When you have an idea for a photo and you think that it could work, pursue it. You will be able to refine the photo as you go along so you can capture what you imagine. In this video, author Joe McNally takes you through his thought process when he shot his first photo in the series of belly dancer photos.
- [Narrator] I have no idea how it's going to work out,…I have no idea the ultimate expression of this yet.…I have a notion.…I think it's a good notion.…I'm going to pursue it, see where I can go with it.…I mean, that first setup was kind of a go to school,…okay, this is not going to work as a room.…So, we're going to drop the environment out of the room.…I'm glad we have black material with us.…We're going to just do something elegant and dramatic…sans environment, and concentrate on her,…'cause she's lovely, she's beautiful.…
So, let's concentrate on the beauty of her dance expression…as opposed to an environmental portrait.…Here, the keynote I think is just…the exotically beautiful nature…of the dance art form she's expressing.…So, let's go there.…And it is, occasionally, fun to have a juxtaposition,…like an elegant beautiful dancer on the edge of a cliff,…or in a loading dock…in a big city someplace…with smoke coming out of the sewers and grates,…and that juxtaposition can be very visually interesting.…
But this juxtaposition is not visually interesting,…
- 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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