Dutch Doscher on The Future of Mobile Photography & Video
Burn in the Day by Dutch Doscher
Dutch Doscher on The Future of Mobile Photography & Video by Jen PB and BP
J: Jen P B, BP: Brad Puet, D: Dutch Doscher
BP: Tell us about yourself. Your work life, your family life, artist influences in your family and who and what they are…whatever you feel comfortable in sharing.
D: The principal influence in my life was my mother who gave me my first camera and called all lenses “beautiful.” My mother would take the long way home, because the “drive was more beautiful.”
Ultimately I try to snap how I was feeling about the image I was capturing at the time and my mood.
I find that when I’m not getting good pictures, I’m not connecting to the location or my mood. I always wonder at the time, are there tons of beautiful things happening around me and I’m not seeing them?
Lighthouse Contemplation by Dutch Doscher
BP: Where are you from? W
D: I’m from the East Coast, New England area. The cape and Islands are a huge influence in my life. To this day when I’m out on Marthas Vineyard I still get up super early as the sun is rising.
BP: How does your answers above influence your work in mobile photography and mobile arts?
D: I’m not a patient photographer, whenever I stop for an extended amount of time I get the feeling I’m missing something better somewhere else.
Dock by Dutch Doscher
BP: Who are your main draws for inspirations in art in general – fine art, music etc? Do you have 1-2 photographs or other visuals that you feel are main source/s of inspiration in your work currently?
D: All kinds of Music and great literature. At least once a year I head into MOMA for inspiration and last year’s LACMA Kubrick exhibit was stunning. The one thing about Kubrick, He was detailed and I can only try to be that way in my work.
I try to force what I see in my head into the digital space and when it works, I get a personal thrill. I’ve been trying to be more fluid and open to my world. Shooting with Sion Fullana, Anton Kawaski, Roger Clay and Travis Jensen have been eye opening
Man on mobile by Dutch Doscher
BP: When did you start in mobile photography/mobile artistry? Do you have your first shot and would you share?
D: I bought the iPhone 3G in 2009 and the first mobile shots I saw were by Mark Romanek, I started posting on twitter and connecting with people there.
Platform kiss by Dutch Doscher
2nd set of questions: Let’s Talk about Moving Pictures
J: Your professional background is directing film, television and music videos. Can you explain how shooting video differs from shooting stills on a mobile device?
D: Shooting video on a mobile device is no different than shooting with any other professional video/film camera, the attention to detail and lighting are as important if not more important.
Demo by Dutch Doscher
J: Can you give mobile shooters a few pointers on shooting video?
D: Put the camera in places and have it move in ways that feel smooth, vs the herky jerky feeling so much of mobile is, Color correct your video, don’t just post it. Use the wide fixed lens to your advantage, don’t try too many close ups.
I love using the olloclip too, it gives options for lenses, I haven’t used the new telephoto lens yet for video, but will soon.
Cap by Dutch Doscher
J: What are favorite apps for mobile video workflow? (I.e. what is the video equivalent to Snapseed)
D: My workflow is to shoot with Filmic Pro and then do a very rough edit on iMovie for the iPhone. Dropbox the project into iMovie desktop for fine editing, color correct and sound mix,
Filmic Pro and SloPro do a great job at capturing images and CinemaFXV has some nice video filters. Editing in Real Director or iMovie.
Fishermans Wharf by Dutch Doscher
J: Do you think mobile technology will become indispensable and/or a game changer to film & video makers in the future? Why or why not?
D: Completely indispensable. If brands and corporations aren’t using video either in house or promoting themselves, they are making a huge mistake.
J: Who do you think is using mobile video technology in an exciting or interesting way?
D: I’ve been a part of a three different branding projects that are really exciting, but I can’t talk about them because of non disclosures for all the projects. Big brands are really trying to figure out the way to use mobile technology. There is one project that if it gets funded, will change the way the brands look at the internet.
Washashoree by Dutch Doscher
J: What is your mobile guilty pleasure? [Is there an app you use just to unwind or to play with your kids, or just something silly you don't present as part of your work that you think is cool]?
D: DAMN YOU CANDYCRUSH! Made by sadists, played by masochists and I’ll buy anything made by Moonbot studios. Their storytelling and presentation is brilliant.
J: What do you think of short video platforms like Vine & Instagram Video?
D: Now that Instagram allows you to import video, you will get 2 kinds of video from Brands. Standard commercials and some real creative uses of 15 seconds. I hope the creativity takes over, because a commercialized photo stream will drive people away. The challenge is to create something that people will come back for. To see what happens next.
On Vine, the people who can work in 6 seconds and work in a repetitive burst amaze me.
Cabana by Dutch Doscher
J: If you could travel in time to any historical event and document it with your iPhone (shooting stills and/or video) without any consequences to the time/space continuum– what would it be and how would you shoot it?
D: We need a shot of Jesus to prove he wasn’t white and I would hope that would change the way races and people treat each other.
A Ride Home by Dutch Doscher