Vincent Laforet is a filmmaker and photographer that belongs in any reasonable list of Notable Storytellers (read this short piece to understand why we haven’t mentioned him in this column before). Long before he became one of the pioneers (some, including me, would say he is the pioneer) of making films with video-capable DSLRs, he was a staff photographer for the New York Times – and a Pulitzer-prize-winning photographer at that.
Reverie was the film that started it all. Shot over the course of a weekend on a pre-release 5D Mark II borrowed from Canon (that he wasn’t supposed to have, but managed to get Canon to loan him anyway), it set off a storm in the world of video and put Vincent, an already accomplished and talented photographer, on the map in that rarified world.
Being a part of the photo/video industry can sometimes blind you to the fact that not everyone – especially not newcomers to this field – will know everyone of note in it. The Notable Storytellers piece column (and the Photo Finds column before it) was about bringing you the works of folks that you may not have heard of. We never featured Joe McNally or Vincent Laforet for the simple reason that if you’d been around for even a little bit of time, you’d have already heard of these folks.
That assumption was put to rest recently when, during some small talk with a customer at the BorrowLenses.com main office, I found out that this particular customer was just starting to shoot video on a DSLR. He asked if I had any links to good learning resources.
“Well,” I said, “I’m sure you’ve already checked out Vincent Laforet’s classes on creativeLIVE, so…”
“Sorry,” he interrupted. “Who?”
The customer shook his head. I was flumoxed. This had happened to me before, but it still surprised me.
So clearly, we have customers who haven’t heard of Vincent Laforet. I’ve also talked to customers who’ve never heard who Joe McNally is, or who Jay and Varina Patel, Stu Maschwitz, Scott Kelby, or Jay Maisel are.
Part of it is that I do have industry blinders on. I assume that if I know who these people are, everyone must. Obviously, that’s my short-sightedness.
When I first conceived of the Photo Finds column, it was to highlight the work of photographers whose work our audience might not have heard of. So, I resolved not to include the big names, like David Hobby, Joe McNally, Scott Kelby, or Jay Maisel. Not because these photographers weren’t well-known, but because they were. But in doing so, we’ve clearly done a disservice to some of our audience.
So, going forward, we’ll start talking about these folks. Because if you’ve got even a casual interest in photography, you should know about them. And, since the whole point of this blog is to educate and inform our customers and audience, we’ll do our best to bring them to your attention.
As always, questions and feedback are welcome in the comments below.
Welcome to Cool Stuff, a weekly feature where we post our favorite links from the past week, including our favorite articles and how-tos, videos, images and more.
- David Hobby’s been the king of DIY photography for some time now. From his original macro photography studio-in-a-box, to homemade speedlight grids, David has shown a whole generation of photographers how to light their image to great effect at a low cost. Now, he shows you how to create a north light studio on-the-go. And folks? It’s a doozy.
- Photographer Daniel Milnor posted this great video we think you should take a look at. Gunther Holtorf put a half-million miles on his Mercedes SUV, taking it around the globe on a journey of exploration and discovery. Along with him, he also took two Leica film cameras to record his travels.
- By way of PetaPixel, photographer Ted Sabarese guesses and sketches lighting diagrams behind some famous photos.
- Reuters is going to be using some awesome underwater robot cameras for the Olympics. Here’s a look at what they can do.
- We know that apps like Instagram and Hipstamatic are increasing in popularity. Now, Hipstamatic is planning the launch of a foundation for photojournalism.
- Speaking of Instagram, Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love has become the USA basketball team’s unofficial Instagram photographer.
- Who doesn’t like high-speed photography? Courtesy of DIYPhotography.com, here’s how to rig your own high-speed photo trigger.
- Nighttime photographers, this one’s for you. The folks at Luminous Landscape have a nice piece on what they call “Landscape Astrophotography.”
- Heads-up, Fuji fans. The X100 looks to be discontinued. Is Fuji bringing the X200 to Photokina?
That’s it for this week’s Cool Stuff. As always, questions and feedback are welcome in the comments below.
Late last week, we debuted the first of our “Notable Storytellers” pieces, featuring director and VFX artist Stu Maschwitz. This piece replaces the “Photo Finds” column, and I thought that the switch in name and focus warranted an explanation.
Welcome to Notable Storytellers, where we bring you the work of photographers, videographers, and other visual artists we think you should be following. This column replaces the “Photo Finds” column on the BorrowLenses.com blog.
Stu Maschwitz is, to use his own words, “a filmmaker, photographer, and writer, with a passion for kinetic storytelling.” To that, I’ll add that Stu is a prolific director and geek whose blog should be required reading for all video afficionados. read more…
I came across the video below on David Hobby’s site (which happens to be one of the first things I check every morning). In it, photographer Nadav Kander talks about his approach to photography, how he deals with his subjects, and more.
Now, I love gear. I pretty-much eat, sleep, and breathe photography gear. I write about it, I advise our customers and staff about it, I test it, use it, abuse it, and love it. I am, in every sense of the word, a gearhead.
Creativity, however, isn’t a function of gear. It is, rather, related directly to your imagination and your eye, and those are fed by seeing the work of other photographers, talking to them, and learning from them. read more…