Greetings! Thanks for checking out my blog. This is where I get to ramble on about all things photography.
If you've been following my last few posts, you've probably noticed my excitement regarding videography.
Frankly... I've had a lot of fun doing photography, and I've met dozens of great couples that have become close friends, but it is limiting my creativity, I can just do so much more with video clips, editing techniques and the right soundtrack.
Though I know my work is so much better than it once was, it seems I don't get the "WOW" from clients that is one of the main motivators for my being so conscientious and meticulous about my shooting and editing. However, with video, the skill and expertise that goes into the crafting of a short film is readily observable, even if one doesn't know the specifics of cameras and editing.
So! Videography here I come. Hopefully I'll be posting some wonderful new highlight videos here in the next few months.
I hope you have a great 2016, good luck in all your ventures!
I haven't posted anything here for a very long time, mostly because I didn't feel I had anything that important to say... Yes, it's good to have a wide social media presence, but I don't want to bore my few followers with irrelevant comments.
Today I have something to say! I posted two short new videos to my Glenn Wilburn, Images FaceBook account and asked a couple of my fans (sister and niece) to review them. I was interested primarily to learn what they thought of the quality, which they complemented, however, they didn't really notice a big difference from my previous short videos and slideshows.
That's when I explained that almost all of my previous work had been created with templates, where I just dropped in the appropriate length video clip or still photo and presto, the template generated all the borders, transitions, etcetera. Also, prior to this weekend, all my video footage was static, meaning the camera was stationary. Now though, I have the equipment to create smooth glides and pans in any direction. This is what truly elevates the short video into the realm of cinematography, in that I created the storyline and captured the appropriate footage, angles, views, etc. to flesh out my "film".
Please take a look for yourself. This is from the ceremony half of the event:
It's been months since I've posted here, but I guess there just wasn't anything new going on. However, now that my busy season is here (five weddings in six weeks), I've been looking for ways to be more creative. Something that would reignite my passion for photography... and I've found it. Video!
Videography is something I've been tampering with, but really as an aside to my photography. I've included free clips with my photography work, or even a short video, but I wasn't using my cameras to their full cinema capability. The wedding I captured this weekend was video only, and using some of the technique and gear I've gathered, I did a passable job of creating both a short trailer and a full length video.
But, truth be told, I shot with one camera, when I think I could have improved the outcome had I shot with a stationary camera set up for wide angle shooting, and a handheld camera for closeups. I've used the dual camera setup before, though I'd forgotten how much better it can be to have multiple angles within the same video segment. Also, I only used one recording device, which was fine except for a portion of the reception when the Bride told an amazingly sweet story of a previous trip to the venue, where a lapel mike on the Groom would have been awesome.
Bottom line: I'm going out today to randomly shoot street video, just like I've done for years to improve my photo quality, I'm going to "play" with my gear and see what great discoveries I can make for improving my future videos. Because as an obsessive/compulsive perfectionist... I want my videos to be truly special and emotionally gratifying for my clients.
These are the photos I took during my two days at the photographer's roundtable at The Wizards' Academy. Had a total of about 12 hours of instruction from the Wizard (Ron Whittington) and spent the rest of my time taking photos for the 20th. Anniversary commemorative photo book.
My assignment was to shoot the exterior of The Academy, my bedroom, and some interior shots of the Visitor Center.