Join Douglas Kirkland for an in-depth discussion in this video Environmental portrait critique, part of Douglas Kirkland on Photography: Editorial Assignment.
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Douglas Kirkland> Okay, now I knew the lighting was right. We had that wired.…The next thing that I had to think about as a photographer on this editorial…assignment, as I would on any, is working with Hannie who is not accustomed of…being in front of the camera everyday.…She is not a pro and she is what we call in the business "real people." She is a…very much a real person.…In any case that requires her feeling confident, feeling good, and certain of…what she is doing and that's my job as a photographer at this point, or it will…be yours if you're shooting.…
Let's take a look.…So what I did is quickly took a few images, just to warm things up.…She felt the flash go off and she felt the environment but I did everything just to…show her how great she was.…I mean I compared her with my movie stars, which for me at that moment she was…the most important person in my world and she has to feel that.…Now, at certain point, I wanted her to relax a little, so I suggested that she…lean on her hand just to give her something to do.…
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.