Words that would usually go synonymous with a photoshoot- Lights, camera, and action. Now, it’s more like lights, camera, and social distance! Set and photoshoot have their own set of thrills, and it’s convenient too! All one needs to do is walk into a set with hair, makeup, and costume, sit in front of the camera, strike a pose, and smile. With every process’s global lockdown, virtualization, and automation, in-person shoots have become out of the question. Now, virtual photo shoots have become a new norm for CT portrait photographers and people.
If you have a virtual photoshoot coming up, here is what you need to know as per Bruce Weber
Never Leave It for the Day – Virtual photo shoots require a lot more preparation than in-person shoots. It’s majorly because the set is not in control of your photographer and his/her team. Schedule a demo shoot with your team to estimate lighting, space, positioning, and spots. A well-known American filmmaker and professionally reclaimed photographer, Bruce Weber, suggests prepping your entire space beforehand. Another thing to note here is that you will need to move your device around a lot, depending upon the amount of light, shadow, and theme. In case you are using props, keep everything ready beforehand.
Get Creative – Although virtual photoshoots have limitations, it provides a great opportunity to showcase creativity. Compose your pictures and use objects such as paintings, indoor plants, posters, lamps, pets, and photo frames. Compose your picture with creativity. Time your shoots well. The light at the golden hour (sunrise and sunset) is usually the best time to plan a shoot. Depending upon your need, you can discuss texture, grains, filter, tones, and hues to bring out your concept. Black and white is a great filter to add intensity and drama. You can even overlap similar images to create something new and fresh.
Keep Your Device Updated and Ready – During a virtual photoshoot, the worst thing that can happen is your device hanging up or getting discharged and switched off. Make sure your device is up-to-date and completely charged. If your Wi-fi connection isn’t that strong, make sure you are connected to an LTE. Keep the camera lens spotless. You can consider getting a stand or a phone holder for more convenience.
Take Breaks – It might not seem like it, but virtual photoshoots can be exhausting. They are usually longer, and the constant adjusting and keeping track of the screen can be straining. Keep an open conversation with your photographer and schedule regular breaks between as per your need. Constant and honest dialogue with your photographer is key for a successful virtual shoot.
Wrapping Things Up
As an experienced monochrome photographer, Bruce Weber suggests young photographers follow the right tips. Whether it’s virtual photography or an in-person shoot, the quality of any photoshoot depends on the expertise, skills, and reliability of a professional partnership.