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Still photography to cinematography (1 reply and 4 comments)

Kalejf
3 months ago
Kalejf 3 months ago

Hey everyone. I’m new to the forum but a long time fan of Rogers work and cinematography. I’m a stills photographer living and working between NYC and LA. Curious as to anyone else’s approach to moving from solely stills work to cinematography. You can see my stills work at http://www.kalejf.com»

Mike
3 months ago
Mike 3 months ago

Hello Kalejf,

Welcome to the forum, pleased you were able to join us.

Stunning photos, I do like your lighting and choice of poses, really good in my opinion. What camera and lenses were you using?

These are memorable photos, cannot see why you want to switch to Cinematography.

Kalejf
3 months ago

Thanks Mike, appreciate the kind words. I shoot most work on Pentax 645Z with some old Pentax glass 45mm f2.8, 65mm f2.8 and a 110mm f4, and 35mm and 120 film as well. I guess I should have been clearer I’m more looking to add cinematography to my skills, for clients and magazine work. I just bought a little Z Cam M4 with a variety of lenses to get started. Trying to basically shoot video with the same aesthetic and light as my photo work. Just wondering if assisting is the best route in the current climate of film and TV.

Mike
3 months ago

Not sure where you are but there are not that many opportunities around but if you are offered a position to assist then grab it as you may not get another chance again for some time. It all depends on your finances and your Domestic commitments, you may have to drop down to a lower income if you are going to assist, you also have to take in consideration that there are many experienced TV/Film people who are desperately trying to get back into full time employment, you may have to knock on many doors before some kind soul will let you in. In the mean time, start using your
Z Cam, perhaps make a few shorts and build up your resume. Somebody may want to see your video work, this could influence them in making a decision in your favour. You never know!

In the mean time, keep those camera‘s running and make more stunning photos. The larger your portfolio, the quicker you will get commissions. You have an unusual style to your work so capitalise on it, I was impressed so other people will be to.

Kalejf
3 months ago

Thanks Mike, I’ve been getting my stills clients to add some smaller video components to the jobs and I’m just trying to build a small portfolio. I’m currently in New York but I’m moving to LA in October, and fortunately I know a couple DPs that are working and I’m hoping to 2nd or whatever I can get. Luckily my stills work keeps me busy so I’m not financially dependent on assisting it’s more a matter of getting experience on set and learning. I’ve done all my prerequisites to work in the industry but I totally understand a lot of people are trying to get back to regular work and it’s going to be tough, but I’m not one to back down. Hopefully in the next 6 months I’ll get together a small portfolio and see how things go ! Appreciate the feedback and encouragement. !

Mike
3 months ago

I see you’ve got your head screwed on the right way, so just go for it, you will do fine, I am sure of that.

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