Photo by Kino-Eye in Flickr
If you want to get acceptable audio for video blogging on an inexpensive camera you need to control the noise/environment or get really close to your subject. That's me interviewing Jonny Goldstein after he interviewed me. I asked him about shooting techniques. It's part of my series of video blogging famous video bloggers on technique (so far have interviewed or captured them in action -- Nick Booth, Steve Garfield, and Robert Scoble)
The guy watching us was public broadcasting producer. He pulled out his cell phone and took some footage. He offered to send it to me and I got him on camera giving me permission to use it. He didn't have a card, but I gave him mine. So I hope he sends it to me so I can finish editing.
The excellent photo was taken by David Tames who I had interviewed earlier. In looking at all the photos in the stream from the conference, his photos are definitely some of the best. His conference reflections are here.
The title of this post was inspired by this quote from JD Lasica in an article about personal broadcasting:
A camera, firewire and the ability to Webcast are all you need. Oh yeah, and don't forget that you have to like sticking a camera and microphone in people's faces.
I'm still thinking about the comment someone made in the Beyond YouTube Working Group about audio quality and how it makes them shudder that the user-generated content doesn't have good audio. What does that mean? Certainly not everyone can afford to purchase expensive equipment to ensure broadcast quality audio. How can you get acceptable or decent sound quality but use inexpensive, accessible equipment?