The scorching sun sweeps the streets of Manhattan. The sun's rays bounce off the concrete, slide along the skyscrapers, somewhere mingling with smoke emanating from the sewers and food shops. It's a hot, hot day. Mickey Mouse takes off his "head". The small face of a Mexican emerges from the gigantic ‘mouse body’. He dries his sweat with huge white gloves.
Within the last couple of years mobile devices have become so powerful, that you can not only shoot but also edit video footage with them. As a journalist it is good to be aware of the marvelous tool you have got in your pocket. To show you some possibilities when shooting video, here are a few tutorials I did on my Youtube Channel.
The first one shows five basic tricks for shooting video in a talking head situation. You can also learn some german here. No worries, it is subtitled:
I had no clue that we are in New York during Fashion week. So I was the lucky one to stumble into a crowd of street style fashionistas. Took out my mobile and put it in slow motion mode. Here is the result.
There are events that change the world in a profound way that the question that one often gets asked in social conversations is :what were you doing, where were you when it happened?
Well, on the evening of September 11, 2001, I had just come home from a soccer game with my friends and I happened to switch on our TV set for the 7 pm evening news.
But rather than our local diet of local news, the state broadcaster was relaying to us news of catastrophic attacks in far away New York that had spectacularly brought down the highest buildings in the world.
They met and got close while in college in Bangalore, a buzzing metropolis in Southern India. There was a period of long-distance courtship too, before a hush-hush commitment ceremony strangely naive, even out of place transpired eight years later. Smruthi Narayan was coming around to say ‘I do’ in the privacy of a farm in the city’s outskirts to Swetha Pai.
"Government shall make no law (…) abridging the freedom of speech or of the press".
It is the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights from 1791 that manifests this fundamental freedom for the United States States of America - by that time a young democracy aged 15 years.
As you may know a freedom as such never comes for free. In many parts of the world our ancestors had to fight for this freedom at some time. In far too many countries the people still have to fight for it. Often they pay the highest price you can imagine. They pay with their lives. And even if other countries have already achieved this fundamental freedom, you can never be sure that it is going to last forever.
Freedom is not for free. There is a price we have to pay. At least pay some attention.