I am a 19 year old commercial photography student in North Carolina. I've been into photography for almost 5 years and really have enjoyed it. I've always been interested in video as well and now that all DSLR's pretty much have video I've been able to shoot a bit of motion. I'm thinking it would be a good idea to try and learn/shoot as much video as I can right now as well as stills. Seems like if you could offer an ad agency still photos as well as be responsible for the video part as well this would be a huge advantage. Even now I'm finding I can do both for clients and they are pleased but I'm wanting to prepare for my future which will hopefully be working with much bigger clients. Is the idea of being able to do both far off in the real work world? I'm not looking to shoot feature films or anything just looking to be able to direct TV spots and web spots as well as shoot stills. Interested to hear your opinions on how the two can work together.
The second part of the question is how would you recommend I learn more about video/story telling. With photography I was pretty much self taught with experimenting and training dvds until this year where I went to a community college for it. Would the same work for video or should I look into going to school for it? A one year certificate program might be ideal I was thinking. I'm looking at the various REDeducation programs and think these would be a great way to learn how to use higher level equipment but I'm also looking for somewhat of a tradition background.
Please take a look at my work here www.coreyjenkinsphoto.com Just updated my site to have stills as well as video on it.
Thanks in advanced!