Arguably one of the best visual storytellers of our time is Renan Ozturk of Camp4Collective. His collaborative film Meru made the top 15 documentary films for the Academy Awards. He has won several other film awards for his work.
Renan recently posted a behind the scenes video from a trip to Burma for National Geographic and The North Face. At the workshop I attended in September, National Geographic editor Sadie Quarrier spoke about this expedition and the difficulties encountered along the way. In this clip Renan talks about the importance of good visual storytelling because his equipment broke. Not having the ability to check focus and exposure made for a lot of trial and error on his part. My favorite part is near the end when he talks about the importance of the story and the unimportance of gear. Enjoy!