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  • Writer's pictureMina Amso

How My FIRST Video Recording In Auckland City Went After a FIVE-MONTH Break

Updated: May 22, 2021

It wasn’t all negative news. So, I’ve been off air for five months, on a break, you could say. I sense a friends’ flash back moment coming right through.

Me and my cameraman Chris went out and did a shoot in central city, in Auckland, New Zealand. I thought I knew what I was doing. I’ve just met Chris, and having him to help out was awesome. I had to explain to him what I was about, and what I wanted out of our shoot. Little did I know, I realized that I didn’t understand what I was doing.

The epiphany that came to me, later on, was that figuring things out comes sometimes later. It’s strange and a mystery. As much as I wanted to know how to plan a shoot sometimes I just had to meet with him, talk about it, and do it, then make things up on the go.

I think I am more of a spontaneous performer on camera. But I also need to be organized and actually have a plan.

So we went out to central city and spoke to people on the streets. It was a ‘putting myself out there outside the box’ type experience. But equally rewarding. The more out of the box you are, the better you are, I think. (Keep the box for sleeping)

I think I am more of a spontaneous performer on camera. But I also need to be organised and actually have a plan.

We chatted to wonderful couples and single men who shared their testimonies, their take on dating and relationships and where they are in life at the moment. It was surprisingly raw and passionate.

I of course had the odd ‘no thank you’ or ‘I’ve got an appointment and I am late’ type response, which was okay, I actually welcomed those responses. It made me more determined to speak to that next person or couple. The episode came out good and I was happy.

Another epiphany. Don’t be perfect. Just do what you can with what you have. My camera, Nikon D5600 is a great camera but it’s great for beginners who are just starting out. There are settings that are useful but the camera doesn’t have, such as listening back to audio, having full control recording in manual mode. Things that Chris pointed out. I am every so grateful.


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