I ran across this video on The Daily What and thought of a few things. First of all, the visuals are just stunning. The muted gray with shocks of black and white, how quiet the tonality is, how loud the subjects are, gorgeous. You could pick nearly any frame out of it and it would stand alone as a great picture.

Second, with the exceptions being studio space and resources, many still cameras are in fact turning into capable video cameras. While I'm sure this was shot on something a bit more sophisticated, my own camera is capable of 60fps at a moderate resolution, more than enough for some demos or web videos.

Since video has already become so prevalent as a skill needed by even still photographers, it's worth knowing the basics when the time comes to collaborate on a project. Even if you (or I) lack the technical know-how and the equipment, the ability to visualize and direct video can be extraordinarily similar to still photography. The job of the Director of Photography on a major motion picture set includes lighting, framing and technical aspects that are basically interchangeable with photography.

So if you're the kind of photographer that can look at a movie frame and see the light and compose an image, you may have a small stepping stone to working on video for a variety of projects. After all, photographers do in one frame what videographers have to do in 24.


Woodkid - Iron from WOODKID on Vimeo.





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