St. Peter's by-the-Sea Dinner Dance @ The Dunes

St. Peter’s by-the-Sea is an Episcopal Church in Narragansett, Rhode Island. This is their 150th year and they are celebrating. We attended the event and took some pictures for them. It was a lot of fun.

If you have an event that needs unique and personal images, give a shout.

Manny Morris: Knife Maker

Manny Morris is a Rhode Island based knife maker. He works in his basement and is teaching himself the craft of creating knives. We’re interested in his work and passion.

Sweet Cakes: 401 Makers

Sweet Cakes Bakery is located in Wakefield, Rhode Island and has been a go-to bakery for cakes, coffee, and morning treats. We joined the baker as her shift began at 4am on a Saturday morning. Here are some still from the video shoot. This is part of our 401 Makers portfolio.

Five Things to Remember When Creating Your Own Videos

Using Video to tell your story.

This class will teach you how to effectively and simply use video to promote your business, tell a story, or share your interests with a larger audience. Whatever the reason, video can be a powerful tool to communicate your ideas. Here are a five things to keep in mind when creating your visual message.

  1. Know your limitations.

    1. Amazing work has been made with the most primitive of tools in the right hands. The secret is using the tools you have effectively within the technical limitations of your equipment.

    2. While most cameras in smartphones have tremendous capabilities, they shouldn’t be confused with professional video equipment. For most of the work you’re going to do, smartphone cameras will more than suffice.

    3. Make sure your equipment can handle your vision or change your vision to meet the limitations of your equipment.

  2. Have an idea that you can accomplish.

    1. Most good things are simple and sustainable. Start your video campaign with simple visual sentences that can be built into concise paragraphs.

    2. If you want to promote a new product or service, break it down into parts.

Example: Mom’s Kitchen Cafe, a popular breakfast/lunch restaurant, is expanding their menu to include dinner. They want to make a video for facebook that telling people about the new menu. While the temptation would be to show every new menu item in one three minute video, with the owner and chef explaining every dish in excruciating detail.

Instead: Make a series of six 30 second videos showing the preparation of the favorite dishes. Show the steak frite being grilled, the fries being cut, the finished presentation. Keep it simple.

  3. Do something simple and sustainable.

The term “Walk before you fly” will help you from falling into the trap of overcomplicating things and stopping all production. You don’t need to say everything you want to say in one video. Leave your audience wanting more. Also, if you leave something undone, it creates a good starting point for the next installment.

4. Have a productions schedule and keep it.

A regular installment of something is better than irregular installments of nothing. Make peace with the fact that you’ll never be completely satisfied with everything you create. Just make another and learn to forgive yourself.

5. Have fun.

There is no point in doing something like this if it’s not fun. Furthermore, if you’re having fun, you’re audience will pick up on it. People like being around people who are enjoying themselves. The best marketing plan you have is the one you want to do.

6. Just start.

Your first ten pieces are not going to be very good, make them anyway. Starting is the hardest, most frightening part of any new adventure. Once you start, you’re on the way.

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Teaching a Tintype Workshop

I was in a darkroom teaching a tintype/wet plate collodion workshop at the New England School of Photography. I’ve been teaching at the NESOP for about twenty years and it never gets old.

Teaching tintype is the epitome of “slow photography” and that is important. Students left with under ten finished plates each and that was a successful weekend. In a fun twist, when wet plate collodion and was the “latest and greatest” technology of the day (1860’s), it was the fastest process being used.

Why teach (or take) this workshop?

  • It’s good to slow down.

  • Learning the history of a medium builds a deeper understanding of its present iteration.

  • The sound of running water in a darkroom is peaceful.

  • It’s fun.

I often think of the classes I teach as “play-dates” for adults. While they can inspire larger bodies of work, most of the time, it’s just a fun weekend of trying something new.

The most successful students are the ones who just have fun splashing around, asking questions, and making stuff for a few days.

I always leave these weekends a little tired but energized. The curiosity of the students is contagious and delightful. While I know more about the mechanics of the process I’m teaching (I hope), I’m still learning how to teach it effectively. That journey never really ends. For that, I’m grateful.

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Getting out of our own way | Video Blog 1

Being on video is hard, and it's easy to be discouraged and just push stuff off to the side. 

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly
— C.K. Chesterson

Behold, we have overcome the ... stigma ... of releasing a less than perfect product out into the world. If you wait until it's perfect, but you never do it, was it really worth it? Hopefully this is a thing that we try to release twice a week, just talking about things we find interesting.

Uploaded by Oyster Farm Productions on 2017-08-22.