Heavy Metal - Extended




Video shot with a Canon 550D and 2 x Panasonic GH1's. Lenses used included:- Canon 10-22mm zoom, Nikon 50mm f/1.2 and 85mm f/1.8, Leica 135mm f/4 lenses.


In complete contrast to the K-5 video this is an extended version of the industrial, "Heavy Metal" footage that Ben and I shot last year. Video editing is very much a work in progress for me and this was an opportunity to try to get to grips with Adobe Premiere Elements. Hence the split screen and overuse of some of the Premiere transitions!! Video editing is a very time-consuming process and though it probably doesn't look like it this took me days!


In terms of quality the final file was incredible. 11 minutes long, it ended up at nearly 5GB, but it looked superb. This YouTube version is compressed somewhat but still looks pretty good if you view it in HD.


Convergence, as its become known, is now becoming a fact of life. The all-in-one Photographer/Videographer/Editor is now a reality. The gear may allow us to do all sorts of things but the workload is certainly getting heavier because of it. There's a growing expectation from clients these days that a "Photographer" should offer more than stills. While it extends work opportunities for many, it does become very demanding keeping up. We're now expected to be proficient in fields that in the past would have been taken care of by others. While speciality is still a reality in the fields of movies, TV, and high-end advertising photography, the jobbing photographer is now becoming the proverbial "Jack of all Trades". Sometimes I worry whether the second half of the cliche "Master of None" is also happening to us. 


One of the reasons I found weddings such as problem was the sheer amount of work. Two of us shot the stills, shot the video, edited both and laid out the wedding albums, with only an extra video cameraman for assistance. So - Photographer, Videographer, Photo Editor, Video Editor and Graphic Designer. I'm all for "Renaissance Man" but this is getting a bit over the top. Part of what's going on is the result of an (incorrect) assumption that because we're using digital gear and computers its easier, quicker and should therefore be cheaper. Often photographers can end up working long hours for a reduced hourly rate and there are many such stories of the pressures that trying to offer too much can cause. 


I certainly enjoy certain elements of producing video and while I feel I'm getting better in terms of shooting and editing, its something thats still very new to me. I am in the fortunate position where I don't have to give myself a crash course in the complexities of the moving image to try to make a living, but I know that there are many photographers just starting out who are doing just that. Where this will all end who knows. However it's a gear led revolution thats going on and what we end up doing is probably more influenced by the advances in equipment, rather than our own aspirations. 


David