Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Are You a Video Ranger?
Ever since Canon came out with their 5D mkII, a lot of photographers have joined the ranks of the Video Rangers. Many of them were encouraged to become Video Rangers after NY Times staff photographer, Vincent Laforet, released that short video on the internet. You know the one. It was pretty cool. It more than demonstrated the possibilities of shooting video with a dSLR, especially if you have a ton of other gear, an experienced production crew, a helicopter, editors and more.
Suddenly, photographers who toiled at shooting images one at a time with a dSLR realized they could multiply their output by many times simply by capturing video. In other words, they could now shoot motion pictures with the same sort of camera they were already accustomed to using for shooting static images. Talk about taking your skill sets to new levels with the flip of a camera mode and the push of a finger!
Photographers lined up to purchase a 5D mkII and, later, other iterations of video-capable dSLRs. For them, it was going to be a brave new world, one in which they might make their indelible marks as filmmakers via their new gear and new-found movie-making abilities.
But then, something happened. Something called reality. And the reality was this: In spite of their newly acquired video-capable dSLRs plus all kinds of accessory gear to complete their rigs, for most photographers-turned-videographers their opus videos didn't quite turn out as expected. Leastwise, they didn't turn out the way Laforet's videos did. Or as many other notable filmmakers did, for that matter. And you wanna know why? Actually, I think I'll let the guy in the video below tell you some of the reasons why.
An open letter to Canon from safetyhammer on Vimeo.
So as not to post a blog update sans some gratuitous eye-candy, something I rarely do, here's a random shot I snapped of Jenna some time back. By the way, I'm proud to call myself a Video Ranger even if I don't own a video-capable dSLR. Instead, I merely own a dSLR that (gulp!) only shoots photographs. But I do own a fairly decent Sony HD vidcam and other video production and post-production gear. I'm also proud to mention I've been a Video Ranger since the very early 80s... maybe even late 70s. I don't remember exactly when my enlistment in the Video Rangers began.