What can I say, I wish I went to Nishmat! It makes learning so amazing. The first time I heard about Nishmat, I went to R. Weisberg’s Chanukah shiur that he held in NYC at a friend’s house. It was full of exciting midrash, halachah, and gemara, and it was just magical. Since then, I’ve made quite a few Nishmat friends; all of them are sharp and fun, and they’re relaxed in every situation except when it comes to keeping mitzvahs!
I love this look, the simple portrait on a white background. Shmuel had been experimenting with it ever since the 18 videos, and here in the Nishmat video I feel it’s perfected. He used two cameras and crazy angles to get the varied look that creates movement in what could be an otherwise static setup.
My favorite detail in Shmuel’s work is that his shooting follows his subject, both in emotion and in what they say. Check out how he zooms with the subjects breathing and sentence phrasing. This is why you can’t bother Shmuel when he’s working—he’s very, very focused!
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