When you have a limited amount of time, you are working in a darkened room and have a lighting setup that helps you capture the fluidity of a dancer, things can be both challenging and rewarding. In this video, author Joe McNally shares his thoughts about how the belly dancer photo shoot assignment is going so far.
= This is complicated stuff.…We have a limited amount of time on location,…and we have a dancer who's fluid and moving.…I'm using a mix of…strobes or flashes…and hot light in a darkened room.…So, it's iffy at best, you know.…So, I'm very fortunate, I think.…I feel good that we did get a couple of successful frames,…which does allow me to breathe a little bit easier.…I'm coming up on the time window…where things are going to have to start moving very rapidly.…
I noticed my better efforts…were in the early part of the take,…and it seemed to fade a little bit…as I went to longer shutter speeds…and experimented towards the back end.…So, I'm going to change the positions of the lights,…because I noticed at the back end of the take,…when things weren't working so well,…the veiling…was not seemingly being hit by…the warm, tungsten steady lights.…For whatever reason there was no impact.…So, what I'm doing now is putting those lights low…and hopefully maybe they'll drift up…into her new outfit.…
It's a little different.…It'll flow a little differently.…
- 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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