As a creative person, we are often pushed to do what the client is wanting us to do. I believe that we should always give them exactly what they want, plus a lot more, but at times we are limited to shooting on simple backgrounds, boring locations or just not enough time. Once in a while, you must cross the line and do something for yourself! It’s your job to express your feelings on an image or video, but other wise you are just a button pusher. Sure it takes time, plus some money to make it happen, but it is always worth the cost in the end. Just think if you never did one thing for yourself where would you be now?
All creatives should cross the line at least once everyday to make sure we are still alive. Keep crossing the line!
We don’t get many of these days down in the south, but when they do arrive, it makes for some interesting times. I couldn’t think of too many things that I would want to shoot in the snow other than people, so I decided to take my family out and play around in the white stuff with them.
So if your thinking of shooting in the snow, I would think about two things. The number one thing is to protect your camera from all the elements. Ice and Snow which will turn into water are some of the most dangerous things you will ever run into. The second most important thing is to turn off that automatic mode. Now, I know you can shoot raw files and do it in post, but why when you don’t have too.
There are a ton of different things on the market that can protect your camera from all the weather. The difference is that you don’t have time to order something or time to run down to the local camera store, which I highly recommend. (You want them to stay in business, right.) If this is not an option, then turn to your good old fashion trash bags. I have even used them on professional shoots when we didn’t pack our Aquatech gear. It may not be a fashion statement, but it will protect your investment in your gear.
Now for the automatic mode on your camera, I know you do it. Sometimes it is just easy to turn it to the automatic mode. Easy is good in most cases, but you might want a little more control of the camera. The problem with this is that the lovely white snow that is everyplace with throw off your meter on your camera. That meter is what is determining your exposures on your automatic camera settings. I saw a few people out shooting today with their cameras. I noticed that most of them kept chipping on the back of the camera, of course we all do it, but in this case they couldn’t get the exposures they wanted. Most of them would just give up and keep shooting, but when they got back home they will notice that they are under exposed. I like to shoot in manual mode when possible, so that I can control the aperture and shutter so that I can do what ever I want with the camera. When shooting on these lovely snow days, I will actually open up the exposure so that I am between one stop and sometime two stops brighter than what the camera is telling me. This will help off set what is happening with the extra light that is bouncing back at the camera sensor.
So get back out there and make some more images, but let’s try it on the manual mode or adjust the exposure compensation on the other modes to make sure you get the perfect picture. Remember: HAPPY SNAPPING!
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It’s very often that as photographers, we forget to make adjustments since we move so fast and our time is limited when you have a professional star in front of you even if it’s a rock star, NFL star, or a movie star. Most shoots with famous people can usually last between one minute up to on average 20 minutes since their time is so limited. So with all the pressure of the world on your backs, you only get a few moments to make one look with usually a list of looks that your art director, boss, creative team, or magazine editor is looking at for the ad or story.
The same is the case when it comes to sports media days. You have a full list of items to carry out, so it is really hard to come up with something creative in your short about of time. In the case with this years, Charlotte Bobcats Media Day, we had about 15 minutes with each player rolling through, plus a little time to make some group shots. We had 18 different players rolling through with a shot list of images needed for all the different outlets including the head shots. In some years, we have done extra set ups, but we had too many shots this year to try to pull it off without adding extra photographers.
To help with adding a more dramatic look and still take all the images on a white seamless, we decided to have a different setup on the same background to help with this look. This is where the Pocket Wizards Multi Max Transceivers really came into effect. I just programmed one side of the lights to work in one formula, and then I could make quick adjustments to the lights according to the location of the athlete, plus add some other stuff about lighting without having to move more than two feet away from the subject. Time is your most important asset at these types of shoots, so adding this to the mix really gives you a great extra look.
Here is one of the images from the shoot.
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