A great way to get to know your subject is by conducting a phone interview. Not only will you be able to ask them questions that will help you prepare for the photo shoot, you will also begin building a rapport with them. In this video, author Joe McNally has a phone interview with the subject for the belly dance photo shoot.
- [Interviewer] Multiple outfits is great.…If you can bring anything that has a variety of colors,…that would be excellent.…Why don't you describe what outfits you have.…- [Performer] I have purple, blue, pink, red.…I've got four different professional Egyptian costumes…and then two Turkish, green is the other color.…So, I was going to bring all of those.…So I have six different costumes.…Two are Turkish style, four are Egyptian style.…And with the Egyptian style costumes,…thinking of things that were visually interesting,…I also have Shamadan, which is a candelabra that you…wear on your head.…
It's got nine candles.…And then, I've got a couple different swords, and I…also have a cane, which I didn't list in there.…But I have a cane as well.…- [Interviewer] All right, yeah so I--…- [Peformer] Which are just different props that would…go with the Egyptian costumes if you wanted to work with…that and try to get some movement out of some of the props,…or something of that nature.…- [Interviewer] That'd be awesome.…
- 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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