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Blind Video Experiment – Standing on a Street Corner

October 18, 2010 • Darrell Shandrow Hilliker

Watch as I stand on a street corner near my apartment “looking” around with the iPhone’s camera while chatting about what I’m hearing around me. Sighted readers, does this work at all for you? What feedback could you give to help me improve my videography skills?

Watch this video on YouTube or on Easy Youtube.

Categories: fun, iPhone, video

2 opinions on “Blind Video Experiment – Standing on a Street Corner

  1. Hi, Darrell!

    Nice little “Slice of Life” video from Tempe!

    You’d asked for comments, so here are my two cents worth.

    Let me start by guessing that you’re righthanded. I only say this because as you were panning around, you would point out things like the sidewalk or the house. Your aim was pretty good, although biased just a bit to the right. With that, I could imagine you holding your iPhone with your right hand and with your palm facing your chest. This isn’t a problem, but something you might want to keep in mind as you do future videos.

    Next, the camera on the iPhone will record video in either portrait or landscape mode. In this video, you were in portrait mode. This also added to the previous issue framing shots. With the “narrow-but-tall” perspective, your framing isn’t as forgiving as if you were holding the camera in a landscape orientation.

    In addition to being a little more forgiving with framing, landscape mode will improve your YouTube videos because the YouTube format is landscape. Your portrait mode video goes from being 720 pixels tall to 320 pixels tall and flanked by black boxes.

    Being blind, you may have an advantage over a sighted person like me. When I shoot video, I get quite focused on just what’s in the viewfinder. You don’t have that fixation, so it’s probably easier for you to keep track of what you sense around you and can shift your shot better than I.

    The last thing is that you were quite aware of the speed of your panning. You did a great job. If I can offer any advice, I’d say lock the camera to the same plane as your shoulders. Then instead of using your hand to pan, twist your shoulders. That might help to limit the speed a bit.

    I’ve gone on much longer than I’d intended to. I hope I helped.


    PS – I found your website from a link in Allison Sheridan’s slides from here recent BlogWorld presentation.

  2. Hi,

    First of all, this is an absolutely great video. Thank you so much for posting it.

    I am so impressed with your work. I am wondering how you manage to select the camera from the iPhone display and make sure it is set to video rather than photo.

    Very nice video. I liked it a lot. Showed it to some of my friends.

    Best Regards,


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