From NYC to South Korea, and now, to Estonia, our Flixel Wizards span across the globe to create a tight knit community of talented creators, teachers, and innovators. Choosing this small group of individuals wasn’t an easy task. We have so many incredible cinemagraph and timelapse gurus in our Flixel Community that work each day to create stunning content that inspires. Without them, our business wouldn’t exist. But, what makes the newest Flixel Wizard, Virgo Haan, so special? Let’s find out.
Two years ago I quit my nine to five work and dedicated myself to living photos.
Tell me about how you got started in photography, and how that translates to art direction.
After Highschool I had a very strong will to start studying something related to movie creation. Thus, I tried to step into a university, majoring in TV production. Unfortunately, there were only 3 open spaces and I was fifth in the row. Having been rejected, I was left rather sad and did not know what to do next. Then, out of nowhere, my best friend Indrek said that he was going to study photography. At this time, I hadn’t even had a chance to touch any professional photo equipment. With the help of our friend Heiki Laan, I and Indrek were surprisingly accepted to a photography school. Heiki was one of the top photographers in Estonia at this time and he kindly took us under his wing. We were spending very long days in the studios, shooting locations, carrying lights and asking stupid questions, but this practical field work was compared to old-fashioned theoretical schooling like a highway to photography. So, thank you Heiki Laan, you are my greatest teacher in photography next to Google and Youtube. It was a time when digital photography was starting to take over analog, so in our team it was I who was given a mission to make myself at home in Photoshop. Gradually, I was starting to do more and more photo editing works and graphic design.
A few weeks ago we wrote up a blog on our very first Wizard, the NYC native, Lindsay Adler. This time we’re venturing to the other side of the globe to indtrouce our next Flixel Wizard. All the way from South Korea, say hello to our fellow Canadian, Jason Teale. A master of storytelling, and a talented timelapse creator, back in August 2014, Jason won over our hearts with his very first Flixel cinemagraph, seen below.
Inspiring both our Flixel Community, and our team, Jason’s work in timelapse cinemagraphs had an instrumental effect on our decision to create Persecond, Flixel’s newest timelapse app. Not only is Jason a great photographer and educator, he’s a genuinely nice guy, too. (It must be the Canadian in him!)
So, tell me about how you got started in photography. A brief intro into how you became the pro photographer you are today.
I started into photography in university using my Father’s old Pentax Spotmatic F. However, I wasn’t that into photography until I moved to South Korea. I was inspired by the landscapes around me and I really wanted to show my friends and family the amazing places that I was visiting. At first, I just was documenting what I saw but soon I started trying to show how I envisioned the scenes in my head. It was when I got into HDR (high dynamic range) photography that this really took off for me. While the photos might not have been everyone’s cup of tea they were good enough to catch the eye of a National Geographic editor who published one of my photos in one of their books a few years ago.
We knew the time would finally come. Within the last few months, more and more big brands have started using cinemagraphs to market their business on social media. Each day we find at least one new cinemagraph being shared and promoted by companies like Doritos and Heineken on the major social channels. This helps to really bring awareness to cinemagraphs, and also legitimize the medium. No, cinemagraphs are not a gimmick; and yes, they are here to stay. All of the forces are starting to align, and we’re pretty damn excited about it.
3 main things that are necessary for the success of cinemagraphs:
1. Getting validation from big brands that this is indeed, a legitimate medium. (check)
Take a look at your Instagram, Facebook and Twitter feeds. In the upcoming months, you’ll start to see more and more cinemagraphs being posted by the brands you follow on social media. If you’re lucky, you’ve already started to spot them. Take a look at some of the big brands using cinemagraphs, below. They’re mesmerizing. And while you’re at it, check out our blog, Cinemagraphs: The Hot New Advertising Medium on Instagram.
Cinemagraphs for Digital Marketing. A New Technology for Visual Storytelling.
Businesses are getting tougher nowadays. To be able to compete, we have to keep moving. Technology will always be one of the strongest weapons to build up and sustain a business. Keeping up with trends and looking ahead is key to succeeding. The good news is, there’s no need to search far, just look into our gadgets… the world is in the palm of our hands. Websites, apps, social media and instant messaging have become powerful digital media technologies for business, especially when it comes to marketing.
We’ve searched the globe for a team of wizards to help share our passion for cinemagraphs. Why do we call them wizards? Well if you’ve ever made a living photo with Cinemagraph Pro for Mac or iOS, you know how magical the experience really can be. That, and we also happen to love Harry Potter.
The fast-growing Flixel Community includes thousands of talented photographers, videographers, marketers and artists. Each each day they create and share memorizing images that help cinemagraphs grow as an exciting new medium. With so many talented creators in the Flixel Community, how do we choose just a handful to help build awareness for Flixel and our award-winning apps?
To help us find these unique individuals, we created a profile for this type of person; a wizard who can wield their wand and spread the magic. A Flixel Wizard is someone who: sees the value in educating new photographers, has a strong community and large reach on social media, engages and interacts with their followers, has a unique photographic style, and lastly, creates stunning cinemagraphs.
We’re thrilled to announce our very first Flixel Wizard, the extremely talented, kind hearted, and magical, Lindsay Adler.
1. So, tell me about how you got started in photography. A brief intro into how you became the pro photographer you are today.
I began photography in my early teens as a way to share time with my mother and grandmother who were both hobbyist photographers. I quickly discovered my passion for photography, and began to devour as much information as possible– workshops, books, classes, videos… whatever I could get my hands on.
By age 15 I knew that photography was going to be my career, so I started my first portrait photography business with the help of my mother. I began by photographing high school seniors, weddings and families. When I went to college for business and photography at Syracuse University, I discovered the art of fashion photography and instantly fell in love. I then devoted my time to developing a fashion portfolio, learning about the field and building contacts in New York City while still working out of upstate NY.