What? Me do video? NEVER! I'm a photographer!

September 20, 2015

And yes those were the words that used to come out of my mouth for many years!  Video and photography were like oil and water to me.  They just didn't mix. How could you mix the "pristine" art of taking photographs with dull, news like video presentations?  In my mind there was no creative room for video in my life.

Then I stumbled across a couple film makers and daily vloggers (video bloggers) and my opinion started changing.  Why?  It was because I saw them do something that was 1) very high quality and 2) told good stories.  They resonated with me that to a point that got my attention.  It got me thinking.  Video was a way for me to express what was inside of me to others thru a very good medium. It changed my opinion forever.

Here's three of the people that I follow their works on a constant basis:

Casey Neistat - https://www.youtube.com/user/caseyneistat

Scott David Winn - https://www.youtube.com/user/scottdw

Devin Graham - https://www.youtube.com/user/devingraham

All three capture the an energy that I try to get in my photography.  And it was their work that got me to dive into the world of film.  I could express now more than what I could in the world of photography.  

And video is a medium I personally use all the time.  YouTube, Instagram and Vimeo are all mediums that allow the creator to offer anything directly to "market" without a middle man.  Its pretty powerful!

What I loved about video/film was the ability of mixing moving images with music that stirred the soul.  The power behind mixing the two was just too tempting not to do.

But the "desire" to do something and the actual "doing" of it are two different things.  Everyone has desires.  Not everyone is willing to walk the journey to get to their desire. Work challenges your motives.  Are you really willing to do work and invest in learning something new?  Why are you doing this?  If it is for notoriety or fame, then there is not enough meat on that bone to keep you going.  But if you wan to learn how to make a great film presentation or story without regards to all that other stuff, then go for it.  Photography has become very noisy over the last ten years.  So many photographers out there.  In the cell phone / "selfie" world, photography has become a "free" commodity.  Most people will not pay for a photograph anymore.  Unless it is something awesome.

Intimidation is the first thing you will encounter.  Yes, most of you have proper exposure, framing and other basics down by now.  And most of your DSLR cameras have video capabilities, which you ignored for the most part until now!  It is a daunting learning curve that seems too large to overcome at times.  But if you can get thru the initial "get up to speed" curve, then your inner creative skills now has a new platform to work with.  And that is so very awesome!

In the mean time, if you're thinking about entering the world of film/video - then go for it!  In the little time I've been swimming in it, the water is fine and there's a world of opportunity waiting for you.

Scary?  Yes.  Rewarding? Very much so!

Have a great week!

Mike

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