I am looking for sites that has videos like http://www.travelvideosonline.com, hence a traveller can be pre informed about a place. A photograph do not clearly indicate the reality of a location. A good photographer with a good software can turn dull scenes into strikingly beautiful place. Videos cant be made to do that.
I disagree with you there. Video and photography are very similar, and you must remember that you're looking through a lens and see what the person who's recording is showing you. It's all in the viewpoint: You see a lovely beach, very remote and nice, with crystal clear water... But what you don't see is that a few metres outside the area the lens was picking up there's a big huge garbage heap and rows of hotels as far as the eye can see.
I'm working with Final Cut Pro a lot in College and it's amazing how much you can do with the software. One of the simplest things technically is Colour Correction. You can change the whole look of your clip from dull and dark to bright and shiny with a few mouseclicks.
And you also have loads of filters you can apply to the clips to enhance the picture, going as far as digitally adding stuff to the picture that wasn't there in the first place.
So, anything you see in pictures is subjective, it's what the creator wanted to show you. It's illusion, plain and simple. A magical trick...
Way back in another life, I received a Camcorder for Christmas. I used it all of about 4 times before it got relegated to some closet and collected dust for years. Then I bought myself a nice 35mm and have since taken it with me everywhere. I'm no photography expert, but I prefer captured moments to sitting through hours of shaky tape. You get to put photographs up in your home, but a video needs an occasion to be pulled out and watched.
Really I am not putting in a debate as to whether Photography or Videography is good. Ofcourse Photos are good to capture the pristine moments in your life. But what if you need to show your friend , about a place, will he prefer to see a Video or just a still? Video contains Audio as well, hence it will definitely add up to the realism. I prefer watching travel videos in TV and the amount of info I get is tremendous. Well here, I am not talking about an amatuer shaky video, which will only drive u crazy.
To quote one of my lecturer's in college: 'In order to make a professional looking video you need a professional crew'.
Making videos is a very difficult and long process. You need to do your research first of all, then you need to have a story or a theme going through the piece to make it interesting. You then will go out and shoot the piece and record sound (and recording sound is a whole big area in itself) and after that you'll have to spend days in front of the computer editing your piece.
It's not only going out and shoot that makes a professional looking video, or even professional equipment. It's a long, creative process that takes a lot of work and time.
And most importantly: You CANNOT do it on your own!
I think Pardus was responding to the comment that "with a good software can turn dull scenes into strikingly beautiful place. Videos cant be made to do that."
I think what he's saying is that you can, with good editing, turn a video of a dull scene into a strikingly beautiful place.
I can see both points - and l what meaning lm getting is more to do with information - is a video not more informative when perhaps rsearching a holiday or trip as opposed to simply looking at a still?
I love looking at wonderful and striking pictures BUT prior to going to a spot l would much prefer to watch video footage of a place to give an indication of the location.
Does that make sense or am l rambling?!!
I brought just a camera on my holidays to Singaore, I have some great photos. Last year, on a trip to Australia/New Zealand, I brought the camera and a camcorder. I have to say I took more video than stills, there were places where I just didn't bother with both. A hundred photos might not capture what you can with a minute of video IMO. Granted it would not be considered pro footage by any means but neither would many of my photos(just look at my gallery) but either medium is just a way, to me, of creating a memory of a moment, one that I can show friends and family, and they all enjoy them. Mission accomplished. I am seriously considering upgrading to a camcorder that takes better stills(my current one takes crap photos) and use just it on my next travels. The I get the benefit of both worlds and don't have to swap devices, nor carry two items.