Still Pictures with Sound

I first began working with Soundslides while it was in beta during the 2005 Boy Scout Jamboree. It is a  tool to synchronize sound with still pictures. It has a very low learning curve but it assumes you already have a completed soundtrack. I now use video editing software to synchronize still pictures with a sound track.

Ray’s Campus Salon Ray generously lets me brings classes of students to his hair salon so that I can demonstrate how to to multi-media shooting and sound recording.

Crater Lake Randy Smith decided to cover Scouts at the Crater Lake Camp at Philmont Scout Ranch for his multimedia story at the Visual

Brownsea Island is considered the birthplace of Scouting. At the 2010 Boy Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, Va., the camp and its activities is recreated by scouts and scouters in period dress. It was here that General Baden-Powell worked out the basic structure of Scouting, including patrols with games and competition between patrols that persists to this day. Scouting is celebrating 100 years in the United States. I have been involved in Scouting for 54 years of that century.

Episcopal Service The religious service presented some problems. I had to get IDs of the people for use in the daily newspaper, Jamboree Today, but I didn’t want to intrude. I wrote what I wanted in my notebook and handed it to the subjects. All sound was recorded from one wireless mic. People were close enough that I could adjust sound levels in the track. I wasn’t the best situation but I got something usable.

The Monon Bell Classic provided inspiration for a multimedia project by Denis Jimenez. It took me a while to visualize a plan. I decided to focus on three things: the fans, the players, and the bell. Since I’ve never attended any classic before, there wasn’t a whole lot of preparation I could do. From the onset, however, I wanted to do sound and photos. I planned to let photography lead whatever sound I was to record.

On the March At the Boy Scout Jamboree, some Scouts have to march three and a half hours to reach the arena shows. As I was photographing the march, a group of Scouts was showing exceptional spirit. With a recorder in one hand and a camera in the other, I soon had a piece for the web site.

Leslie Anne Hulse This is a particularly strong story by former student Loree Scheske that brings tears to my eyes every time I see it. You may ask if it is appropriate to do such stories that intrude into a family’s time of grief. It is a good question but I think it is how the journalist acts in the field that is important. This story is sensitively done, unlike the behavior of the people from the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas that disrupts military funerals.