When you load in to your location, you need to decide what gear you need to bring with you so you can set up the shot. What are some techniques for setting up the space for your photo shoot? In this video, author Joe McNally walks you through his thought process when he set up a dance studio for his dance shoot.
- You know, we made the instantaneous decision…to bring all the gear in…because we knew it was going to be a shoot…that was a little bit on the techy side.…It wasn't a far throw from the truck to the dance studio.…So loading in wasn't arduous.…The room was, as I say, daunting.…I kind of sat and looked at the room.…I tried a couple of frames…showing the environment of the room.…God awful, I mean, I'd have to really try…to do worse than that.…That was one of the reasons I had made arrangements…to have with us large Duvetyne cloths.…
I think we had two 12-by-12s.…And we put them together,…and I also had some speed rail…and some additional kinds of clamping, et cetera.…Essentially we were able to create a big swatch of black…in the back of the room.…And that became my background.…So that was part of my reaction to the location.…So goods and bads, right?…I mean, the room itself wasn't great,…so I had to make adaptations there.…
The location itself was cool…because it was a dance studio.…We also did not have a crew move,…
- 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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