I want to get this out of the way first: Growing older is for the birds.
Let me explain this inevitability: I’m now firmly in my 50’s and those two things I use to do what I do — my eyes — aren’t what they use to be. Even with corrective lenses — shooting video has become painfully more difficult with maintaining focus on my subjects that are not stationary. This became readily apparent this past weekend shooting what I call hand held video portraits — shooting footage of a subject looking at the camera but hand holding the camera instead of putting on a tripod.
Even with focus peaking and such, I could not maintain accurate focus on the subjects eyes. The footage I shot was soft, slightly out of focus and mushy — a total bust.Continue reading
The deeply troubling news of National Geographic magazine being sold to climate denier Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox Corporation yesterday is a reminder that we live in very strange, even depressing, times.
I turned 53 in July and for the past 3+ months have been struggling with what might be termed a mid-life career crisis. Speaking with good friend and mentor @viewmagazine recently, I’ve come to one of those many epiphanies as one gets older regarding what I’ve done in the past and what I’m doing presently.
The idea of shooting visual content only is an outdated paradigm — one that you can either fight — and perish, or adapt and try to survive.