LA-based photographer Aleks Kocev (@alekskocev) takes us places unknown. Atop hills of sand dunes in Death Valley to the depths of the sea in Thailand, Aleks offers a unique perspective in his Cameos. He’s traveled to various locations throughout the world, including 14 countries. A former visual effects artist, Aleks quit his desk job in the pursuit of living and creating incredible work from outside the cubicle. To view his photography, visit alekskocev.com.
Check out his Cameos at cameo.tv/alekskocev.
Aleks gave us five pro tips for creating beautiful videos with Cameo:
1. Think about your narrative
Ask yourself: what am I trying to highlight? What emotion are you trying to invoke? Are you trying to be impactful, funny, envious? Ask yourself these questions when composing and putting together your video. For example, in my Cameo “Space Between the Light”, I use my shoes as the unifying theme to reflect the journey.
2. Make sure you get enough b-roll
You’ll need some main shots to wow your audience, but make sure you get the stuff in between that reflects your full story. You want viewers to feel like they are right there with you in the passenger seat. It’s always better to have too many clips than too little.
3. Focus is your friend
This goes without saying, but make sure you focus on the subject when shooting. While recording you can tap on the area of the screen to focus the shot. This can help with adjusting exposure and highlighting your main subject. It’d be a real shame to put in all the work only to have a blurry beautiful landscape shot.
4. Pushing your clips to the extreme the GoPro
There are certain places your phone simply can’t go. Let’s say diving 18 meters down in Koh Tao, Thailand. These are times when a GoPro can be your best friend. The burly, waterproof camera allows me to capture great clips that I might have missed. If you can’t afford a GoPro, I recommend checking out the Lifeproof iPhone case.
5. Pick music that adds to your story
Shooting clips is really only 80% of the journey. The last 20% is the music that ties everything together. I usually collect all of my clips and then pick a Featured Cameo Soundtrack, editing to the beat of the song. Don’t be afraid to trim a couple seconds off a clip to hit the musical progression in just the right way. This way there’s highs and lows in your Cameo to sync up perfectly with that beautiful golden hour shot.