When taking a photograph, you need to balance the technical aspects with the aesthetic aspects. Are there times when balance shifts towards one more than the other? In this video, author Joe McNally discusses how to look for the photograph you are taking and not get bogged down trying to make everything perfect.
- I mean, the metadata is important.…It doesn't rule me, in the sense that my histograms,…my metadata, all that sort of stuff has good information.…It filters into the background of my head,…but I'm looking for a picture.…Making a living with a camera…introduces a certain level of practicality,…where you don't really care about the purity of it.…We've created a series of pictures here,…which I think most photo editors,…and I say this with a fair degree of certainty,…would be very pleased to get.…You know, given like a local magazine…or something like that, I think they'd be very pleased…with this kind of a picture.…
The best quote I have ever heard about a camera…came from Donald McCullin,…who was a legendary war photographer, Magnum photographer,…who said years ago, he said,…"I only use a camera like I use a toothbrush.…"It gets the job done."…So I think a modicum of that sensibility…can control a lot of the rampant sort of, you know,…concerns about the technology.…It's there, use it, you know?…I don't know all the menu options in my D5s.…
- Researching the subject
- Conducting a phone interview
- Essential pieces of gear for a dance shoot
- Working with a photo assistant
- Setting up and changing a shot
- Visualizing the first shot
- Creating a lighting setup that complements your subject
- Modifying the environment
- Dealing with on-set challenges
- Attaching lights to a subject
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1. Working with a Dancer
2. Research, Gear, and Crew
3. Loading In and Setting Up the Shot
4. Getting the Shot: Setup 1
5. Dealing with Challenges On Set
6. Getting the Shot: Setup 2
7. Post-Production and Aesthetics
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