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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Photo and/or Video

I'm conflicted about us still photographers moving into the world of shooting video. On one hand, I don’t necessarily believe that just because my camera is equipped for some new capture methodology means that I have the skills to do it well. On the other hand, the creative and inquisitive parts of me are intrigued by the idea of exploring the possibilities. Well all of this theoretical consideration finally became a reality as I had the opportunity to work on a multimedia project shot entirely with my Canon EOS 5D Mark II. My focus was a modified photo essay augmented by natural sound, video and personal interviews. I learned a lot working on it, not the least of which was that I needed to spend more time on the photography, and even more time focusing on the kinds of images that would tell the story best. In the end, I used up the better part of a week learning video editing, but it was a very rewarding challenge. Shooting for a multimedia piece involves a whole different mindset than shooting just stills, and I think simply exercising a different part of your mind has to be a good thing. I’m still not convinced that all photographers can shoot video any more than all videographers can shoot stills, but I’m a little more willing to explore all of the options available to me. And—who am I kidding—I’m kind of excited about that. Check out the results at Vimeo.com.



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