Learning Activity – Planning a Fashion Shoot.

Learning Activities

First thing to know is what kind of shoot you are preparing for, in this case it would be a “Fashion, lifestyle, beauty and portrait” shoot.

Next up is deciding upon or figuring out the concept, be it already pondered and in place or what you want to create for the shoot.A concept may be specified by a client as well, but it still needs to be looked over and understood so going over it an extra time should always be a habit.By doing this you may want to create or have a moodboard in place to communicate your thoughts in an illustrative way to the people you are working with.

Knowing this, the selection of tools for the job would be gathered and checked.
The second thing to be considered is the location and what time of day or even night is the most suitable for the shoot you are planning.

The next step would be to arrange for a model and a stylist if this is needed. The moodboard will come in handy here to give the stylist some idea of what you want for the shoot on their part.  after the thoughts and ideas for the shoot has been communicated it is usually good etikette to leave the stylist to do her “magic”. Same as a photographer have learned a set of skills and the creativity to do the work well, so does a stylist know what to do and be creative with the job they are assigned.

The duties of the photographer are more than just taking the pictures.
As a professional photographer you have to make all the preparations including everything mentioned so far. This includes all the necessary bookings of equipment, a studio for the shoot if needed, as well as getting all the necessary permissions if you are shooting in a private area or location. Sometimes this includes even some public places.

Booking a crew and ensuring everyone have what they need to execute the shoot is the short version of it.this includes the model, stylist and maybe even catering if it is a big shoot.Food and water are essential and maybe even some music is a good addition to any shoot.

A time schedule is also nice to work with for everyone. This means creating one and handing it out to the crew, preferably a few days in advance so you can work out any kinks with your crew if any.

Equipment for the shoot.The camera, ideally a DSLR to ensure that you as a photographer are in control of the image and the shooting done (Cell phone cameras have software and post processing done the images after they are taken).  The images will go through post processing after the shoot, but you want to be in control of this.

In the Alice in Wonderland shoot portrayed in this module the photographer made good use of the natural light, this is always ideal but sometimes it is good to have access to a light box to illuminate the model and the scene you are shooting.

A tripod is always good to have access to, whether or not you use it in the en does not matter as long as you did not end up needing it and it was not available.

I would also bring along a few lenses for the DSLR, mainly a 50 mm lens as well as a wide angle lens.

A camera bag including extra batteries and memory cards as well as chargers for everything that runs on batteries.

 

  • Plan a Snow White themed fashion shoot.

First thing i would do is scout out some locations with the vibe i am looking for, this enhances the imagery of the shoot in its own way.

Create a moodboard and the concept for the shoot.

I would then hire a model or talk to someone that would be interested in modeling for the shoot.This along with someone to perform the duties of a stylist and make up artist.

Story boarding is a nice tool to take advantage of in this stage. however i would not let myself be restricted by it, some freedom is paramount in taking good images.

Next i would communicate a time schedule and go over all the equipment need for the shoot to ensure i have what is needed for taking some good images.

Time schedule example :

10:00 – 10:30 –  Meet and greet on location.
10:30 – 12:00 – Photo crew prepares the gear for the shoot and set up everything.The model is prepared and clothed by stylists and make up artist.
12:00 – short 15-30 min break.
12:30 – 14:00 First round of shooting.
14:00 – 30 Min break.
14:30 – 15:00 Model is restyled by artist and stylist.
15:00 – 16:00 Second round of shooting.

 

Thank you for reading – J

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