In this course, follow along with photographer Joe McNally as he is on location for an assignment to photograph a belly dancer. In this video, Joe discusses the importance of researching the subject he will be working with by looking up their website and reading their history. Learn about the importance of getting to know your subject beforehand.
- With dancers, you want to know…what their favorite pieces might be.…If they are rehearsing something in particular…and there might be last season's performance…up on the website, go there, take a look at it,…read their history, that type of thing.…Research is very important,…not only from knowing the tack…that you're going to take photographically,…but also just for the simple fact of small talk on the set.…With a movie actor or actress, look at all their movies.…Just look at 'em all.…
I had dialogue memorized from movies…of people that I have photographed.…Again, referring to Michelle Pfeiffer.…She was having a tough moment.…I could tell she was kind of getting distracted…or maybe down or something, I don't know.…And I went into Married to the Mob immediately…and the Alec Baldwin character…who played her husband on the set,…and I just looked at her and I said,…"Honey, what's the matter?…"You got your girlfriends, you got your game shows."…(laughs) And she went right into character…in kind of that New York accent.…
- 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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