Life with the Narrative Clip: An interview with Christina Mason

Life with the Narrative Clip: An interview with Christina Mason 1

Location:
San Diego CA, USA

How long have you been using your Narrative Clip?
Received, and first used my clip on April 14, 2014

How often do you use your Clip and in what settings?
Between April and May, I’ve worn the clip nine times, so I’m averaging 4-5 times a month and mostly on weekends when I’m attending interesting events.  I don’t use it to capture my day-to-day activities.

Please explain your decision behind getting a Narrative Clip?
Candid photos have always appealed to me over posed images. I love the documentary style photos that a wearable camera offers.  The most genuine expressions from people are captured only when they are unaware their photo is being taken, and those are my favorite moments.

Describe what you like best about the Narrative Clip.
I’m impressed with the image quality (raw image sizes approx 1944 x 2592 pixels), and the apps ability to rotate any image right side up, no matter how you wore the clip on your body.

How do you wear/use the camera?
Still trying to figure out the ideal location on the body to wear it.  The app tends to crop out the bottom half of the image in the timeline, so many of the pictures are simply sky, tops of trees, tops of heads, or ceiling shots.  However, the full scope of the image is visible in the raw photos, and these are the images I will keep and share. I found the best level to be about chest high – either hanging around my neck from a lanyard, or hooked to the straps of a shoulder bag. Here I have it clipped to the shoulder strap of my backpack during a hiking trip. It’s overly colorful because I covered it with a sticker. (Editor’s note: The new Narrative app release has addressed the issue of photos cropping. Read more)

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What’s the most surprising and/or interesting photo you’ve gotten so far?
I’ve gotten many great moments and it’s difficult to limit them to just one or two most interesting or surprising. The anticipation always feels a little like Christmas morning when I upload the pictures at the end of the day. Some moments are a complete disappointment having nothing but blurry or black photos (from wearing it indoors or in the evening), or I’m thrilled to have that one outstanding photo out of the bunch. On a street in Philadelphia, it caught this interesting angle of an old building with graffiti over the windows.

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And I love the combination of capturing close images showing what was happening directly in front of me, while also capturing the back ground activity – like this wedding reception photo:

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or me eating lunch behind the taps at a craft beer festival.

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Do you have any stories around how people react to the Clip?
Be prepared for a lot of strange looks!  I did purchase the orange clip however, so I think the black would be more discreet and blend better with regular street clothes.  I had one woman ask me ‘What is that crazy thing around your neck?!’; but luckily she was quickly distracted by something around her and I ultimately never had to give her an answer.

What is best moment you’ve captured with the Narrative Clip and why?
I have found that it’s often not a single image that’s interesting, but witnessing a full moment in the time-lapse view.  I clipped it to my cats collar, and it was really cute to see how she spent her day while I was at work.  She manged to capture a few blurry pictures of herself sitting in front a mirror, and I love how she captured her own shadow.

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What’s a specific use case for your Narrative Clip that you’re looking forward to trying out?
The upcoming horse races at Del Mar.

What’s a feature(s) you’d really like to see added to the Narrative service in the future?
Better clarity with low light situations.