Posting a little later in the day today as we’ve been busy with the marketing session at our High5 Workshop.
We’re off out this evening for more socialising time which I have a feeling may result in the dancing shoes making another appearance 🙂
So, before we head out I thought I’d share one of the pictures I worked on during the workshop where I went through the concept, props, lighting and then finally the retouching.
HUGE thanks to Quasher for not just modelling but being a great sport for this Tourist picture:
Again this was proof that giving someone a character to play can really help to make an image come together. Of course having props and clothing like the ones Quasher has in this picture makes it a lot easier for the model to get into character but what about for ‘normal’ photo shoots? I mean, you can’t really go giving every person you photograph props or special clothing to wear BUT you can still give them a character or rather a role to play.
What do I mean?
Well the best way to describe this I guess would be an example, and one that springs to mind would be from a photo shoot I had towards the end of last year.
I’d been hired to photograph a group of Bodybuilders, Cage Fighters and such like for an anti steroid campaign in Manchester. Now you’d maybe expect guys with such a physical presence would have no problem whatsoever in front of the camera and yeah most of them were fine…all except for one. This particular guy, a real formidable presence, was clearly uneasy being photographed.
Solution? Give him a character or a role to play. I got speaking to him about maybe playing the role of a doorman which went on the lines of….
“Imagine you’re a doorman, working at a night club” (Turned out he used to do exactly that) so then I went on to say “Ok so I’m the drunk guy that has turned up and wants to get in. I don’t want you to say anything, I just want you to stand there with your arms folded and give me the look that says ********!!!!!!”
Sure enough giving him this role and this situation he got so into it and yeah totally nailed the look; the kind of look that said “You’re NOT coming in!!!” In other words he completely forgot he was being photographed as himself but was rather being photographed as a Doorman.
Anyway this is something I do ALL the time and something I’d always recommend giving a try; it’s amazing how giving a character or role to play can totally change the photo shoot.
Right, must dash as we’ll be heading out soon so I’ll catch you back here tomorrow.