Technology in adventure: Its use and whether it is desirable or even appropriate is a topic that has divided opinion for many years, but there is no denying that technology has played a pivotal role in adventures great and small across the globe – from expeditions in the greater ranges to solo ocean crossings in high-tec rowing boats. And in recent years, rapid innovation in technology means that the way in which it is used has also changed beyond recognition.
Part of the 10th Sheffield Adventure Film Festival (ShAFF), the Technology in Adventure forum is one of the main ShAFF Fringe events and is sponsored by ViewRanger.
As in any field, there are always those who will make use of new technology, pushing the boundaries to make possible what has not been achieved before – the early adopters. In the world of adventure film makers and photographers, technology is very obviously indispensable and its importance has long since extended beyond the basics of high performance cameras for instance. Accurate mapping on location is essential, particularly where the mapping system can be linked to other services. Live social media and location tracking have also become increasingly important, especially for film makers and photographers working in remote areas.
In what promises to be a lively session for outdoor professionals as well as enthusiasts, the Technology in Adventure forum will cover equipment and techniques as well as legal questions arising about the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and drones, in addition to the use of digital mapping technology in the field.
Among those who have confirmed attendance are Matt Pycroft and Matt Harmsworth, leading exponents of UAVs in outdoor filming and Ian Burton, Director and Producer of the film of Beeline Britain as well as renowned adventurer Dave Cornthwaite, an experienced user of ultra-low light and ultra-high speed cameras.
For the full line at ShAFF 2015, go to: http://www.shaff.co.uk/whats-on/festival-at-a-glance-2015/