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When reporting major events, gravity’s natural pull brings us to where everyone else already is. It’s a herd instinct. If this is where everyone else is something important must be going on. At least this is what we tell ourselves.

Unfortunately, it’s a totally understandable if totally frustrating recurring example of how we’re not as independent and creative as we might actually like to be.

It also doesn’t help in any way to distinguish us from everyone else who’s covering the exact same thing we are in whatever chosen medium we might be doing it in.

Enter Gregg Bleakney

Earlier this summer he covered the Tour de France. Not only did he leave the typical media scrum. He ditched his DSLR in favor of shooting with an iPhone.

Via a Q&A with Wired:

As an emerging photographer, I feel like I should always push hard to separate my work from everyone else’s, and I started to look for another way to cover the event. I was really blown away by the energy and spectator culture outside of the restricted-entry press areas at the start and finish lines of the race; the occasional moments when athletes leave their security perimeter to interact with fans, the security perimeter itself, and with the spectators interacting with each other. So I decided to spend several stages working outside of credentialed areas without a press pass and jokingly dubbed this my “Totally Not Behind the Scenes at the Tour de France” project.

Images: selected photos from Bleakney’s Tour de France coverage.

Just cause you buy a nice camera doesn’t mean your stuff will be any good.

Ten Part Tutorial on DSLR Video →

If you’re getting into video, a 10 part series originally created for students at the University of Waterloo is a great place to start.

The videos range from 1-5 minutes and focus on discrete subjects like white balance, lens assembly and shutter speed among others.

Condition ONE is the conflict reporting app that makes makes watching scenes from the battlefield an immersive, gripping experience.

Condition ONE even offers something akin to augmented reality for war journalism — hold your tablet or smartphone up as a video scene is playing out onscreen, and as you pan the screen to the left or right or up or down in physical space, the perspective of the image moves to match it like an unnervingly realistic “magic window” onto a war zone.

The point of all this, though, isn’t just to wow jaded techies. “Through our work we hope to shake people from their indifference to war, and to bridge the disconnect between the realities on the ground and the public consciousness at home,” [Danfung] Dennis told DSLR News Shooter. Condition ONE doesn’t just want to put you in the action — it wants to motivate you to take action yourself. Which is what all good conflict journalism is about in the end.

The first live-fire test of Condition ONE was shot in Libya, with the aid of reporter Patrick Chauvel.