November 22

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New Project – Short Videos with Original Music

By Dan

November 22, 2021

Today, I start a brand new series: Instagram Reels with original music. My first clip below is a scene from yesterday’s very chilly afternoon walk along the trails in Anchorage with my Fujifilm X-T4 and XF70-300mm lens.

During the past couple of years, I’ve become more intrigued with creating and scoring short videos, and I’ve posted a handful of them on my YouTube Channel. This has long been a creative interest for me (I actually took an intro to film scoring class in college), and with today’s video and audio recording technology, this process has become so much more accessible.

An almost lifelong musician, I’ve started to devote even more time to music in recent months and continue to look for ways to bring that to the forefront in my life. Earlier this year, I added a music page to my website, started a music blog, recorded and released a full length album, and began to release my own music on the popular streaming channels.

I see this little “Reels” project as a great way to combine these two passions, keep me motivated, and experiment with new sounds and styles on the guitar and keyboard. I like the idea of creating very shot musical passages, as opposed as always thinking “full song.” Plus, this gives me an excuse to play even more music during the “working day” while sitting at my desk.

Winter is such a wonderful time for photography in Alaska, so I thought this was a fitting way to start the series! Enjoy, let me know what you think, and keep watching for more of these on my Instagram channel!

About the author

Hi, I'm Dan Bailey, a 20+ year pro outdoor and adventure photographer, and official FUJIFILM X-Photographer based in Anchorage, Alaska.


As a top rated blogger and author my goal is to help you become a better, more confident and competent photographer, so that you can have as much fun and creative enjoyment as I do.


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