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Shooting Dirty with Jeremy Lin Inspiration

Shooting Dirty With Jeremy Lin

By Joseph Cha on November 20th 2013

What Does Shooting Dirty Mean?

Shooting dirty means recording video without precise camera movements and far from perfect lighting. Why would anyone shoot this way? Shooting this style gives a more authentic look and sound to the video. We live in the age of the internet and viral videos, and most of those videos were shot with a camera phone that doesn’t have precise camera movements or perfect lighting. Shooting dirty gives the same aesthetic, and can be used as a powerful tool.

Recording a video in the moment like that is the complete opposite of a “produced shoot” — there’s no preparation, no lighting setup, no audio, and no idea what’s going to happen. This is what allows even the crappiest quality videos to go viral – Stillmotion

Midnight Surprise Pickup Game With Jeremy Lin

Stillmotion was with Jeremy Lin in Taipei doing a 60 minute piece on his stardom and his impact on the Asian American community. But when Jeremy Lin decided to play a game of pickup ball at midnight, they left their sliders in their rooms, and shot dirty. Watch the video below to see how this aesthetic adds to the story.

Next time you record, think to yourself “what visual aesthetic will best tell the story I’m trying to create.” Sometimes you don’t need complicated slides or camera rigs. Let us know what kind of shooting techniques you employ in order to best tell your stories in the comments!

[Source: Stillmotion]


I’m a photographer and cinematographer based in Southern California. When I don’t have a camera in my face I enjoy going to the movies and dissecting the story telling and visual aesthetics.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. John

    After about 30 seconds I stopped paying attention to the movements & shots. Instead I was caught up in the story. This just goes to show, if you have an interesting subject, just capturing the story is the biggest priority. The technical side of things can be lacking (on purpose or out of necessity) & people will still be entertained.

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