When you have your subject in the frame, it adds an element of liveliness. They also help bring all the technical elements of your shot together. Will you need to adjust the environment, as well? In this video, join author Joe McNally as he works with the location, lighting setup, and dance subject to create the scene that he envisions.
(belly-dancing music)…- You know, it's so funny, your subject changes everything.…When you actually have a real, beautiful subject there,…the sterile bits and pieces of the lighting look like,…oh my God, I'm not doing this properly, it's just awful,…oh my, you're just beside yourself, confronting your own…ceaseless ineptitude.…But then the subject gives you this gift, this subject…transforms everything.…When she starts to move in her beautiful and professional…fashion, the photograph starts to coalesce.…
And that's kind of what's happening, blessedly,…thankfully, right here.…Now I'm making kind of…an executive decision here graphically.…I'm going to come in horizontally on her.…I'm going to lose the floor.…(shutter clicks)…Alright, John, we're way too broad on our light source…up here, for whatever reason.…Let's move that closer to her, because by the time…it's getting to her, it's really getting flooded.…Unfortunately, I kind of need to stay at camera to coach you…in terms of how tight you can get that in there.…
- 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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