Photo via devinsupertramp
I think it was Jeremy Cowart (I could be wrong) who once wrote about the spread of high-end camera equipment. He told a story about getting turned down by several companies when he offered his photographic services. They said something to the effect of, “Why do we need to hire a photographer? Everybody knows a kid with a 5D.”
It’s true, most people do know the “kid with the 5D” but just because you own a slick piece of gear doesn’t mean you know how to use it. Enter Devin Graham aka devinsupertramp to those who know him on YouTube. He’s young but he is mastering a niche where he marries exotic and compelling footage with stunning Glidecam work.
Often he films the standard YouTube fare (read friends jumping off high things) but adds a level of professionalism and creativity uncommon for the video sharing website. Some of his best work is his commercial and documentary projects, like this one he did for the Kualoa Ranch on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. (I hope you have a fast connection because all his videos deserve to be watched in HD)
His piece on fire dancing is less scenic but equally epic.
And his footage from Tahiti is enough to make any desk jockey jealous.
Of course his “just for fun” videos are pretty great too.
Graham relies heavily on a Glidecam 4000 to capture his signature flying look and has the added benefit of working with composer Stephen Anderson to score most of his films. To find out more about Graham check out his blog devingraham.blogspot.com.