Last year, Cory Dawson, a bi-coastal BLVD Artists photographer, photographed a fun series for Metropolitan Home Magazine. Homeware styled after some classic double exposure fashion photography, he shot stills for the magazine and motion for social media. More and more, we're being asked by creatives to send them photographers who are highly-skilled at capturing still and motion work concurrently.
It was a technical and creative challenge for Cory, who spent two days testing the projector setup and videos to make sure there was no shadow and to illuminate the sets. At first, he wanted to use two 12000 lumen projectors, but this would have cost $4,000 for a two-day shoot and he was happy to work with the client to lower the production costs. Instead he used two 2500 lumen projectors. He had to slow the shutter speed way down, which worked well for the still frame exposure, but for the motion version, he knew it had the potential introduce motion blur. To get around this he slowed the original video clips down to ¼ of the original playback speed. He shot using a stills camera for everything to create more of a choppy stop-motion feel.
Cory got this job after meeting with the Photo Editor for the Hearst Design Group at an NYCFotoWorks event.
Cory's been a professional photographer for over 11 years. He takes inspiration from two of his favorite photographers, Ansel Adams and Irving Penn. You can see elements of contrast in his work from Adams, and the simplicity and structure from Penn. His love of architecture and industrial design allows him the attention to detail to design beautifully put-together knolling grids, a feature of some other work on his BLVD profile.