At the end of a shoot is a great time to reflect upon what worked and what did not work. What are some big takeaways from this dancer photo shoot? In this video, author Joe McNally discusses the lessons learned from being prepared to not being afraid of taking terrible photos to having fun during the shoot.
- Think about the shot beforehand.…If you show up and you haven't got your bicycle lights,…(light laughter)…then you don't have bicycle lights.…If you show up and you haven't…got access to hot lights, then forget about motion.…If you show up and you don't have black duvetyne,…or black paper of the background,…you're stuck with your environment.…So, think about it beforehand.…And then also, have fun.…You know, I think she was having fun.…She had never danced with bicycle lights…attached to her body you know.…It was just kind of fun.…
Don't get hung up in the practicality…of it or anything.…Be exuberant. Experiment. Don't be afraid to fail.…I mean a lot of the frames I shot that day suck.…(laughing) They're just awful.…You know, but at the end of the day…we had a core, like a few really, kind of nice frames.…It was okay.…I can make some of the worst crap in the world…leading up to hopefully a decent final frame.…And I grab certain areas of it.…Like, I know certain principles will work.…
If I black that room out, I know I can create motion.…
- Researching the subject
- Conducting a phone interview
- Essential pieces of gear for a dance shoot
- Working with a photo assistant
- Setting up and changing a shot
- Visualizing the first shot
- Creating a lighting setup that complements your subject
- Modifying the environment
- Dealing with on-set challenges
- Attaching lights to a subject
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1. Working with a Dancer
2. Research, Gear, and Crew
3. Loading In and Setting Up the Shot
4. Getting the Shot: Setup 1
5. Dealing with Challenges On Set
6. Getting the Shot: Setup 2
7. Post-Production and Aesthetics
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