planetMitch spotted in the wild – recent sightings

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I'm always looking for fun things to do to expose myself… no wait, that doesn't sound right! I thought I'd post a couple of recent appearances out on the web in case you haven't seen them.

Mitch Aunger Talks about HDSLR Trends on B&H Insights

B&H: If you could point out the four most important changes which a photographer jumping into the world of video would have to adapt to, what would they be?

Mitch: There are many similarities, but there are plenty of differences as well, so it can be easy for a photographer to pick up video. Maybe a little easier than someone starting from scratch, because a good photographer already knows framing and what looks good in lighting. But that doesn’t answer the question—ha! The obvious big ones are motion and sound—things photographers don’t ever think about (except when something is moving too fast to freeze). Sound is probably the hardest to learn—it has nothing to do with what you’ve already learned—and sound is about 50% of great video (though most people don’t even think about it).

The other two would be focusing on moving objects, and controlling light. Movie makers don’t know anything about autofocus! First, there isn’t one good enough, and even if there were, it would take a long time for any pro to trust it. There are guys whose sole job is to focus (called a focus puller), and they’re incredibly skilled in the pro ranks. The other thing that many photogs aren’t used to doing, unless they’re studio photographers, is controlling the light. After being on some movie sets and watching the Director of Photography spend hours on getting the lights just right, you learn just how crafty (and picky) they can be about the light falling in a scene. Compare something like the TV show “Castle”—where the DP does an excellent job of crafting the lighting—to a sitcom where the whole scene is lit as if it is a stage play, and you’ll see what amazing differences there can be. Sure, photographers are used to seeing light, but they usually are reacting to it, not crafting it (with some exceptions of course).

I’ll throw in a bonus: Usually, photographers are solo individuals, whereas working in video is most often a team endeavor—very different!

And that's just the beginning of the article – read the whole thing now

planetMitch on Digital Convergence Podcast

Carl Olson over at the Digital Convergence Podcast has asked me to be a regular guest host and we've been having a blast talking about news, gear, production, and people (well, it isn't gossip, but we do talk about great artists).

Here are a couple of episodes you might like:

(cover photo credit: snap from the video)

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