How do you create another shot yet still maintain a sense of consistency with the first one? In this video, author Joe McNally takes you through his thought process of visualizing his next shot by observing where the lights hit his subject, and making small tweaks to get the results he wanted to make the shot pop.
- So that was a beautiful set that she just did,…really energetic, really nice.…The dress is moving well in the lights.…The thing about hot lights, I don't use 'em very often,…but the beauty of hot lights or steady lights is…you can see 'em.…Oh, can I see?…Wow, you look beau-…Oh, you've got a sword, too…- [Woman] Yeah, brought the sword just in case you want it.…- Alright.…You look beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, bravo, bravo.…And so I had a problem.…I initially thought okay, it's going to be fine.…
There's going to be this play of light, up and down her body,…and her gown, but early on I wasn't getting any motion…in the gown and then I realized the lights were pitched up.…You can physically see it.…With a flash, you can't really see it,…unless of course, using a big studio strobe…with a modeling lamp and all of that.…We're not, we're using speed lights,…which really the modeling lamps are ineffective…for me at this particular time.…So, had to kind of sort that out, you know,…go Sherlock Holmes on it a little bit and like,…
- 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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