Technology keeps bringing new creative tools to photographers, giving artists new, easier and better ways to express themselves. Working together with Photodex, we've put together a fun little contest to recognize photographers combining still images and video in their own self-promotional presentations.
My good friend, Amanda, at Photodex is quoted in a press release this morning:
"We're kicking off our efforts with a focus on self-promotional videos. While the technology of combining video and photography itself isn't new, thanks to so many manufacturers, it's easy than ever to do and becomes one of the best ways for professional photographers to tell their own story by creating a self-promotional video."
Here's a mini-example of my own self-promotional piece. I'm sharing it, not to suggest I'm a shooter, but to give you one idea of the approach I took with my own images.
On February 23, Panasonic asked me to be the emcee at their annual LUMIX Dealer Meeting. As an introduction to my love for imaging and to share my experiences shooting with a GH3 for the last year, I pulled some of my favorite video clips and still images and put them into a two minute piece using ProShow Web Premium.
I shared this clip here in my blog shortly after the meeting in Luminary Corner, but wanted to show it again, because it shows so many different enhancements, thanks to Photodex.
This first contest for 2015 is all about self-promotional videos. The contest submission period is March 1 - May 1, 2015 with the grand prize winner to be announced on May 30, 2015. All entries must include a combination of still images and video.
Here's your chance for some great recognition, along with one of the biggest grand prizes we've put together yet!
You'll find more information on the Photodex site at the Ultimate Story link below, but here's the real point we want to have fun with.
We want to recognize your skill set in telling your own story. Technology has given you the tools to take self-promotional information to a new level. A solid self-promotional video, showing examples of your work, you in action with a client or some of your most spectacular images is a great way to share a little of that special passion that's made you an artist.
It's a great addition to your website, blog, "About" section or as a stand alone promotional piece to share when talking with a client or just promoting your work in the community. We've done three contests previously and couldn't be more excited about this new launch of contest number four.
A big thanks to our partners, judges and so many of you who keep pushing the edge of the creative envelope, taking imaging to new heights!
Check out "Why?" one of the most popular features on the SCU Blog. It's a very simple concept - one image, one artist and one short sound bite. Each artist shares what makes the image one of their most favorite. We're over 100 artists featured since the project started. Click on the link above and you can scroll through all of the episodes to date.