It’s been pretty quiet around the blog and social media the last few months. I’ve still been working and shooting but taking a break from the never ending promotional side of being a photographer. I scaled back this side of the business so I could focus on existing clients while also giving myself some space to explore some new things.
One of these new areas I’m really excited about is moving pictures — video, motion, and film making. I’ve resisted in the past because I thought it was too time consuming or would require a great deal of coordination to build a team to get great results. But I realize now that’s just not the case at all.
After working with the great team at Defiance Sail Charters on a swimwear shoot, I got hooked on the idea of learning to sail. It’s always been in the back of my mind as something on the bucket list but being out there that day made me realize that New England is an ideal place for learning and having new adventures on a boat.
So what does learning to sail have to do with shooting motion? Well, the first thing I did was to start researching sailing on the web. Sailing schools, types and prices of boats, destinations and a whole lot more became the focus of my Google searches with the vast majority of those queries taking me to You Tube videos.
I quickly discovered that there are a lot of people sailing around the world who are making videos of their adventures. The combination of travel and sailing hooked me instantly. Much to my wife’s dismay I devoured these videos, often for hours at a time. Vicariously I’ve traveled to Antartica, the Caribbean, and Madagascar among other places.
I never really watched You Tube much beyond highlights of SNL or a couple photography channels. But there was something about these sailing videos that captures the boating experience in a way that still photographs can’t. The rocking of the boat, the sounds of waves crashing, overhead views from a drone, diving footage; putting these elements together into a video is a much more immersive experience than a series of still images.
As I watched these videos I realized that a great story was being told with often just a single camera, some voice over, and straightforward editing. It was sailing around the world vicariously with people I’d never met that really opened my eyes about how to make a video that’s worth watching. And it has inspired me to want to make my own videos.
Fundamental creative shifts happen when I take some time away from making pictures to explore something new. And in this case sailing has sparked new inspiration and a wealth of new ideas for both photography and motion. I hope to share them with you in the next few months.