Photographing groups is tricky—especially when there's minimal time. In this video, Ben covers the concept of how to get a group composed and photographed quickly.
- Corporate presentations, newsletters,…there are lots of applications…that will require you to shoot group shots.…And you may find that when you're tasked…with shooting a group shot,…your first impulse is to line the group up against a wall…and shoot them execution style.…And you can do that, and in a lot of cases,…that may be your only option because of…time constraints or location constraints or whatnot.…But it's always better to see if you can find…another way to go.…So, BATS wanted a cast photo…to go up on a webpage.…And so, before a show, I had the chance to shoot…all of the cast members and the technical crew.…
We're good? - Yeah.…- Okay, cool.…So I could've lined them up on the stage.…It was already lit, there was a nice white background.…But instead, poking around the theater,…I found a stairwell and decided to stick them there,…just because it's something different,…just because it's a little more interesting.…All right, so let's just go.…John, just head down to the first landing.…I think what we're gonna do…
In this course, photographer, author, and educator Ben Long details the concepts and techniques that graphic designers should know about in order to work with photography more effectively. The course begins with a look at logistical and legal considerations, from composing for a layout to budgeting to obtaining permissions and releases. Next, Ben tackles the kind of assignment you might find yourself taking on—shooting a variety of different types of photos that are required for a print piece. The course concludes with guidance on where to go next to further your photography skills.
- What's different because you're a designer?
- Knowing the final specs for a design project
- Budgeting for a photo shoot
- Planning and previsualizing your shoot
- Preparing your camera
- How the eye sees differently from the camera
- Shooting individual and group portraits
- Post-production and final product
- Finding the keepers