Adding video to her offering
While shooting video was initially a challenge, Ilvy says it has helped her reach a wider audience. "For the past year and a half, on the Born Free project, I've done all the video myself, shooting about 50 hours of footage. I've sent it to publications for use on their websites, but I also showed it to one of Holland's main broadcasters." Ilvy was subsequently involved in editing the footage into an hour-long documentary, which was shown on Dutch television.
Most of Ilvy's recent video work was captured using the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. For interviews, Ilvy placed the camera on a tripod. Everything else was shot with the camera handheld, apart from some images from a moving car, for which she used a gimbal to keep the camera as steady as possible. Ilvy used an external microphone for sound recording and a wireless lavalier lapel microphone for recording audio at a distance.
"I still prefer photography; it's more difficult, and more of a challenge for me to tell a story in a few pictures," Ilvy says. "You need quite a different eye. But videography also showed me a lot of things. I've done a lot of long interviews, for about an hour and a half, with all the people who I've followed. That was such a great experience, because you get to really know someone.
"Talking to people for a long time helps you to gain their trust, so the videos helped my pictures because people were more relaxed with me after they had spoken to me in front of the camera."