Keeping skills sharp (3 replies and 2 comments)
What do you do outside of shooting to keep your skillsets in terms of composition, lighting, movement, etc, sharp?
Someone as talented as yourself, aside from natural talent, must have a strong work ethic and practice routine to stay on top as you have.
Thank you for your time.
I recently finished a shoot so I can say I am really enjoying not following my work ethic so strongly!
When I was at the NFTS I just shot everything I could. Once I moved into the real world, after some very frustrating months doing nothing, I found myself working pretty constantly on documentaries, music videos and short films. When I started shooting features I had more defined time between shoots and I would take stills, go to exhibitions etc. but I never did 'practice' in the way you might be suggesting. I have always valued my time off even though on many occasions it might have been a little longer than I would have liked. That, I guess, is the nature of being freelance.
No, I had no way to ever test an array of 18Ks before I used that technique. Neither did I ever test a Wendy light, a Brute Arc or a Dino before I used one on a shoot. I had read about the lamps and I looked up the specs and went from there. You have a concept in mind and then its a matter of finding the right tool for the job.