Digital Snow Day: Take one (to come!)

Uh-oh. I found my old digital camcorder. It’s plugged in. Charging. Getting ready for. . . .

A few days ago, one of my students, Jenna, posted a video on facebook that she made in my class while I was meeting with underclassmen. It’s not that it’s a great video–it is. But more than that, it’s that she had so much fun shooting the film and then editing it to music.

Jenna’s so good at this. She shoots/posts video all the time, and she is so comfortable with being in front of the camera and editing the footage, the videos she produces are as much about her happiness and comfort in creating them as they are about the final 3-minute product she posts on Facebook or elsewhere.

Before Jenna, there were others just as inspiring. Mike and Kendall, former students who graduated years ago, are really putting together some polished, professional works about biking, snowboarding, and other things, I am sure. You can see Mike and Kendall’s latest video here.

Jenna, Mike, Kendall and others are so inspiring to me in the world of video–a world that, for some reason, I have not spent much time exploring. For those of you who know me and my passion for all things artistic, especially related to photography, you would think that I would have started doing this a little earlier.

It’s a mystery to me as well. My generation was raised on MTV, but not me. How crazy is it that I cannot think of a single music video that I’ve ever seen in its entirety.

I know. Weird.

Maybe still-life was more my speed back in the 80s. I remember buying my first SLR, a Minolta X-570 that I loved like my own child. When it was stolen a few years later, I used the insurance money to go with Nikon. I bought a 6006 that is now in the hands of another Jenna, a brilliant photographer whom I admire greatly.

I took my photography pretty seriously back in the late 80s and early 90s, winning a few competitions and landing some pretty inspiring shoots around the state. I miss Tracey and Chris, my photog partners in crime. I hope they are both well….

I joined the digital dark side a few years ago, using the school’s Nikon D70s, a great digital SLR camera that goes beyond the glorified point-and-shoot settings and lets you take control of your photography. Shooting with the digital SLRs rekindled my passion for photography. . . .

So: This June, when I get my stipend check, I’m jumping off the digital cliffs and purchasing my own Nikon D300, along with a few high-end lenses. Look for some of those photo shoots to be featured here this summer.

But all that brings me back to shooting video. I don’t know why I’ve never taken that leap…No matter. I am now.

I thank Jenna J, Mike, Kendall, and others for providing the inspiration that I find today to shoot my first short video (am I still allowed to call them short films? Or is that now, um, lame?). After I get the raw footage back home, I’ll learn how to import it into iMovie and see what I can come up with. Whatever I do, I’ll post it both here and on Facebook.

No promises, except for one: I’m sure to have as much fun shooting today as I’ve had with Tracey and Chris so many years ago on our photo shoots.

Enjoy the day everyone, wherever you are!

4 thoughts on “Digital Snow Day: Take one (to come!)

  1. Hey, cool for you. I have to say it here, and I’m sorry. YES! It is weird that you’ve never seen an entire music video!!! Okay, thanks, just had to get that out. 🙂

    It is amazing what free and/or inexpensive access to editing technology has done for the creative expression of so many. You tube and other sites are filled with awe-inspiring creative works and I can see why you would want to jump in and try some yourself. I look forward to seeing what you come up with.


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