

For full details, visit www.rode.com.

DJI Mavic Air

Will the editor replace a plane and helicopter with a new drone? Just maybe! Better Photography recently borrowed a DJI Mavic Air, a small drone with a built-in camera and a remote control. And there are a lot of things to like about this little package, especially if you're new to aerial photography and wanting a drone that is easy to fly and operate.

To begin, the drone itself is small and compact, especially when folded up and stored in its carry case. It will easily fit in your camera bag instead of a 70-200mm zoom, for instance. You no longer need a large, dedicated hard case to transport it around (although they are still needed for larger drones, of course).

The remote controller works in tandem with your smartphone, the latter giving you a live video feed of what your drone is seeing from up above. All you need to do is download the DJI Go 4 app, plug your phone into the controller and you're ready for flight.

Now, you can't just fly anywhere, of course. In Australia, there are CASA rules and regulations that you need to be aware of and abide by. Our office just happens to be in a drone friendly area, but you need to check this yourself – and this is easy to do by downloading another app called Drone Complier.

Making sure the batteries are charged, start up the remote control, start up the drone and follow the instructions online. The DJI Go 4 app will even point you towards some introductory videos to help you make your first few flights and we can report that if our editor can do it, anyone can!

When folded, the Mavic Air measures 168x83x49 mm and weighs 430 g. It has a maximum flight time of 21 minutes (with no wind). The camera only has a tiny sensor with 12MP resolution, but it has a 3-axis gimbal and can shoot stills, 4K video and 32MP sphere panoramas. This camera might not be the answer for professional producers, but for the enthusiast looking for a different angle on the world, the quality of its images is very good.

And importantly, the Mavic Air has lots of cool new features, like SmartCapture, meaning you can launch and fly the Mavic Air using hand gestures and then take photos and videos as you like. No doubt this will have a lot of appeal to photographers and video producers who like to be in the picture themselves! RRP $1299.

For more information, visit www.dji.com.

Aperture Photography Conference 2019

A Celebration of Photography

EXCLUSIVE PRESENTATIONS FROM INDUSTRY LEGENDS

If you're an amateur or professional photographer, Aperture Australia is THE annual conference to attend if you're committed to sharpening your craft and connections. Even if you're not a photographer, the powerful images and presentations from Australia's best are sure to blow you away.

Held over one intensive weekend in the heart of Sydney, those on the guest list can access firsthand advice from influential and award-winning Australian and International photographers who have made waves with their work internationally. As pioneers in their respective fields, Aperture's featured photographers will showcase the raw stories behind their most iconic shots to inspire your own approach to the profession. A thought-provoking and creative gathering, this is for photographers both amateur or professional, and anyone interested in photography.

OFFICIAL APERTURE 2019 SPEAKERS

Aperture Australia is a photographic conference centred on the individual talks of six industry greats who have spent years mastering their craft. With their diverse portfolio of experience, guests will follow speakers’ stories as they explore the immense variety of situations that life behind a camera can expose you to.

The weekend is a celebration of the art of photography, designed to benefit the career professional development of everyone who attends, regardless of their skill level.

HOSTED BY AWARD-WINNING AUSSIE TELEVISION JOURNALIST

Ray Martin is back again to host Aperture Australia 2019. Not only is he a veteran interviewer and iconic television journalist, but Ray is also a keen photographer. As host of the weekend conference, Ray will introduce each speaker, conduct on-stage interviews and lead thought-provoking panel discussions.

LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE

WHERE: International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney

WHEN: 22nd & 23rd June, 2019

COST: $495 Weekend Pass All tickets include entry for both days

Special discount for Better Photography Members of $150.  When purchasing tickets, enter the coupon code BETTER150.

For further details, visit the Aperture 2019 website: www.apertureaustralia.com.au

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