Today my class was visited by Mary Knox Merrill, a former videographer and photographer for the Christian Science Monitor and now works as the director of multimedia at my alma matter, Northeastern.
Merrill was a revelation to listen to, and she showed us some of her video work for the Christian Science Monitor, including this riveting work on rape as a weapon in the congo.
Merrill’s job for the monitor is the kind of work I dream of doing, getting on a plane every two weeks to shoot something for a magazine. She gave the class some tips on photography and videography, which I will use on my upcoming video, as part of my food truck series, on Kickass Cupcakes.
Some of Merrill’s tips included:
- Perseverance is key
- Figure out where your place is and be persistent
- Details make a piece
- Interview plenty of people
- Shoot a variety of images, from tight to medium to wide, from every angle, and don’t be afraid to direct the subject
- Always check the lighting
- Most important: Always shoot plenty of B-roll (extra overview shots)
So thanks Mary Knox! The information was wonderful and I will be using your tips on my blog very soon!