Three years ago, professional photographer John Wright made the jump to becoming a videographer and has never looked back. In our interview he talks about how these two worlds have collided
Many stills photographers do remain sniffy about video, preferring to fiercely maintain the divide between the still image and the moving one as though they were completely unconnected pursuits.
However, like it or not, stills and video are converging, with more and more cameras capable not just of capturing both, but of excelling at it. Panasonic’s 4K equipped CSCs and the phenomenally popular Canon 5D DSLRs are most prominently bridging the gap between the two.
Indeed, the 4K Photo Modes on Panasonic models, which extract 8MP stills as “photographs” from continuous 4K footage, bring up questions as to what exactly constitutes the act of taking a photograph any more.
It was with questions and issues like these in our minds that we sat down to talk with professional videographer and photographer John Wright. Though in truth calling him by those two titles is innacurate, as he insists that, really, it’s all one and the same.
Click the video above to watch our interview with John and see whether you agree with him. It’s interesting stuff, no question, and emphasises just what an exciting time it is to be an amateur videographer at the moment.
Just as once being a digital photographer was considered a niche and now is ubiquitous, John believes that in a few years’ time asking a professional photographer whether they shoot video will be almost as redundant as asking whether they use a camera.
John made the “move” from stills to video, such as it was, three years ago, and since has never looked back.
‘This is what this photographer is now,’ he says. ‘I make images, and now in the 21st century, they move as well as stay still.’
You can find out more about John and his work over at his website: johnwrightphoto.com. If you’re feeling inspired to get filmmaking, remember that you’ve still got time to enter our Amateur Filmmaker of the Year competition. Details here.