As you walk into you location, it is as if you are walking into a blank slate. How do you begin to set up and visualize your shot once your gear is loaded in? In this video, photographer Joe McNally takes you through his thought process from when he set up the shot for the dance photo shoot assignment.
- Well, nothing's in place.…Really, it's just literally just messing around,…which is, you know.…There's a benefit to that as a photographer,…if you have the luxury of time…when you walk in to a location.…To just kind of sit and kind of stare at it, you know.…Like wonder, in your head, what might be possible.…And then you start to apply…the metrics of location to your thinking.…Like, okay, how much time do I have?…What's my subject like?…Are they going to give me enough time to work?…Environment: how much lighting do I have?…How aggressive can I be? How visually ambitious?…If I've got a 30 minute corporate shoot,…and Mr. and Mrs. Bigshot…are going to come in for five minutes,…they got to throw up my lights, get ready, say nice things,…make a picture for about two, three minutes,…they walk out the door, and I'm done.…
And that's actually pretty wonderful, really.…I love it when they walk in and pay you for an entire day…and only use five minutes of it.…It's fantastic, you know.…But thankfully most shoots are not like that.…
- 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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