Join Douglas Kirkland for an in-depth discussion in this video Planning gear for location shoots, part of Douglas Kirkland on Photography: Editorial Assignment.
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Douglas Kirkland> The shoot is today.…Basically it's for the Craft Magazine.…We are doing the lead picture and what-- well, in their case, what they wanted,…the art directors, is that they wanted a Hollywood look of this lady and glamorize her.…So, what it's going to mean is taking a main soft box and the low light.…We should have a 9-foot seamless with us and the stands for the seamless.…
This is a good example of a typical day where we're going on a…magazine assignment.…And it's a slightly different type of shoot. This is not like a portrait shoot,…a traditional portrait shoot.…She is a crafts person and she's going to be making something with clay, which…she is a great artist at, and what they want is a forceful lead picture and then…they said "Keep your eyes open for anything else."…When you go on location as photographer, it's an entirely different ball game…because you must have everything there.…
You can't say, "Oh, if I only had another da, da, da." You have must bring it with you.…And again, it's a strobe day for a number of reasons.…
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.