Join Natalie Fobes for an in-depth discussion in this video Planning for your shoot, part of The Elements of Effective Photographs.
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Plan to fail, but be prepared with a backup plan.…There is always a problem when you're shooting.…I can think of only one assignment where there wasn't, and we're talking about…thousands of assignments.…The worst-case scenario happened to me when I was in the middle of nowhere in…Alaska photographing salmon.…Both my underwater camera housing and my dry suit started leaking.…Fortunately, I had a backup Nikonos that I was able to use until the new housing…was flown in from Washington, D.C., a week later.…
No luck with the dry suit though. I just covered it with duct tape and got used to the cold.…Even above water I always shoot with two cameras, and I often bring a third or a…fourth just in case.…The extra bodies came in really handy in eastern Siberia when I was camping out…in a tent in the winter for a story on reindeer herders.…Three of my cameras failed, because of the extreme cold;…it was 30 below zero.…My fourth one kept on clicking.…
Now I put a lot of thought in to packing my gear.…The first obvious question is, what are the conditions?…
The course explores compositional elements that guide a viewer's eye, including the rule of thirds; leading lines, patterns, and curves; and depth of field. Natalie then details the roles of color and light in a photo. She shows how to work with the natural light in a room or outdoor location, and how to enhance it using reflectors, newspapers, a T-shirt, or whatever might be handy. She also shows some simple indoor lighting setups that can replicate the look of natural light.
The course continues with a look at movement and how a photographer can convey a sense of motion by blurring part of the image or freezing a fast-moving subject. Next, Natalie explores the concepts of peak action and the decisive moment—those split seconds that capture the essence or emotion of a subject or scene. The course wraps up with a discussion of the roles of planning and research in creating effective photos.