Join Douglas Kirkland for an in-depth discussion in this video Reviewing the lighting, part of Douglas Kirkland on Photography: Editorial Assignment.
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Douglas Kirkland> Here is the situation. I went into Hannie's house and her work…area and I realized that I had to make a picture on the level of-- We had to…make her look like a Hollywood star because that's what the magazine said they…wanted most ideally.…They wanted her not only to look like a star, but to feel it good.…So I was going to do everything I could to make that happen.…First thing I had to do was have the lighting right, however, and it…wasn't ideal.…And what happened was there was a window in front of the table where she worked…and I said let's put a white seamless up there, and there was quite a bit of…light coming through it and I had the choice of maybe putting something over the…window to stop the light but I said no, let's use what's there.…
Let's let that light come from the back from, through her, and but what I…realized is all we have is the silhouette there. That's fine, but you've to…do something.…So this is where the strobe comes in.…Bring the soft box on the front. We switched it on at maximum and what happens? …
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.