What do you do if the location you are photographing in does not work out as well as you hoped? How do you transform the space so you can create a completely different shot? In this video, author Joe McNally walks you through his thought process when he changed up the shot during his belly dancer photo shoot.
- I thought I'd dip my toe in the waters here…in very cursory fashion, easygoing, couple of lights,…simple TTL setup, very easy to do.…It's pretty, no two ways about it,…but the environment is ugly.…I thought she might overpower it a little bit.…I thought maybe, maybe,…maybe there might be some saving grace to having a piece…of this studio as part of my environment,…but it's just not going to work.…
Fluorescent bars overhead, some of 'em are out,…and she's this elegant, classy sort of lady.…She's got veils, and spangles, and stuff…and I just (tongue clicks).…It was good education.…I don't regret doing it.…Set it up, it only took five minutes…to get the lights together.…She comes in.…I know now kind of more, I've gone to school,…in other words, on what she's capable of doing,…her movements, the way she looks on camera.…I do have a relatively nice photograph.…I can see the pace that she operates at.…
Now, that's going to fuel my imagination…for what we're going to do next, and that is going to be…to work on black, really drop her out…
- 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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