First, from all of us at Luminous-Landscape, we hope you are enjoying spending time with friends and family this long Easter weekend. All of us at Luminous-Landscape wish to thank you for making us a part of your day and we appreciate you being part of our larger family.
Video is an important part of web content these days. Luminous-landscape has been producing videos since before there was YouTube. We have been diligently working to blend video content with our regular text content to appeal to a wide audience and enhance communication.
For a few months, I have been working on an idea to present a new video segment for Luminous-Landscape. I wanted to do something other than a single person talking to the camera. The idea was to include other knowledgeable people in the photography industry. As time went by, I shared this idea, brainstormed it, and finally arrived at a format I thought would be fun for our viewers as well as us.
As many of you may know, I am fortunate enough to have one of the last great family-owned camera stores, Roberts Camera, only a few blocks from my office. For me, visiting Roberts is like many folks visiting the local hardware store. Everyone at Roberts is friendly, knowledgeable, and has an opinion, not to mention a great sense of humor. It’s always a fun time talking about new cameras, technologies, gear, and all other aspects of photography.
That got me thinking, and it wasn’t long before I thought that if I could bring this concept to video, we might be onto something. As the thought process matured, I asked Jody Grober and Phil Gibson of Roberts if they would be part of the program. They were hesitant to start, but the more we discussed it the more we all started seeing the possibilities. Not long after that, I went to Meredith Reinker, Director of Marketing for Roberts, and discussed the idea with her. She thought it sounded great too. We now had the cast and a few ideas.
I then met with Michael Durr, one our videographers at Luminous-Landscape, and together we brainstormed how we could pull this off. We needed a title and a location or set. As we talked more, we thought about how cool it would be if we filmed as though the three of us were at a bar, talking photography. Michael, being the young, hip guy he is, had the brilliant idea of actually filming at a bar. It wasn’t long before we agreed this was the way to go.
Soon after that, we found a very cool whiskey bar, Hotel Tango, in downtown Indianapolis. This charming location had numerous places to set up and shoot, and they agreed we could come in before opening and produce the videos. We were still trying to come up with a title, and it was Michael’s idea to call our new series “On The Rocks”.
We were making progress. Now, all we needed was a date. On Wednesday, March 28th, Jody, Phil, and myself, along with Michael and JOHN DOE, our sound man, got together and produced our first two episodes of “On The Rocks”.
If you can’t tell from the photos in this article, we had a blast and great conversations about photography. We’ll keep the topics a surprise until we debut the first video toward the middle of this month.
This will be an ongoing series with at least two episodes each month. We see this series as a chance for Jody, Phil, and myself to talk about the many aspects of photography today. We will occasionally have guests from various segments of the photography industry, along with representatives from different vendors and manufacturers. All in all, it should be fun and informative. Keep your eye out for the first episode coming soon.