Though typically not much of a video watching guy – I’ve picked up a few lately. Much of this is catalyzed by the fact that not many of these great instructors land in the Pacific Northwest with great frequency – and when the do – it’s been pretty difficult for me to free up my schedule to make the trip up to Portland. So – I ordered a copy of Jeremy Cowart’s Lifefinder DVD – and it landed in my mailbox the week between Christmas and the New Year.
There’s about 4 hours of video between the two DVD’s in the box. The first DVD has a lot of odds and ends on it – ranging from Jeremy’s raw workflow to a bit on “projects of purpose” to an interview with Zack Arias.
On the first DVD – I really liked the his segments on “Projects of Purpose” and “Tour / Travel Photography”.
The second DVD is worth the price of admission. It covers 9 shoots where you get the chance to watch Cowart in action. Of most value to me was listening to his attention to detail on model placement within the scene (walls, textures, subtle buildings in the background) and his conversations with the models.
If Jeremy is not yet on your radar – check out his website – I think you’ll dig his work. He’s definitely a talented photographer – and it’s great to get this chance to look over his shoulder.
And if you’re looking to work on your people photography (especially out of the studio) – just jump straight to the second DVD.
If I had one request – (and this is definitely not a “must”) it would be to put two copies of the video on the DVD – one to play on your PC – and one that could be copied to your portable electronic device of choice. Kelby does this with his lighting books – and it has allowed me to watch or review the video without always having to be sitting at my desk.
Bottom line: if you’re working on your lifestyle or environmental portrait skills – this one is highly recommended.