Having multiple camera's proved critical, in one instance my battery died in my DSLR so within seconds I switched to my Powershot just to capture the crowd storming the stage at Joshua Davis & Madame Ghandi's performance. Had I not had my second camera on backup I would have missed the crowd rushing to the front with people raising chairs into the air. Having multiple cameras also saves time, shooting time lapses simultaneously gave me the opportunity to edit photos on my iPhone as I collected new footage - productivity and time management skills come into use in situations like that.
At one point I was given a 4th camera by Michael Flarup as he presented on the Adobe Twitch channel - it's safe to say I was a little swamped!
I look a little bewildered, its understandable considering I had 4 cameras on me at once...
8. Adobe Capture Let's Anyone Create
OFFF isn't just about talks from some of the industry's leading, there is also a whole section dedicated to workshops, stores and even a tattoo parlour. One of the main attractions were the several Adobe booths where you could create your own design to be printed onto a tote bag; you could also print a funny postcard created in Photoshop. To fully utilize the programs used at OFFF it was necessary to sketch the idea first before scanning it in, this is an ache to do time and time again but with Adobe Capture, sketches could be synced to the Creative Cloud in seconds. The app truly has come a long way since its original premise, now allowing you to generate colour pallets through the camera, converting a photo into a brush or turning objects into vector-based shapes.
The app allows anyone to create and seeing the amazing work produced at the Adobe stands proved that to me. Seeing the power and creativity that individuals have while using such a powerful tool was motivating - I'm incredibly jealous of the Creative Cloud library that stores all of the insane designs!
9. The Internet has Changed Everything
I've always been under the influence that the internet is the greatest thing to have ever been invented, it has shaped my life and career in monumental ways - creating YouTube content when I was only 10 years old allowed me to be part of a new generation of digital natives. Everything I have ever learned has been though the web, all experiences I've had offered to me are due to my successful Gaming YouTube channel - earned thousands of pounds through advertising and selling designs amongst other ventures. Even this trip to OFFF was only possible due to the internet! Digital Kitchen, the creative and digital agency behind the titles of Dexter and Narcos, had a talk hosted by Alaa Mendili, one point of significance that stood out to me was how he got started in his field.
"Where I was born and where I grew up doesn't really matter because for me it all started with the Internet." - Alaa Mendili
It was great listening to someone in such an accomplished position who had the same experience as I, the internet allowing anyone at any age to learn absolutely anything. I've just finished my second year of university and I feel like I've barely learned anything simply due to the fact I had learned most of it years prior through Google and YouTube. The internet is a tool that I will use indefinitely in the future to brush up on my weak areas - if you aren't utilizing the power of the web to improve your skill set or work, please start.
10. Personal Projects are Key
Through OFFF many speakers identified how starting personal projects out of curiosity and passion in a childlike state was a great way to get attention and can in time turn into paying projects. James White of SignalNoise started designing illustrations of his favourite wrestlers from the 80s, long story short, one thing lead to another and now has began working on The Lego Movie 2 with one of his heroes Rob Schrab.
I've had my fair share of personal projects help me get my foot in the door to some interesting companies and meet some talented people. I personally feel that your evenings after work happen to be the perfect time to "kill" time on something relaxing, a passion project of sorts that has a slight hint of shareability or skills growth within it. It's a win-win situation to me, you end up learning and potentially adding to your portfolio while having fun and if you fail....you guessed it, have a succailure.
A lot of useful information at this year's OFFF festival, if you didn't make it I hope these 10 points have taught you something; I learned a hell of a lot more than the few mentioned in this post so if you can make it to OFFF next year please do as you won't regret it. Thank you to Adobe and everyone I met at the festival for being such great people with positive and creative attitudes, it meant a great deal to me. I hope to work with you all again in future.
Written by Jamie Whiffen - Filmmaker. YouTuber. Photographer. Social Media Enthusiast. Adobe Student Rep.