Communicating with your subject during the photo shoot is key. Not only do you need to ask them to move in different ways, but if a move is strenuous, you need to know how the subject is doing. In this video, author Joe McNally walks you through things to consider when communicating with a dance subject during a photo shoot.
(camera shutter clicking)…- Keep going, keep going.…You doing alright?…Good, beautiful!…Well, I ask constantly, "You okay?…"How you doing?"…And in something that's incredibly physically stressful,…for instance I've worked with gymnasts, and I want…a particular move, I ask right up front,…how many of these do you have in you?…It's a singular move, how many times can you do this…without stressing yourself, hurting yourself, et cetera.…
And people have looked at me and said, "Well, I could…"probably do it five times."…Then the shoot gets really interesting…because then, essentially, if it's one, singular move,…you got five shots for the whole day.…You better hit it.…So yeah, I'm very respectful of that.…I ask the dancer, et cetera, how you doing,…you okay, you need water, you alright?…And I keep up that concern, and they appreciate that.…Is the surface okay for you?…Do you need anything?…All of that sort of stuff.…
She was a trooper, she was fine.…She wasn't running around the studio.…I can imagine certain belly dance routines,…
- 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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