08 Oct HOSTING A WORKSHOP AT THE APPLE STORE
Last month I had the pleasure of hosting a video walk and workshop at the Apple store in Covent Garden.
This experience was a dream come true! I’ve used Apple products all my life and regularly encourage people to shoot and edit video on the iPhone, through my online courses. Plus, having previously hosted a few video walks and workshops, I knew the Covent Garden store would be a perfect spot, with its massive screen and hangout area.
Working with the team at Apple was a breeze, everyone was so helpful and kind. We’d prepped my presentation earlier in the week, so there would be no tech issues.
After the sound check, a lovely group gathered, some familiar faces I’d met before on other workshops and lots of other smiley people.
I shared a little about my work and then got cracking with some tips for shooting to prepare them for when we went outside… like a variety of shots and angles to try. To setting exposure, holding focus, keep your frame straight and checking your camera settings.
We were ready to get going. First, a group shot outside the store! A chance to practice a wide shot and get everyone to break the ice.
The walk I’d planned took us around the outside of the piazza, stopping at the corners to try out different shooting techniques, like close ups shots, slow motions or time lapses. We had the bonus of bright sunshine and blue skies to enhance our footage.
Then back to the Apple store to start editing. James took everyone through the basics of editing in iMovie – trimming, splitting and moving clips, transitions, adding music then onto adding titles. I shared my tips about editing and answered questions.
Everyone picked up the process quickly and it wasn’t long before they were exporting their films ready to share on the big screen and celebrate their achievements.
I loved this part, seeing how everyone has taken the same tips and shot in the same location but interpreted it their own way and produced their own unique film.
I had such a great time!.. loved the whole experience… Thanks to the Apple team for inviting me. I hope I get to do it again one day!