For a long time now I've been thinking I should learn to video. Like so many things, it's always on the list of things I ought to do, yet there always seem to be obstacles in my path, either real or imagined which prevent me from taking the necessary steps. Moving images require a whole new set of skills to learn, and that means investing time (and money) in learning them. In itself that's not a problem, but combined with the inevitable demands on kit investment and the difficulties in balancing the existing work/life/money situation, it's always something that seems to get pushed onto the back burner and I promise myself that I'll do it one day.
While the pressures of finding the time and money to invest in developing the necessary skillset are still very real and present, I recently found myself pushed in to a situation where I had to jump in and either sink or swim!
My brother Chris, a very talented musician/songwriter/producer called me up a couple of months ago asking if I knew anyone who could do some filming for him for a short promotional video he wanted to put together of his band, Da Lata. He'd been let down and needed someone at short notice to step in and do some filming. Not knowing anyone who'd be able to fill in with only two hours notice I decided to bite the bullet and offered to do it myself. I figured that as a photographer I already have an idea of framing and composition and with a rudimentary understanding of the basics of shooting video on my Nikon D800 I figured I'd be able to provide an acceptable service which could be edited to create a reasonable video.
So here it is, with thanks to the talented Tian Xu for editing.