Thursday, January 14, 2010

Kevin Cooley's Scrounged Light



Redux Pictures has begun dropping in some of the individual photographer promo videos that have been in the works for the last few months.

These are great viewing, on several levels. First, props to Redux for taking the initiative to brand its individual photographers so effectively. For a boutique agency, they sure are making sophisticated use of the web. The video series is the latest iteration of a spot-on social media presence.

Second, why doesn't every photographer have a promo video like this? It says so much more about a photographer than does a slideshow on a portfolio page.

Lastly, Kevin Cooley surprised me with several ways of using/exploiting light in the video above. To great end, too.

Redux is doling the videos out one at a time on their excellent blog, but you could blow a good hour viewing them in advance on their Vimeo page. Just sayin'.

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20 Comments:

Blogger David Getsfrid said...

Kevin's Flare work is genius. One of those things you see and instantly wish you had thought of.

Definitely doing one of these videos for myself in the next month or so. Can only hope every other photographer in the area doesn't have the same idea after seeing this post :)

-David Getsfrid
-http://studiodgphoto.com

January 14, 2010 12:32 AM  
Blogger Phat Baby Photographer said...

I was going to do something similar but have a fun video of a photo shoot so clients can see the process as well as the final product on my home page.... it'll take a bit though since it's part of a holistic site redesign. Love to see what other people think...

January 14, 2010 2:05 AM  
Blogger Jorge said...

Those photographers are amazing leading me to spend more than an hour trying to figure out the lighting in the photos. Thanks David!!!!

I gotta sleep now

January 14, 2010 3:09 AM  
Blogger Pablo said...

Thank you David. I found these videos very interesting. I really enjoy the different points of view on photography of these guys.

Regards from London.

January 14, 2010 6:48 AM  
Blogger FM said...

Thanks for the link to Kevin Cooley's website. What wonderful work! Inspiring really.

January 14, 2010 7:53 AM  
Blogger David said...

I wish I'd thought of everything about this :P

January 14, 2010 8:31 AM  
Blogger Max said...

Sick video. Awesome photog. Vimeo has always been choppy for me.

January 14, 2010 3:35 PM  
Blogger jamesd3rd said...

Very cool. I may have to spend some time driving around L.A. and surrounding areas looking for unusual lighting.

January 14, 2010 3:46 PM  
Blogger Ryan Pump said...

This guy is great, what an inspiring video. Appreciate the post!

January 14, 2010 4:56 PM  
Blogger Ryan S. said...

Love these! I'm getting bored of technique and how to's on the internet. I know my f/stops...I like getting into the minds of the photographers much better. Great job, Redux.

January 14, 2010 5:34 PM  
Blogger Spencer said...

Dude, you mini Slashdotted him! Awesome. 116,000% boost in views compared to his past week's daily average.

I love his work - thanks for sharing both the concept and his execution of said concept.

January 14, 2010 10:22 PM  
Blogger Scott said...

That's a cool idea. I've never thought of doing a promo video like that but we did recently do a behind the scenes video of a shoot I did in a swamp: http://tinyurl.com/yaxuhtv

-Scott

January 15, 2010 10:08 AM  
Blogger Darien Chin said...

Very cool. I enjoyed watching this, and I enjoyed his images. Sometimes I feel like there is a battle inside me, with one side wanting to shoot places and landscapes and the other wanting to shoot people. This video made me feel like there can be a good balance, which is something I'm always striving for.

January 15, 2010 6:08 PM  
Blogger Jason Ryman Photography said...

Wow! Great find! I watched all of the Redux videos. Good inspiration.

January 16, 2010 1:12 PM  
Blogger Framed Photography said...

Great video. I need to do more personal work as well.

January 16, 2010 4:30 PM  
Blogger Steve G. said...

Off-topic comment:

Just got an email from amazon about this light. Not cheap, but definite creative possibilities if you have a studio.

http://www.amazon.com/Philips-818566-LivingColors-Translucent-Changing/dp/B002NGNU88/ref=combo_pack_i_1

January 16, 2010 11:02 PM  
Blogger Admin said...

The Power of Strobist: Cooley now has 17,000 views (as of 15 Jan 10) while all his compatriots from Redux (deserving though they may be) have less than 2000 views. Go, Strobist!

January 16, 2010 11:43 PM  
Blogger Craig said...

Thanks David, I've spent the last hours spellbound to the PC watching all these great photographers have honest conversations about their work, its enlightening and inspiring! A great find!

January 17, 2010 8:47 AM  
Blogger marc said...

Great set of videos on that vimeo page David! Great resource on a variety of different photographers...

January 18, 2010 6:35 PM  
Blogger sean said...

Great idea! It inspired me to put together a video profiling my girlfriend, who's a artist/illustrator. We shot it in the early afternoon, and I was finished with the final cut a few hours later. Here's the link if you want to check it out...

http://www.vimeo.com/8833200

January 19, 2010 11:19 AM  

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