BEND'S VIDEO AND WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS
industry: Videography is a relatively new industry all by itself. Remember years ago without Youtube , Smartphones and generally the power of the web we simply did not pay attention to the common use of cameras. Bend Photographers have gone through the same advancements. Yes the news stations and sporting events used plenty of video but the average consumer really did not care. Nowadays with everybody walking around with a great camera in their pocket, the industry has exploded. How many times have you seen a great shot of some incredible weather captured by a person who would be considered less than an amateur. This “rookie time” event is referred to as the change and chance videographers.
Most smartphones have better technology inside them than a stand-alone camera on a tripod. Bend Oregon photographers use Echo media as a fantastic new process for both novice or professional. We find these impromptu videos produced quickly and easily all throughout southern and central Oregon in towns like Medford, Ashland, Talent and points beyond. Oregon has fantastic beaches up and down their coast to capture fantastic videos and photography either indoors or outdoors. Film production costs have come down dramatically in the past few years. This drop in expense is driven by primarily two factors; like computers the technology has come down in price and the available labor is abundant and very good at what they do.
Music video production is much faster to complete and much easier to achieve in less time. Gone are the huge sets required way back in the MTV days. Frankly, some music videos go from inception to completion in a matter of hours not weeks and months. Photographers here in Bend Oregon use Garages, beaches, old commercial buildings, backyards are quickly transformed into excellent venues for great productions. With all this cheap technology and abundant labor talent just sitting around, the “videographer” is frankly all around us all the time.
A pro in this game once shared with me an interesting comment about editing. He said "editing is the ditch digging of making videos great." Just like real ditch digging it is very important to get it right the first time. Editing can be done by professionals or beginners. This part of producing is best left to the pros, and by the way you definitely get what you pay for.
Hint: if your editing was free it shows.
Photographers can touch society in so many ways that is good. But there is a grim side of the profession. Believe it or not it can be a very dangerous game. Just pull out a camera on a crowded street and look what happens. And I don’t mean your phone camera. Try a tripod just about anywhere. You may well be met with curiosity but often-times aggression. With news staffs, crazy people and just some pros mixed in the public is very easily confused about “intention” of a camera. Even animals can become unruly with their behavior. Here in Oregon fire season can be a great time to get some incredible shots. At the same time a 2300 degree fire on the run can become very dicey in a hurry. I have seen photographers climb precarious tree to get that best angle only to tumble to broken bones and a trip to the hospital. School grounds offers great places to get some precious shot but watch out for the grizzly bear mom stalking the playground. You just might end up with some straps wrapped around your neck. What about the Friday night football game? Careful even if you’re totally neutral the situation can get crazy. Traffic camera work is incredibly dangerous at times. Jeez you may even be contracted for a safety survey and really minding your own business when tragedy strikes. People run through buildings with their vehicles can you imagine an unsuspecting camera guy trying to get that special shot. You gotta love those forestry trips for great pictures. Some surprised brown bear munching on berries becomes a very nasty encounter. How about slipping off a river bank into 47 degree water? Forget the gear your 3 minutes from hypothermia. These are just a few examples of the dangers for photographers and videographers alike. So next time to strap on that camera gear and fill up that tote bag with all your stuff; keep in mind what you might be up against. Hey let’s not forget the fact we do a fair amount of underwater photography. It’s one thing to stick your head in a three foot stream to photo some turtles. It’s a whole different game going down sixty feet to get some incredible footage. The diving alone can get you killed let alone the hungry creatures down there waiting for you. Always keep in mind you are an invader and those critters have all the advantage. Keep safe with your head on a swivel! Photography is the kissing cousin of videography. Wedding Photography is slowly migrating to videos as the impact can be much higher. Why hire just a wedding photographer when you can get video concepts thrown in for the same price.
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No longer do we need Hollywood to produce a great movie. Canada, middle America, small midwestern cities will now get the job done. A long time ago we were accustomed to hearing great music on the radio. Musicians in these current times can put together those exact same sounds and melodies with no band. Same concept now applies to the movie production business. A powerful laptop or desktop with a skilled operator can create incredibly real movies. Possibly the days of elaborate sets with the huge trucks and equipment could soon fade away forever. Skilled students of the film making industry are only limited by their imagination and time constraints. The actual “location” of a movie production is becoming much less important.
Let’s talk about scenery. Bend, Redmond and Sisters just may have the best places to take photos in the entire state of Oregon. Many folks around here do not realize that the rest of the country believes all of Oregon is very wet and rainy. That is true for what we call around here “the valley” i. e. Portland/Eugene does get a huge amount of rain but the central and eastern regions of Oregon are more “Arizona” like. Unless you live here in Sisters, Bend or Redmond you would never know that. Its called the high desert for a reason, just try conveying that from someone in the our “other” forty- nine states.
Photography and videography is fantastic around here with numerous wedding venues very easy to find.