The Conscious Photographer
About This Show
At the Conscious Photographer, I believe that being a great photographer is more than just knowing the right techniques and having the right the equipment. As photographers, we put ourselves into our pictures so to improve our pictures we have to improve ourselves. And that's why in this podcast I don't just interview award-winning photographers, makeup artists, and magazine editors; I also interview change workers, brand specialists and business coaches so I can bring you their life changing advice today. The Conscious photographer is where photography meets productivity and personal development.
Most Recent Episode
Episode: 04 - Jaap Buitendijk On What It's Like Taking Pictures for Steven Spielberg & How To Use Your Sensory Acuity To Make Great Pictures.
Dec 3 16
You can find the show notes here The chances are if you’ve been outside or watched a movie in the last 25 years you have seen Jaap Buitendijk’s, work, in fact, you probably have many his images sitting in your media library. Jaap is a specials and unit photographer, aka a movie or set photographer. If you’ve seen any of the press images for Fantastic Beasts that are out in the world at the moment or remember a small film series called Harry Potter you have seen Jaap's work. Those are just two in a long list of films Jaap has worked on, some of the other titles include, Blood Diamond, Children of Men, Gladiator, The Kingsmen, Rush, Alexander and In Bruges, the list goes on and on. Jaap is an incredibly interesting person and regarded as one of the best film stills photographer in the world. He works in what I believe is one of the only genuinely elusive branches of photography. There is little information about set and specials photographers, and in this interview Jaap, shares some incredible advice and stories about how he became involved in the industry. He discusses his journey from shooting small student plays to the biggest feature films on the planet where he frequently finds himself working alongside the likes of Brad Pitt, Tom Hanks, Tye Sheridan, Tom Cruise, Angelina Jolie & Leonardo Dicaprio & with directors such as Steven Spielberg, Danny Boyle, Steve McQueen, Martin Scorsese & Oliver Stone. Despite working with the biggest names in the industry Jaap talks fondly about the smaller scale productions he started on and how these were the basis and foundation for him moving onto the bigger productions. Jaap discusses how he conveys & distils the mood of an entire film into a single frame and what questions he asks himself while editing down his work. We also get into the polarizing working environment of being a set photographer as Jaap often finds himself going from being a quiet observer on set to having a complete production halt so he can get the perfect picture and how he deals with that stress. We also get into Jaap's workflow and how he goes about delivering 150 images to the studio a day. As film sets can be very, high-pressure, Jaap also talks a great deal about the importance of sensory acuity and being aware of your surroundings and the emotions of your sub