Friday, April 27, 2012

The Video Project ~

Last week we spent a day (a very long day) in the studio working on an instructional video about studio lighting. It's being produced by the Pacific Northwest Center for Photography and my good friend Sharon O'Keefe as part of a series of instructional videos she's planning. One thing is for sure: I'll never see what the big attraction is about being in front of the camera!

That's Sharon on the left, conferring with our Final Cut-certified videographer Brenda Manookin. They're either going over the shooting script or the lunch menu, can't remember which!
It's hard to convey just how much work goes into a production like this. I have a huge amount of respect for Brenda and her skills; video production, especially at this level, is such a mystery to me.

But I was really impressed to see that the cameras she was using were Canon 7Ds -- the same camera I use! Of course, they were connected to some pretty sophisticated sound equipment, but great image quality is what we both want in the studio, and these let Brenda shoot at a full 1080p.
I have always loved doing lighting workshops, and over the years have done hundreds of them. I really want photographers to get to know the studio and how creatively fulfilling studio portraiture can be, but I also want to dispel some of the mystery that makes it a little intimidating. It's a fun and accessible skill that I hope this video will convey!

What have you been working on? I hope you've been having as much fun as I have (yes, as nerve-wracking as acting in the front of the camera can be, I had a blast!)

Anything to share? Doesn't even have to be 1080p!

Later amigos!