Paul Higham [paulhigham]
What is your specialty in multimedia?
Bespoke and unusual web-based AudioVisual projects
Do you have a website or blog where we can see something of your work?
What has been your career path? How have you arrived to the point where you are? What did you do before?
I've always been an enthusiastic hobbyist, only recently thanks to exposure to online communities have I been able to take things to the next level, where I get paid for my work.
What types of clients do you have? How do they find you?
The brunt of my offering is marketed towards Businesses, from Handmade Soap Manufacturers, through Financial Services giants to Internet Marketing Companies. I am also involved with producing promotional material for a few bands, again of varying genres and levels of success.
How did your interest in multimedia technology begin?
I've been using computers to create content ever since I can remember.
Please provide a brief description of the hardware and software you currently use most.
Software: Final Cut Studio, Photoshop, Logic Studio, NI Reaktor 5.
Hardware: Real musical instruments(!), Canon 5Dmkii.
Do you usually keep an eye on the work of your competition and analyze how they have done things?
Most definitely, half of my working day is currently spent researching.
How do you learn new techniques? Manuals? Tutorials? Trial and error?
A heady mix of trial & error, internet research and online tutorial video.
What new technologies are you experimenting with now?
I recently upgraded my camera gear to a HD DSLR setup, I'm amazed at how much this new technology is changing the rules of video production, things are really moving at an alarming pace now.
What technology or phenomenon do you believe will revolutionize the sector in the next few years?
I think HD SLR is already revolutionising the sector but what else? Perhaps open source photography will catch, will we one day be able to zoom in and out of an image after it's been captured? Or refocus or expose it? I'd like to think that photography and video is where the real revolution will happen if it isn't already.
Does it irk you when something new makes what you've already learned obsolete?
Not at all, the trick is to never stop learning, the technological landscape is in permanent flux, if you can't keep up you should be standing somewhere else.
What types of professionals are you used to collaborating with, sharing experiences with, or forming a team with?
I am used to collaborating with musicians and composers, I have very little experience working with others in the video sector, I'd love to remedy this.
What professional publications or portals do you follow regularly?
I subscribe to around 90 blogs, I'm a huge fan of Google reader, it makes news interesting, engaging and fun, unlike mainstream news.
What advice would you give those who want to break into this profession?
Work hard, experiment, and don't create corporate crap because nobody likes it.