Though he may have achieved the kind of success most videographers dream of, Philip Bloom is still always working hard to improve. He tells us more in the second of our interviews
Skills come so much more naturally when you really want to learn them. Compare the time you spent taking photos and videos to the time you spent in geography lessons at school — which one stuck with you better?
That’s why, for Philip Bloom, if you want to learn how to shoot video well you really have to be going into it for the right reasons. Someone who is ‘grumpily, begrudgingly’ learning how to shoot video, solely because they feel they need it for their skill portfolio, is probably not approaching it in the right way.
As you’ll see from our video interview above, Philip has always had a hunger for new skills. When he started at Sky in a decidedly old-school camera department, he was one of the very few people who put himself forward for editing training, and this resulted in his next big break.
As Philip says, photographers already have many of the skills they need for video. They’ve already got a handle on composition, they already understand the principles of operating a camera. What’s next is learning movement, and sound, and all the rest of the additional elements that go into video.
What you need is not only to want to do it, but also to be patient. It took Philip four years before he was shooting the stuff he wanted to shoot even some of the time, and even now he still shoots stuff he doesn’t have too much of an interest in. As he says, it’s called paying the bills.
‘I don’t think I’ve reached a point in my career where my best work is behind me, thank god . . . because I think that I have that right attitude of wanting to be better in every job I do’ – Philip Bloom
Watch our video interview with Philip above, and keep an eye out for part three, which will be coming soon. To catch up with part one, head here.