DSLR VIDEO HELPS EMERGING PHOTOGRAPHERS TO STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD
by Alex Murchison, professional instructor and image-maker at the Holland College Photography & Digital Imaging program in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada
During 2007, I began to think about how digital video would impact my program and my graduates. Video had existed as part of Holland College Photography when I took it over in 1994 but I soon dropped it. I found the quality of both stills and video suffered in a two-year program. Now it was back again in the digital era. Could we include it in the already crowded curriculum? Should we include it? Would we again make poor video and weak stills? How could we include it in a meaningful way for the students? Yes, there was Vincent Laforet with the MarkII and a number of other photographers and filmmakers making big impressions with DSLR video but where did we fit? Lots of questions and not a lot of answers that came to mind.