First – check out this video from photographer Ami Vitale – which doth rocketh and whom we’ve featured on the CIPB before. Then come back for a short discussion.
If you made it to the end, you saw this entire video was shot on Nikon’s new D300s DSLR. High-definition video is becoming more and more common on still cameras. Nikon features it on their D5000, D90, and the D300s. Canon has it on the T1i, 5D Mk II, and new 7D. In little time it will be in every DSLR sold. Don’t want video in your camera? Well suck it up cause you’re gonna get it.
I was speaking with a buddy tonight about the new 7D and the fact that it has video. He was nonplussed and it was a nonstarter. The funny thing is he and I both spent a number of years working in television in Central Illinois. We both have earned a paycheck shooting video and we’re both somewhat indifferent to the fact that video is becoming prevalent in our still cameras.
But here’s the thing. I’ve been on this duChemin-induced kick about vision and telling compelling stories lately. Damn the technology – it’s the story and executing your vision of it that matters. And one look at Vitale’s video and you realize the combination of video and stills makes for a very compelling storytelling vehicle. And a compelling way to achieve your vision. And even if you don’t know how to – or don’t want to – shoot video, it’s going to become a tool in the gear toolbox. And tools help build the vision.
The next DSLR I get… I’m gonna make sure it has video capabilities and I’m going to use them – even if I’m notplussed today. Because the stories may demand it.
Wanna be inspired a little more. Check out this excellent interview with Ami (done by Steve Casimiro) – she really does have the shizzle. And I seem to recall that’s a good thing.