Join Douglas Kirkland for an in-depth discussion in this video Documentary coverage, part of Douglas Kirkland on Photography: Editorial Assignment.
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Douglas Kirkland> This is a working picture versus the other one which was a…portrait of you with your work.…And this time the difference is I am letting you leave and I am just following.…I am watching and enjoying it very much.…So I am an observer here.…I was asking you to do things before. I don't want to now.…Camera meter? Thank you.…Okay, let's go meter reading sitting in there.…Female Speaker> Do you want me to sit in or you want me to?…Douglas Kirkland> What's that? Female Speaker> 11.…Douglas Kirkland> Okay, now I am going to weaken this.…I am shooting at 200 ISO at 5-6 and a half.…
Between 8 and 5-6.…And the shutter speed is a 20th of a second.…That may sound odd to you.…Now I can handhold comfortably at a 20th. Especially with strobes. So the only…place that's really getting the 20th is like the lights.…And then why am I shooting at a 20th? Because I want the lights to look like…normal room lights.…So you're going to really up the strobe doing any overall illumination and they're…shooting at a thousandth or whatever.…
In this installment of the series, Douglas goes on location and shows how to shoot photographs for publications. He begins with a look at the planning and packing involved in an on-location editorial shoot. Next, he shows how to construct a photo that tells a story about its subject. He demonstrates how to light and position the subject and use props to best tell the story. After getting the shot that will be on the article’s opening pages, he shoots documentary photos that show the subject in action.
Finally, he reviews the best images from the shoot and shows how he uses Photoshop to complete his workflow and refine the images. Douglas also shows how the final images were used by the magazine’s art director and describes how editorial photographers must compose shots with page design in mind by leaving space for typography and other elements.