Difference Between Photography & Videography
When I think about kind of the differences between photography and video I think about it in this way. I think of photography as kind of being in a vice. You've got the four frames of your image, and those are kind of in this vice where it's being compressed. And this is a good thing, photography requires this. You've got a very small amount of time, you've got one image, and you've got these four frames that are kind of finite. So it's about compressing those four corners of the frame until everything is in there, as many layers as possible in your image, the kind of right light, the right amount of information, the right sense of ambiguity if it needs to be there, but everything is tight, tight, tight. And a lot of the photographic training is about squeezing this stuff into that frame in a very good way. Video is kind of about taking those four corners and starting to stretch them out a little bit, and it's about kind of not being as perfect. In video, it's about kind of starting fr...
om a little bit of a place of imperfection, moving into the spot where everything kind of works together for some kind of magical moment, and then kind of gets out of there. And that if it's only about this tight, tight compression, it's perfect here, it's perfect here, it's perfect here, you don't quite have this sense of flow. So, for me, video has really been about kind of taking this idea, and expanding it out, and thinking about it's not just what's in the frame, it's about a little bit of what's beyond the frame. In the same way that photography can sometimes, you know, have this evocative sense where you kind of want to understand what's beyond the frame, or understand what someone's looking at, in video it allows you to kind of think beyond the walls and the corners of this thing. That you might move your camera, so you might eventually pan over to something that in the moment you're not seeing, but also, that even if your camera is totally still, which is a lot of how beginners start, and it's definitely how I started, even if your camera is totally still there's things kind of moving in and out of your frame. So it's not compressed and tight in the same way, it's about kind of allowing it to breathe a little bit. And that takes a little getting used to, and is also really liberating. These two things will really help, you know, inform one another. Yeah.
How does videography differ from filmography, or is there a difference?
For me, I'm really using these things interchangeably. Like cinematography, filmography, videography, you know, I'm using them all interchangeably. Obviously, people can shoot to actual film, you know, there are cameras where you can still shoot on film stock, I'm talking about digital videography. But, you know, for me this is all just about the language of cinema.
Step one is really that you've got to press the record button. The way that I first started, you know, I just said earlier on that it's not about someone asking you to do it, it's about you going out and doing it yourself, which I believe in. It's not totally true, the first thing that I ever did was that I had shot some stills for the Musician Moby, and based on that work, and based on some of my previous work, he asked if I would make a music video for an upcoming album. And I didn't know how to make a music video, or I didn't know how to do any video, but you just don't say no to things, you just say yes. So the very, very first step, and the very first thing I ever did was I just went out and pressed that, you know, that red button, or whatever color it is on your camera, and out of that made a ton of mistakes. And, obviously, didn't know some of things that I was doing, and there were some technical problems, and there were some storytelling problems, but also, that very first step of just doing it is like the most important step, and just going out and shooting. Actually, the very first thing I shot for him I did as like study footage. The idea was that I was going to, I wanted to just shoot something that I already knew very well. It was someone who I had been photographing for a few years, so I went out and shot video of her because I wanted to study it, and then hire someone else to kind of stand in for her, and use what I learned by that very first time to then apply it to something I can do better. In the end I actually used that very first material, that like very first, first time pressing record, first time allowing the, you know, material to just build up in my camera. That's the stuff that I ended up using. And I still think that there were lots of lessons that I learned and continue to use that I learned because I just didn't know better. And there is something about doing it, figuring out what those things are, and just using some of that in your toolkit, rather than always kind of studying first, and then going out and executing. Sometimes you have to execute to know the things that you like and know how to do.