Photo to Movie User Profile - Alain Briot

Alain is a landscape photographer who resides in Arizona. He uses Photo to Movie to create gorgeous montages of his Southwestern imagery set to indiginous music. We interviewed Alain on his background, his work, his passions, and how Photo to Movie aids his artistic vision.

LQ Graphics: What kind of work do you do?

Alain Briot: I create fine art landscape photographs. My goal is to create images that represent my emotional response to the scenes that I photograph.

LQ: How did you get into landscape photography?

AB: I was originally trained as a painter at the Academie des Beaux Arts in Paris, then later studied photography at the American Center, also in Paris. I made my first expedition to the American Southwest in 1983, and from then on developed a life-long fascination with the Southwest. I returned in 1986 and have been here since then. I currently live in Arizona.

LQ: How do you use Photo to Movie?

AB: I created a DVD Slideshow of my photographs with Travis Terry's Native American flute music. Creating this DVD with Photo to Movie was simple and fun.

LQ: What feature(s) in Photo to Movie do you use most often?

AB: Zooming in and out of a photograph, creating titles, mixing sound with images.

LQ: Do you use any additional software with Photo to Movie?

AB: I created the Master DVD with Apple iDVD after exporting the Photo to Movie file to quicktime format. I then had the Master DVD reproduced by DiscMakers. The result is a professional DVD that is now sold in stores throughout the Southwest. This DVD is titled Navajoland and is available on my website at, at, and at other boostores.

LQ: You've written a lot on your website about the aesthetics and philosophy of art and how you see artists discovering themselves and their audience. How do you see yourself in relation to your perceived viewers?

AB: Having an audience, and choosing who your audience is, is a very important aspect of being a successful artist. I am indebted to my audience for what the support they give me, and I believe that being faithful to my personal vision for my work, as well as helping other photographers succeed in expressing their own personal vision, is the best contribution I can make in return.

LQ: It's obvious from the work you do that you've embraced digital media as acceptable tools for art forms. Can you comment at all on the ongoing struggle between the organic and the mechanical? Your photos often give the impression of bare nature but have clearly been digitized and manipulated with computers; the friction between these two elements is truly fascinating.

AB: Photography is a combination of art and science. The artistic is the inspiration and the vision of the artist. It is expressed through composition, the choice of a particular palette, and through other artistic choices. The science is the technical part: the choice of which equipment to use, which software, which camera and so on.

These two elements -- art & science -- must be balanced evenly for a work of art, a photograph in this instance, to be successful in communicating the vision of the artist to his or her audience. If one takes precedence over the other, if art or science dominate, the image becomes more a reflection of the artist's personal interests than the reflection of the artist's message.

Reaching this balance is difficult. Just about all of us start with being stronger in either the artistic or the scientific side. Becoming a successful artist starts with learning how to balance the two. It is the first step of a long journey.

LQ: Do you have any future plans for using Photo to Movie?

AB: I plan to release other DVD's following the same format I used in my first DVD: Navajoland

Thanks for sharing your work with us, Alain. If you'd like to learn more about Alain Briot's work, visit In addition to Navajoland he has a book available, "Mastering Landscape Photography" which is available on and at many other bookstores.

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