Join Megan Andersen for an in-depth discussion in this video Forecasting challenges, part of Advanced Craft Photography.
When you're shooting the field, there are always different factors and challenges you want to think about. Whether it's weather, or your particular location where you're setting up your craft. There's always going to be that element of the unexpected when you're out in the field. So, today when we came here on our shoot, we actually asked the land owner where the sun rises and where the sun sets. And that was just to make ourselves as prepared as possible to try to break up our day into a nice, workable chunk. But there's no guarantee it's going to work out the way you plan it, but when you show up to a craft shoot, having a plan is always a good start.
So now that the sun is setting, it's becoming more of a challenge for us to take some photos. You know, we have to kind of chase the sun. Shadows are moving. You need to keep changing your exposure. And finding a nice place. But that's nothing. I mean, it's a gorgeous day today. When you're out shooting in the field anything could happen. You could have rain, snow, a whole host of mother nature's finest choices. And when you bring your crafts out into the field, they're vulnerable. So if you've got paper crafts, things that are delicate, just be mindful of what the weather's like and where you're setting them. You don't want to put this beautiful thing that you've made in a puddle and ruin it, or, you know, get it dirty by placing it somewhere you haven't really thought out.
And while we're talking about how you're placing your crafts, I personally have had plenty of experiences where I set up a craft, it looks good, I'm about to take the photo, and a big gust of wind comes through and knocks it over. Sometimes, it even breaks, and that is heartbreaking in itself, but, if you show up with proper staging tools, and good photo equipment, and just try to really think about how the environment is impacting your craft, you'll be more successful in your craft shoot. let's see.Aas far as weather goes.
Yeah. Oh, your gear. Think about your camera. If it starts raining. Maybe you shove a couple of plastic baggies in your craft, or in your camera bag. Also you should have a camera bag. If you're working with lenses, you don't want to just have them like rattling around in your purse or in your backpack. Really protect the gear that you've got. It's an investment, and it's going to last a lot longer the better you take care of it. Same goes with the craft photograph that you are setting up. Look for smudges in the background anything that needs to be cleared away. That's just going to save you editing time later on.
If you really show up prepared with yourself, your camera, think about your environment, and then think about your shoot when you're setting it up. You're going to have a more successful craft photo day. And with that I need to go chase the sun, so I'm going to go get a couple more photos before we're out of here, but, be safe, be prepared, and good luck.
- Beyond the basic camera settings
- Advanced composition and staging techniques
- Image editing in Photoshop and Lightroom
- Shooting for a client
- Caring for your gear
- Keeping it simple