It has been thought about long enough. Some ideas pop out and before you know it your in it. I’m glad to say Infocus247 and Bluetreasurephotography is now offering classes teaching basic videography and photography techniques to capture an image and tell a story. There are times where some concepts and buttons may be hard to grasp. With hands on in the field practice we can help you gain a better understanding on how to capture the shot you are looking for. We completed our first group class over the weekend in Houston.
Here’s an example of a student learning the technique of rack focusing.
The class/session is 2 hours long with 2 teachers at 100.00
What will you require. – A camera ( No iPhones… that’s a different class)
We provide a print out overview of the basics we will be covering.Shutter speed, F – Stop, white balance and ISO
A PDF file for the videography half that details shot structure, being prepared and techniques for cinematic shots.
Go to Infocus247.com/workshop for more info . Use the contact form below to reach out
The Goddess Glo Up … this time it took place in Washington and I will be calculating uber and lyft rates for future references. On the train to the event I fell asleep and had a dream of the event. I was doing camera moves and everything so when I woke up it felt like I already did it. Either way I knew the 9 hours would go by in a second. The energy was on point as always! I think the highlight of this one for me was a moment when a lady stepped into the dance circle with tears but it turned to smiles once the love kicked in! The visual transformation speaks for itself! Shoutout to Reign for tossing me the Tourmaline! I forgot mine at home and now I have a new piece that I really like. California may be up next! I’ll try to coordinate a Hawaii trip around the same time! Time to start planning!
It’s easy to talk about the art, the passion, and even the hardships but what about the money?
Some DPs get into making movies expecting zero fame, recognition, or financial gain. However, those who decide to make their passion a career definitely expect to get paid for their work. But how much can a cinematographer expect?
Workman describes four tiers or levels of production: solo, indie, industry, and high-end. Solo DPs will get paid $0 to about $500/day for a project, while a DP who doesn’t work with a production studio may make up to $1,500/day for their work on, say, a music video. Once you get into the industry and work for a production company that has a consistent flow of projects, DPs could be looking at making about $3,500/day. Finally, if you’re one of the lucky (and very, very talented) few who actually reach the high-end level of production and work on Hollywood movies and huge projects (i.e. the Super Bowl or the Olympics), Workman says you can make upwards of $20,000/day for your work.
Clearly, there is going to be a lot of variation depending on a wide array of factors such as location, type of work, and experience level. If you live in larger cities and/or film industry hubs, like LA or New York, you can expect to earn more than a DP working in Pie Town, New Mexico.
If you want to make cinematography your career, the best thing you can do is get some money, buy some equipment, and start putting yourself out there. Work for free if you have to (you will have to). Start getting some experience under your belt so you’re ready when your next opportunity comes knocking.
This brings me to the next subject …. What is the difference between a videographer and cinematographer?
Historically, cinema meant film and video meant video
The term “videographer” came into common vernacular as a way to describe an individual who works in videography or video production, as opposed to film production. This means that a cinematographer works with film stock and a videographer works with video. However, the line that distinguishes videography from cinematography has blurred with the advent of digital cinema. Since many (possibly most) major motion picture cinematographers have made the transition to digital cameras, does that make them videographers? Not exactly.
To be a cinematographer is to be part of a large crew
A cinematographer, also referred to as the director of photography (or DP), is the individual in charge of the camera and lighting crews on a movie or other production. It is the responsibility of the cinematographer to realize the vision of the director by making technical and artistic decisions in regards to lens choice, exposure, lighting, composition, filters, camera movement, color-grading and more. To put it simply, the cinematographer is the person accountable for a film’s cinematography, the art and science of motion picture photography. Every decision the cinematographer makes must also service the director and the story. On a large production, it is unlikely that the cinematographer operate the camera. That’s usually the job of the camera operator, who works under the cinematographer
Why are videographers calling themselves cinematographers?
If the distinction between cinematographers and videographers is fairly clear, why all the confusion? Since the defining lines have blurred with the advent of digital cinema, videographers have taken the opportunity to either use these titles interchangeably or create a false hierarchy. Another major contributor has been the popularity of DSLR video cameras, which create a more film-like, cinematic image. This, in combination with the public’s perception of videographers, have led many companies and freelancers to differentiate by categorizing themselves as cinematographers rather than videographers.
A cinematographer is NOT better than a videographer
Professionals differentiating themselves by use of DSLR videography are aiming to create a false hierarchy between a videographer and a cinematographer. As just explained, when a video professional defines themselves as a cinematographer or their work as cinematography, it more-than-likely means they’re using a DSLR, nothing more. They’ll tell you that a cinematographer creates art, while a videographer simply records an event. They’ll tell you that a cinematographer captures a feeling, not just a moment; or that videography isn’t creative and doesn’t involve storytelling technique. This is all nonsense.
A videographer is just as focused on all the qualities that make compelling video. Having a camcorder vs. a DLSR doesn’t make one a lesser professional. Sure, DSLRs have made way for more cinematic imagery, but the qualities that make a great videographer have little to do with equipment. When shopping for video professionals, don’t let cinematography weigh heavily on your decision. More than anything else, cinematography simply a marketing term.
This event is sold out but the next will be happening this year as well. Follow the GoddessGloUp on Instagram to stay updated.
Infocus247 will be offering a portrait photography special. 90 minutes / 175.00 You will receive all photos! We offer this package once a year! Put down your deposit and book your time! Send us an email at Infocus247@gmail.com or if you would like a direct connection call at 404.702.5173
BlackMomsBlog put together an event for all the moms that need to take a break and get some time for themselves. From live music to mimosa’s, manis and pedis. The women enjoyed themselves and shared the day as well as goals and aspirations with each other! The location was IwiFresh and the all natural spa services they offer are one of a kind!
Houston’s newest boutique music festival, freshDark, has taken over and occupied the minds and hearts of this great city’s music enthusiasts for it’s third annual. freshDark aims to create an imaginative and inspiring environment that seeks to expose and foster an appreciation for many emerging artists, ranging from Electronica, Funk, Acid Jazz, Broken Beat, Soul, Reggae, Hip-Hop—future sounds generated in an organic fashion.
Curators of freshDark have worked tirelessly to bring the most adventurous artists, initiating an annual festival with the hope to bring together a coalition of local and international artist who specialize in pushing sonic terrain that has yet to be discovered.
December 9th – 10th @ Last Concert Cafe Go to Facebook to get more details