Did they invent photography just so we could photograph our kids?
Ben sat down on the pneumatic posing stool, turned to the camera and flashed his signature smile. One click and we were done. Seconds later I'd converted the file and sent it to his computer in the house. He walked in and printed out what he needed. It was part of an assignment for school.
I like working with Ben. He's a pro. He's produced about 60 video projects to date and has to direct people himself. He now understands how important it is to get the right look in camera. Before his last assignment for his cinema class at school he came into the studio for a quick discussion about best practices with microphone placement. We popped open a Pelican case and he chose a mic for his project. He selected the Rode Stereo Mic. Then he grabbed a Canon 60D with an 18-55 lens on the front, the "fishing pole" for the microphone and some cabling. As an afterthought he also popped an LED light into his Domke bag (yes, the kid has his own brown Domke bag....).
I was about to tell him which parameters to change in the menu but he gave me one of those looks that says, "Thanks Dad but I had this memorized the first time I used it."
I wanted Ben to be interested in photography but he's not playing along. His focus is film and video. He's a freshman this year but his PSA about diabetes and peer pressure won third place overall in his school and they handed him $250 in prize money. The judges said the production values looked like film. The thing that made me proud is that he turned around and split the money with his crew. When I finally grow up I want to be just like Ben.