Canon 750D with 50mm lens

Our camera choice for student and academic photographers

We do a lot of photography for departments, but we’ve got finite time resources so there’s plenty that we’re unable to photograph. For one department, we’ve started to ask their academic staff and students to photograph events that we’re unable…

Deirdre Mulcahy leading a session

BBC Academy Digital Skills Day – making the most of your smartphone

I’ve attended quite a few BBC digital training sessions down the years – at Marylebone High Street, Broadcasting House and the Mailbox (Birmingham). They’re one of the world’s best providers of online content so it makes sense to look to…

A happy dongle. Apple's Lightning to USB Camera Adapter.

How we produce high quality images for live tweeting university events

We held a Community Festival on campus last weekend and I photographed the event. I needed high quality images that could be used in print and online in the future, but I also wanted photographs that I could share instantly…

Agile Content Conference

Dates for your diary – 2017 digital conferences for university web teams

Lots of us will be starting the new year identifying suitable conferences for professional development. I’ve pulled together this list of potential conferences for web professionals working in the university sector. It’s UK dominated with the odd event in nearby…

Graduation in Winter

We graduate in winter as well

When asked to produce a graduation video this December we were at first reluctant. Our quick response video in the summer was well received, but winter can make for a very different experience. Our main concern (well-founded based on previous…

Filming at open day

23 open day videos playing simultaneously

We film our undergraduate open day subject talks and make them available online. We embed the talks in the relevant online prospectus pages and in email communications we send out to applicants. But we haven’t presented them together on one page…

Cropped video

Cut, Crop, Stabilise, Soundtrack and Subtitles. Five steps to creating a useable video from someone else’s footage.

I’ve had the pleasure this week of sorting through two hours of video footage from a student study trip to Rome. It’s been an enjoyable exercise. We’ve done something similar a couple of times before and the problems to be overcome can…

EU referendum

Brexit and temporary calls to action

I’ve been reviewing some work that we did to inform applicants about the EU referendum and it’s led to further thoughts about what metrics we use when thinking of calls to action (CTAs). Following the EU referendum decision we moved…

An example of Twitter Card code

Adding Twitter cards to our university news

Writing about the different ways that we promote videos on Twitter earlier this week got me thinking about Twitter Cards (although I didn’t realise that’s what they were at the time). These are the snippets of content that are often…

Uploading university videos directly to Twitter

I wrote last week about quick turnaround videos we uploaded to Twitter on the day of our recent graduation ceremonies. This project was the first time that we uploaded video directly to Twitter, rather than embedding from another service. Here’s…