posting not phone-made video on Instagram

Generally sound simple. Shot on the phone, start up Instagram, choose video, publish.

However if you have video shot on the real camera, post processed on the computer it’s not that simple.

First – the limits on the Instagram’s side (see the Insgragram page about it):

  • 640×640 px. Yes, it’s square. So crop your video or try to live with the strips above and below. Generally – prepare square video.
  • 15 seconds. Crop it with precision, otherwise you have to do it later with Instagram which can be frustrating if you want to do it precisely
  • framerate should not be above 29,97 but this is my guess (24fps works, 29,96fps works also).
  • encoding – I use H.264 for iOS devices (actually FCPX preset) but with best quality settings.

Once we have the file (usually it’s about 2-5 MB), we have to put it on the phone. I have tried to upload with desktop apps but without success, so it’s faster to follow this:

1) upload video to phone by any sync method you have available then pass to point 3. The video will be in Camera Roll (on the iOS devices like iPhone).
– for iOS – you can use iTunes and sync works also by wifi, not only by cable connection.

2) use cloud storage (like Dropbox) to get access to video file.
– upload video to the cloud service (let’s say Dropbox)
– either login to mobile app Dropbox on the phone (both iOS and Android free versions are available) either send link to the phone to access the file
– for iOS devices – you need to have account on the Dropbox service to access file as they cannot just download the files from internet.
– when sharing the link not to yourself – there is option to save to Dropbox (that’s why you need Dropbox account).

– on iOS devices – once you have the file in own Dropbox – you can share it to Camera Roll (bottom icons -> first button on the left, then “Save Video” 2nd button on the left from bottom row) . If you get message box telling that “this video may be not compatible with this device” won’t worry until it plays correctly after landing in Camera Roll.

3) open Instagram app. Choose the video from the library (Camera Roll on the iOS devices). You do not need to crop, you do not need to cut (unless you have it longer then 15 seconds), just preview whole video (check if there is no sound drop or any speed problem with the sound and video), then – just post 馃檪

I will cover how to work with Final Cut Pro X and custom video sizes in the future.

music resources for filmmakers

I will remember Bodaf Malaga 2013 mostly because of Fran Montoro. It’s actually interesting, because I was one of the speaker on the conference as photographer, but Fran Montoro touched by his presentation and speech one of the things that I had inside of me. The music. The sound. And the personal connection with whole sound in the filmmaking and cinematography. Of course only a few will be as gifted as Fran to sit with friends and write down and record music for the movie. For the very fast and short edits like 1-2 minutes I use Garageband, but this is just fast attempt to have background that just flow.

The minor of videography is in my opinion lack of respect of music copyrights. Most of videographers just take piece of music from the internet and put it as soundtrack to their i.e. wedding movie. In best point they put down the copyrights written, however it’s not the same to have rights to use someone’s work inside our work, as all wedding movies are commercial based. Someone is paid. Publishing wedding movie with soundtrack we have no licence to use is violation of copyrights. Just try to be fair, 50 USD for the licence is not that much. Below a few resources to find and buy licence for use music inside the movie. I will be updating this post with new links if I will find something.
MOBY – music for independent film makers


on the title image the band Marianna i ch艂opaki (Marianna and fellows).

think big: the ROOTS album

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Album, kt贸rego przygotowanie聽i planowanie paradoksalnie zaj臋艂o prawie dwa lata. Album oraz idea, o kt贸rej m贸wi艂em przez ostatnie聽dwa lata warsztat贸w dla fotograf贸w. O nie byciu mentalnie fotografem 艣lubnym. O traktowaniu fotografii w spos贸b taki jak traktuje si臋 sztuk臋 – czyli w formie kolekcjonerskiej.

ROOTS to koncepcja sesji, kt贸ra by艂a wyj艣ciem ze strefy komfortu. Technika mokrego kolodionu, walka z chemi膮, fizyk膮. Dowiedzia艂em si臋 wiele o sobie, 偶e mam diabelnie gor膮ce palce i nawet dwie r臋kawiczki nie ukryj膮 tego na p艂ycie szklanej. Zostawiam sw贸j autorski 艣lad, nawet trzymaj膮c p艂yt臋 za kraw臋dzie.

Wielkie podzi臋kowania dla kilku os贸b, kt贸re w jaki艣 spos贸b spowodowa艂y taki a nie inny bieg wydarze艅 dwa lata temu:

– Sergiusz Shushyn czyli Mr Flawless – z kt贸rym 偶ycie krzy偶owa艂o mi ju偶 par臋 razy drogi, tym razem w roli przewodnika i nauczyciela pierwszych ever wylanych p艂yt kolodionowych, dzi臋ki Serg za te wsp贸lne wdychanie eteru 馃檪

Quinn Jacobson, kt贸rego przyjacielsko艣膰聽i niezwyk艂a otwarto艣膰聽pozwoli艂a mi odkry膰聽wiele聽rzeczy,

– Nicole Mouleo-Mbongo, kt贸ra wyst膮pi艂a w roli modelki – szczeg贸lnie za ogromn膮 cierpliwo艣膰 w skali 12 sekund

– Kasi Sujce, za makeup Nicole i du偶膮聽ilo艣膰 s艂贸w na sesji 馃檪 urodzeni 22 lutego tak maj膮 馃槈

– ekipie bardzo 偶yczliwych ludzi (Rafa艂, Micha艂, S艂awek) @ Leica Camera Polska za walizk臋聽z besti膮 pt. Leica S2

Osobny zestaw podzi臋kowa艅 dla Jagody i Marcina D膮browskich z drukarni artystycznej Empresse za produkcj臋 tego albumu czyli nadanie tego wyj膮tkowego, realnego kszta艂tu, tym bardziej cieszy mnie, 偶e jest to nasza kolejna wsp贸lna produkcja.

O samym albumie – tworzy go zaledwie 13 stron, z czego 4 s膮 zawieraj膮 reprodukcje 4 zdj臋膰 wykonanych w technice mokrego kolodionu, 7 reprodukcji zdj臋膰 wykonanych aparatem Leica S2. Album zaprojektowany jest do艣膰 nietypowo – otwiera si臋 w dwie strony – z jednej strony zawiera reprodukcje zdj臋膰 w technice mokrego kolodionu, otwieraj膮c album w drug膮 stron臋 zobaczymy zdj臋cia wykonane aparatem Leica S2) Wszystko – na kartach w formacie 50x60cm na papierze聽Hahnemuehle Photo Rag 188 @聽2880 dpi, pliki “wej艣ciowe” z mokrego kolodionu mia艂y聽640 dpi, pliki z aparatu Leica S2 prints 420 dpi.

Moje wyobra偶enie o wielko艣ci negatywu/pozytywu w tym momencie skrystalizowa艂o si臋 do postaci formatu 50x50cm.

Aktualnie album jest dost臋pny do obejrzenia w聽Leica Gallery Warszawa, ul. Mysia 3.


It’s taken almost two years to finalise this album. During these two year I have mentioned it – as an idea on every single workshop for photographers I did. About not being mentally wedding photographer, about thinking about what we are doing as an art, about collector’s value.

During this time I have spoken with Empress-art thousand times what size it should be, how to think about this kind of album.

ROOTS is a concept of the session, with leaving聽the comfort zone. Wet collodion technique, a聽fight聽with the chemistry, physics. I learned a lot about myself, including I have a devilishly hot fingers and even two gloves do not hide its marks on the glass. I leave my own聽author’s fingerprint, even holding the wet glass聽by the edges.

Many thanks to the few people who in some way have caused such and no other course of events two years ago:

– Sergei Shushyn aka聽Mr. Flawless –聽a friend, this time in the role of guide and teacher’s first ever shed collodion plates, thanks to Serg for these common inhalation of an ether 聽馃檪

– Quinn Jacobson, whose friendliness and unusual openness has allowed me to discover a lot of things,

– Nicole Mouleo-Mbongo, which was the model聽– especially for huge patience in the scale of 12 seconds

– Kasia Sujce for makeup Nicole and a large number of words per session 馃檪 born on February 22 so have;)

– Team of very friendly people (Raphael, Michael, Slawek) @ Leica Camera Poland for the suitcase with the beast called聽Leica S2

A separate set of thanks for Jagoda聽and Marcin Dabrowski of Empress print house for the production of this album that is giving this unique, real shape, the more I am glad that this is our another聽common production.

About the album – it contains聽only 13 pages, 4 of which are contain reproductions of 4 pictures taken in wet collodion technique, 7 reproduce images shot with the camera Leica S2. It’s done in a kind of unusual form – it opens in two sides way – the one contains wet plate collodion prints, from the back there is part made digital on Leica S2. All – on the cards in the format 50x60cm paper Hahnemuehle Photo Rag 188 @ 2880 dpi, the files “input” from wet collodion were 640 dpi, files from the Leica S2 camera prints 420 dpi.

My idea of 鈥嬧媡he size of the negative / positive at the moment crystallized into a format 50x50cm.

Currently, the album is available to see聽at the Leica Gallery Warsaw,聽Mysia聽3 street.

zdj臋cia albumu/album pics by: Grzegorz P臋dzich

Bodaf Europe Malaga 2013 Experience

I needed a few days to reset before writting this. To reach home, kiss our boy, talk to our cat. It’s good to be at home, but it’s pity that it’s already after BodafEurope.

Most of all I miss all people, maybe not talking much in English, but very exited about the congress, the speeches, possibilities, the future. Best wish I can say to you: stay with this eager.

A lots of talks, at the pool, in the bar, everywhere. Where we are, european, do we still need to be guide as blind in wedding business or we are adult enough? I hope you all got the message: it’s time to make a change.

I hope you all have noticed the difference in this Bodaf. So much about this change. The Holstee Manifesto that appeared many times during speeches, quoted partly or full. It’s the right time. It’s about the change and believe in what we are doing. None can drive car forward looking at rear-view mirror. I keep my thumbs for that.

It’s the same as koan from Zen: the old man sits it the center of the village and tells the stories. First all people are around him, then only few of them, then nothing, even children. But still sits in the center of the village and tells the stories. After some days one of the children has come to him and asked: Grandpa, there is none around you, why you still tell the stories? None listen to them. He just said: At first I was telling the stories to change the world, now I tell the stories to not let the world change me.

This is my message to you all. Donot let world change you. Change the world. Because you can.*

We are still under impression about Spanish photographers and videographers (and Fran Montoro which is definately filmaker and great storyteller). This was first time I’ve heard so honest words about business from american photographer (once again hats off Sean Flanigan). Ed Peers, 200% authentic and totally reflecting with personality to his pictures and style, calm and peaceful, Davina and Daniel with incredible passion and dedication. And restless Jonas Peterson, still thinking about what I’ve heard from him ‘in between’.

Special thanks and incredible warm hug to Andres Parro and Issa Leal. You have created something really amazing. It’s always about people and – chapeau bas to you for whole congress. We are with Agnieszka really amazed by you both and your ‘child’ so much of your personality inside Bodaf, it’s incredible to meet you and be part of this.

Thanks and hug for whole ‘in the bar’ pals: Hamish, Steve, Ed, Jonas. It was kinda lifetime experience to share time and some beers with you. Hope to meet you again one day.

Luis, Ana, Fran, Andreas, Marcin, Victor, Sergio, Patrizia, H茅ctor, Adrian, Nicole, Moniek, Rene, Sophie, Kake – it was great to see you folks. A big hug and kiss!

Francisco Montoro, you forced me to think more about music. There are no words that can say ‘thank you’ proper way.

* with special decidation to one man that shared with us something very special and personal: Jonas.

his personal best

Elliott Erwitt's exhibition in Warsaw, 2013, Marcin Rusinowski, photographer, Leica M9

[quote]You can find pictures anywhere. Elliott Erwitt[/quote]

Elliott is amazing, because his images are amazing. That’s it. During Elliott Erwitt’s exhibition “Personal best”. Leica M9 + Elmarit 28ASPH