I usually don’t shoot video even though my Canon 5D MII shoots great HD video. I have however messed with shooting some of my favorite bluegrass bands, although I usually just “lock it off” and hit record. The audio obviously isn’t the best either, but hey the bands love it and the fans of the bands enjoy reliving the shows.
If you know me on a personal basis you know my family has lost one of our members to a heroin overdose. In response to his death, we have started a website (NKYHateHeroin.Com) that we hope will be a resource of information needed by heroin addicts and their loved ones. The response to our site has been amazing and we have learned a lot and met lots of great people fighting the same fight we have become determined to win.
So what does this mean for BluegrassPhotography.Net? Well I was asked recently to shoot some interviews of family members of those lost to heroin. Which I readily agreed to. I decided to go with a basic background and keep it simple so the message was the most important part of the video, not the effects or style. I did however decide to convert it to black and white, as it’s a very black and white subject, people die from heroin. I was afraid the people I was shooting for wouldn’t care for the black and white, but I felt strongly about it and was willing to push back hard. I didn’t have to fight for the effect because they agreed it was a good choice.
The final video was used for a recent public advocacy meeting and featured on 4 out of the 4 local networks.
If you’d like to share this video for advocacy purposes, drop me an email and I’ll do what I can to get you a DVD or digital copy.