This week I caught up with a friend of mine, a fellow traveler and a wonderful cinematographer to unravel his desire to venture into the world of action camera videography. Join me as I get into a rather thoughtful conversation with Rahul Kar.
Why action videography? In this day and age where everybody is going after photography, you started out in video, that too on action videography.
They say a picture speaks a thousand words – then perhaps a video speaks what a thousand pictures can! That may explain my way of storytelling. I feel photography limits the story on the imagination of the audience. Concentration & time-bound are two quintessential requirements while travelling on bike and that’s where I yearned for an effective way of capturing the moving scenery, without risking the two requirements hence the enlightenment of an action camera.
How did it begin? When did you decide that you are going to purchase a goPro?
My first long road trip was to Muktinath in Mustang district of Nepal in the year 2012 which also happens to be my first exchange with an action camera. During the trip I caught a glimpse of a rider with a camera mounted on his helmet. It caught my attention like a deer caught in the glare of a headlight. My inquisitiveness led me searching for travel videos on YouTube, where I stumbled on video title “A Diary of Upper Mustang” by Tyson Cable. That video was engaging and was amazingly captured on an action camera. I managed to get in touch with Tyson through facebook and also came to know about this camera named ‘GoPro’. It was then when I had decided to purchase my goPro.
Tell us a little about the action camera.
GoPro serves as my third eye when I am on the road and cannot be a better example of ‘all good things comes in small packages’. It is small in size, light weight, waterproof, has 170 degree ultra-wide angle lens. It can record 1080p@60fps, 2K @30fps, 4K@30fps, can take pictures and has an inbuilt interval meter for recording time lapses which provide an unique visual perspective of any landscape on move.
Tell us a little about the first video that you created. What software’s do you use in post-production?
My first baby step in capturing, compiling and editing video using GoPro was during my road trip to Bishnupur in West Bengal. I learnt more about video editing and photography from you (Sadh) during our Uttarakhand trip last summer and made further strides during Durga puja vacation trip to Delhi with my girlfriend. I use primarily adobe premiere pro and after effects for all kinds of post processing. The in-house GoPro studio is also really good for basic editing work.
Bankura Bishnupur Xkmph anniversary ride
The best video that you have made till date?
Though my favourite work has been the video trip to Delhi am still ticking in the small boxes of video making and my best video is still very far, however I believe it will come in the future when I will make an ‘out of the box’ video. (smiles)
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So what are your future plans?
I intend on making many more such travel videos and make people see how beautiful nature is. I have recently launched my website kitewithoutstring.com to document all the things and share my travelogues. Hopefully people would like my videos.
Goodluck with all your future plans Rahul.