October 09, 2011

Pictureline Digitalfest Seminars

Pictureline hosted two amazing photographers for their Digitalfest this weekend; Alex Buono, Director of Photography for Saturday Night Live's Film Unit, and Corey Rich, Outdoor Adventure and Outdoor Lifestyle Photographer.  Both renowned in their own right and both delivered informative and inspiring seminars.

First, Alex Buono, an immensely talented videographer uses the Canon 5D as his go-to camera when shooting in low light and in tight spaces.  He explained it's versatility and ergonomic value in making both still and video productions.  If you've seen the stylistic intro to Saturday Night Live you've seen some of his work with this camera (see below).  The entire intro, in fact, was done with the 5D.  He offered several tips on time-lapse photography and video techniques that boosted my interest in both.  Alex Buono's seminar only reinforced these interests.  Unfortunately, I don't own a camera capable of the cinema-like quality today's video DSLR's are producing, however, with such relative prices I feel they are well within reach.  But time-lapse is something any camera can do, you just need the right tools.   Alex provided several tips and examples of how he's used time lapse in his own video productions.  One of the coolest tricks, for any photographer, was a fairly new feature on Google Earth.  There are several little toggle options at the top of the screen of Google Earth and one of them is a little sun.  If you click on the sun you can see where it will be at any time, anywhere.  If you're headed somewhere you've never been before you can map it out on Google Earth and see exactly where the sun will be and how the light will hit your subject before you even get there.
Overall, I left excited for the future of photography.  Whether in video or still.  There is so much talent out there and I hope I can continue to improve and create and one day contribute.

Corey Rich presented the next night and didn't disappoint.  He told his story of how he became a photographer with such enthusiasm and excitement.  There was no way anyone left that seminar uninspired.  Corey talked about getting his first assignments with Patagonia and how having his name out there got his foot in the door for other amazing photo opportunities.  Promoting yourself is all part of the journey of a professional photographer.  Starting out as a staff photographer for a small newspaper, Corey learned to document what he saw in an interesting way.
He gave three components that make any photograph:
First, interesting composition.  Filling a rectangle.
Second, light.  Where is it coming from?  What does it look like?  How do you capture it?
Third, catching the moment.  The moment is usually what makes the photo.
Getting all three components is the tricky part.  One or two can give you good photos, but it's capturing those great photos with all the components that make great shots.
Corey's main objective in photography is to tell a story.  Telling a story can be the most important aspect to your photography and how you tell that story is what can set you apart.  Initially I got into photography to document the things I was seeing and experiencing.  Telling a story came naturally.  I came out of the seminar inspired and ready to up my game.  Photographing what he loves is what makes Corey Rich's passion so contagious.  One of the best lines of his seminar was, "There is no such thing as bad light.  Light is what you make of it."  Excuses are for the birds.

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