Thursday, I got in a photo shoot with Kevin. I wanted to get some shots of him outside the radio studio, and show him in a comfortable state with his guitar. It was pretty tough to schedule because we both had such busy weeks. It was a definite risk with the Soundslides project due Friday, but sometimes in journalism you don’t have much to work with and you have to make the most of your time.
Luckily, I’ve done Soundslides type projects in the past. I love music, and I would practice making lyrics videos with Windows Movie Maker (I know, worst video production tool ever, but you do what you can with the tools available). Though this project didn’t include lyrics, I knew how to use photos and audio to correlate into video.
Even with this experience under my belt, working at the last minute was a HUGE risk, which I hope not to take too often. What if my camera wasn’t working? What if I couldn’t get sufficient audio? What if something came up and Kevin was unable to work with me? What if my computer was down, or there was a technological issue? Anything could have happened, but I was lucky and I put everything together in a way I was proud of in the end.
Kevin did play lots of guitar while we were together, but he doesn’t have much of his own material. He has told me that basically every song he loves and plays on his radio show, he can play on the guitar. He even says it almost ruins it because if he’s playing and he misses a note, it bothers him too much because he knows how the song is supposed to sound. I wish he had more of his own material, especially because I can only use so much guitar audio in my projects. If the music is by someone else, I can’t play it for more than 10 seconds. I think this will definitely challenge me to go out and get better ambient that really represents Kevin, outside of guitar playing.
I am pretty nervous about working with Kevin with a video camera. I know he has a lot to say, and he’s a good interviewee, but I have problems with video cameras. I love photos, and I would even consider doing photojournalism, especially after working with the NIkon D7000. I love that camera. I wish I could keep it.
Audio isn’t that bad, especially because you don’t have to find a scene, you just have to listen to the world around you and press record.
Video, on the other hand, is like putting everything together. I am very apprehensive about getting good sound, good video quality, and solid interviews for this short video assignment. I will definitely do my best, but I wish I could just keep that D7000 in my hands for the duration of the year.
I am extremely proud of the above photo. This was the only genuine emotion I got from Kevin the entire time I shot with him. I wanted to do some posed portraits for the audio slideshow, and I would ask Kevin to smile, and he just looked too stiff or too goofy. He couldn’t give me a straight smile! While we were on this bridge, my roommate Kara, a mutual friend of both Kevin and I, came by. They were joking around for a second, and Kevin instantly lightened up. He smiled and genuinely laughed with his guitar in his hands, and I had to shoot it. I’m glad Kara was the key to helping him lighten up and not be so shy around the camera. Most of the great shots I get of Kevin are when he is not paying attention, and I don’t think he sees how photogenic he can be. I definitely try to catch him off guard and down to earth so he can see how good his photos turn out.
This last picture (above) I had to add because I just think it is so funny. While trying to get interesting portraits of Kevin, I put his guitar on this window sill outside, and he stood next to it while I shot him. Taking the pictures was fine, but when I uploaded them, they looked like Senior Portraits that kids give out after graduation. It was almost too posed. I think they are nice shots, but I didn’t realize how cheesy they were until later. I’m glad Kevin worked with me and tried to go along with my creativity, but I know in the future not to make shots too posed because they may come out looking like this. I still like the shots and am proud of them, but I doubt I will do a scene like this again, unless the time and place calls for it. What can I say, you live and you learn.