Enrique Pacheco is a professional cinematographer from Spain. He has been working in video production for more than 10 years, but Enrique’s career changed when he moved to Iceland. There he started to specialize on time-lapse and DSLR cameras, exploring the raw landscape of Iceland and shooting some of nature’s most volatile subjects, such as active volcanoes, glaciers, waterfalls, and the traditional culture of Iceland.
Some of his latest short films have been very successful in Vimeo. “Winter in Hell”, “Raw Lightscapes”, “Made on Earth”, “The Maghreb and “Vatn” are all long-term self-productions made with great effort and passion.
Since 2008 he has been conducting many different workshops in DSLR and time-lapse photography both in Iceland and Spain.
Enrique also has a life in the cloud. He runs “hdslr.es”, one of the main webs on HDSLR in Spain. In addition he has written articles and reviews to online publications and expresses his opinion on filmmaking in his blog.
Since 2011 Enrique is working for Getty Images. That has proven to be the best opportunity to keep shooting what he likes and making it profitable at the same time. Sounds like every filmmaker´s dream!
Enrique Pacheco is sponsored by Sony Spain and Kietacam.
I think I was born to be a photographer. I’ve always had a passion for capturing images, but it was not until I was 18 when my father gave me his Nikon F2 Photomic and ever since I’ve been devoted to photography. At the beginning documentary photography attracted me most and that led me first to study directing of documentaries and later cinematography. So here I am now – with one foot in the photography and the other in the filmmaking. Time lapse is involving both of these worlds and for that reason it has become especially captivating for me.
Why did you move to Iceland?
For the first time I went to Iceland in 2008 due to an environmental conservation project. During that summer I travelled around the island and got to know the local culture. I was fascinated by the landscape and people so thereby I decided to return and settle there for a while. During the last three years I have been dedicated to my work in Iceland and I couldn’t be happier! It has been an endless source of inspiration for me. Shooting a video or time lapse photography in Iceland is a unique experience. I have also managed to make a profession out of it – becoming an expert in the field, discovering locations and taking advantage of the best hours of light.
The first experience I had in conducting a workshop was with youngsters. I was very pleased to see how my skills became useful for others. Sharing my knowledge with beginners and advanced photographers is one of the greatest pleasures for me as a professional. For the last two years I have been teaching workshops of both DSLR video and time lapse. Iceland is where I have a lot of experience but at the moment Spain is where I am requested the most. A safari in Tanzania and workshops in Costa Rica are the plans for the near future.
Technology is changing rapidly, opening up photography to more people. How do you feel about that?
I think it’s great that the availability of technology has expanded the use of tools for creating art. It is true that there are more and more people active in the field of photography and a lot is produced on a very low level. But it has also enabled a lot of people to show their creativeness and excellent skills and given a chance to distribute their work with the help of the Internet. Today the access to professional tools is not a restriction. If you’re good at what you do you have great opportunities.
Picture Drift (Australia)
I found working with Enrique on the Gotye music video “Eyes Wide Open” to be a great experience, working remotely on a technically difficult project he delivered exactly what was briefed in and more. I found him extremely professional, committed and easy to communicate and do business with.
As a teacher, Enrique keeps the processes of photography, filmmaking, and post-production transparent and accessible. When you are on set with him, he encourages and welcomes your abilities, and shares what he knows with you as an equal. He invited all the students into deeper levels of the work, teasing us to push our boundaries and try new things. I also watched him successfully negotiate a challenging creative direction discussion, and learned a few things from that. Good communication is invaluable in this kind of work.
The skills and relationships I gained from this workshop were worth every penny, and the experience of traveling through remote parts of Iceland are priceless.
Enrique is an unusual combination of artist and professional, who is wiling to share and teach what he knows. I would highly recommend these workshops to anyone who is looking to build skill and nourish a deeper commitment to the passion of creating images, as well as make a few friends and have great fun doing it./em>
Working with Enrique was a pleasure! An uncompromising professional approach and great results to support it! Enrique knows every hidden corner of Iceland and most importantly how to shoot it! With over 300,000 views to date – we are extremely happy with the Dark Matters Quest of a Dream Video!
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