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Photographers Using Video on the Web


I’m a still photographer. I have spent roughly 25 years studying lighting techniques, obsessing over the best equipment, perfecting my darkroom prowess, and then starting over with Photoshop. Video is a very different animal; one that intimidates and frightens me. Recognizing what I’m good at and leaving the rest alone has gotten me this far; why do I need to consider utilizing video at this stage of the game? Because the web is here to stay and the competition is heating up.

My background in photography and interest in leveraging the latest technology to advance image making, led to my involvement with liveBooks, the industry’s leading provider of professional-level websites. Over the course of the last five years, I have seen an evolution in the way photographers are using the web to market themselves. One substantial change has involved the inclusion of video in some very interesting and resourceful ways.

What I will focus on here is not photographers offering video as a service to their clients, which is certainly happening as well, but more specifically how still photographers are using video on the web to market themselves.

....someone from inside the photography industry itself; the co-founder of liveBooks, photographer Matt Bailey. Now, this is probably the first time I've had an industry vendor as a guest blogger, but I was contacted by a reader of this blog who suggested having Matt as a guest, and in particular to have him talk about a subject he's very passionate about, which is how photographers can incorporate video into their photography website. I thought, since video is the next emerging must-include feature in new dSLRs, this might be a perfect topic (here are three photographers' websites which have incorporated video with their photography): Colin Finlay (link) Gene Higa (link) Christopher Griffith (link) Anyway, I think it will be really cool, so check back here tomorrow to see what Matt has to say about this fascinating new era in photography and the Web.

Images courtesy of: The Ant Farm, Trailer Park Print, Crew Creative Advertising

“If I am to speak for ten minutes, I need a week for preparation; if fifteen minutes, three days; if half an hour, two days; if an hour, I am ready now.”
– Woodrow T. Wilson

I think that I know what Wilson had in mind back then. Deadlines, deadlines, deadlines… My constant source of inspiration. :)

Hi Scott and fellow bloggers-photoshopers… what a pleasure to be here!

Since a topic of this blog was wide open, I had a reaaaaalllyyy hard time deciding what to talk about. It’s due tomorrow, so I better focus now… 3… 2… 1… focus. Opasinski, focusss…

I would love to share some reflections with you guys, not fully Photoshop oriented, but associated to a certain degree by Photoshop existence.

Long story short… or short story long, we’ll see… :)

....Hollywood Movie Poster designer, and Photoshop genius designer, Tom Opasinski. I first learned about Tom back when he was still living in Poland. He was a NAPP member and had been in touch with my brother Jeff (who used to be NAPP's Executive Director before he retired a few years back). Jeff showed me some of his work back then and I was wow'd. He had always told Jeff how he dreamed that one day he could come to a Photoshop World conference. Well, one day came, he did, and Tom walked away with a Guru Award to boot. The next time I heard about Tom he had moved to Los Angeles, and a little while later I heard he was designing Hollywood movie posters. Not bad, eh? Well, tomorrow I have to honor of sharing Tom's work with you, and I'm just tickled…

My Very Favorite Photography Equipment

Photo by Bill Nygard

Hi, everyone! I’m Ree Drummond, also known as The Pioneer Woman. I’m so happy to be here on Scott Kelby’s blog. What am I doing here, anyway? Photographically speaking, I’m nothing but a punk.

But I’m here, and I might as well join in the fun. I’ve decided to call this post “My Very Favorite Photography Equipment” rather than “My Photography Equipment” for a reason. A very good reason. If I were to call it “My Photography Equipment” I’d have to show you ALL of my photography equipment. This means I’d have to lay all of my sins out in the open and come face-to-face with the reality of my addiction. This way, by simply showing you just a small handful of things I love, I can keep most of my sins packed away and hidden, and avoid admitting in this public forum that I have a problem.

It’s so much better this way.

As I repeatedly tell the cool folks who read the photography portion of my website, when it comes to photography there are approximately 1,986,334 people who know more than I do. I am no expert. On the contrary: I bought my first digital SLR camera—a Nikon D70—a mere three years ago this May. I took one lesson, then dove into the twisted, confusing, and wonderful labyrinth that is Photography. I’ve taken more bad shots than there are grains of sand in all the beaches of the world. But I’ve also taken a handful of photos that I’ve loved, and they’ve kept me going.

Nope, I’m no professional. This makes the fact that I’ve managed to convince myself that I really, really, really need this lens—or ooooh! THAT lens—even more hilarious. But still, I surge on.

What is it about lenses, anyway? Why do they suck us in? I think they emit some kind of addictive, invisible gas that renders us incapable of resisting.

Wait. Isn’t all gas invisible?

But I’m going to go with this gas theory: my penchant for buying lenses has nothing to do with my own excess or lack of control. I buy lenses because an invisible gas makes me do it.

But even if that weren’t the case, I have a backup rationalization: I hate shopping for clothes and shoes and purses and almost never do it. I also live on an isolated ranch and never go anywhere. So I’m actually saving money with this photography hobby if you really think about it.

Isn’t this nice? Scott Kelby invites me to write a guest post on his photography website and I totally blow it. So before he shows up and kicks me to the curb, let me show you my very favorite equipment as of April 15, 2009.

This is the stuff I can’t live without:

....a beloved source of photographic inspiration and information, and one very cool blogger, The Pioneer Woman herself; Ree Drummond. If you've haven't checked out "The Pioneer Woman" blog, stop what you're doing and head there now (here's the link) and you'll see why she has built a cult-following, and why we wanted her to be a special guest blogger here on my blog (by the way, don't just check out her photography---take in the whole site). Then, make sure you're back here tomorrow to see what she has in store. I, for one, can't wait. See you then!