Join Douglas Kirkland for an in-depth discussion in this video The setup, part of Douglas Kirkland on Photography: Editorial Assignment.
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Douglas Kirkland> First of all I want Hannie to look wonderful, that's my…first obligation, and the picture specifically that I'm going after is, and it's…the most important one, which is the one we're doing first, is going to be almost…like a studio picture.…We're working here in her home, so I bring this seamless paper.…We have a 9-foot wide, 3-meter wide white and we're putting that behind her,…which would look like she was really in our studio, but of course we're here…at her place.…And so we're going to really do a very clean picture, which would be probably…the picture the publication wants more than anything else.…
Beyond that and after that I hope to get maybe some pictures of her working.…She said she might actually create something for us.…I'd love to see her working. And then I like to look in very closely at number of…her pieces possibly too.…So all of these things are all the possibilities, but mainly the picture I…must come away with, so we're doing it first, is this classic portrait of the…
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.