A shoot where you photograph a dancer is one where a photo assistant is incredibly valuable if not necessary. Why is having a photo assistant important? In this video, author Joe McNally discusses how he and his photo assistant worked together to create a lighting setup that fit the world of the photo that Joe envisioned.
- This is one of those shoots where an assistant becomes…incredibly valuable.…Yay, necessary. You know.…I ran John's legs off because he was constantly changing.…We were changing the density of the hot lights.…I started with like three or four flashes.…I ended up just using one. This is a one light picture.…One flash and she is looking up into this Octa Softbox…with an egg crate into it so that the light didn't spread…all over the set.…And she is popped with that light.…The only other things that are happening on the set is…the steady flow from the hot lights.…
Why don't you get on your spot and let me kind of locate…this and tell me if I am on ya?…- It's a little too high. Probably should be shorter.…Come down a little bit.…That's probably good.…- Up a little bit, up a little bit, up a little bit.…You're clear. Alright, pan that way, just a touch.…Yay, fade it. Okay, cool. Let's try that.…Alright, John, let's feather this camera left…and let's actually lower it. I think I got a little more.…
- [Interviewee] The placement of the lights,…
- 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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