|What type of preparation do you do before undertaking the photo session?
Um... make sure my batteries are charged. And an adequate map on hand.
I check my equipment list, and scout the location if there is time.
I like to have a preproduction meeting or phone conference with the people involved to solve doubts and have things clear. And the day and night before the shooting I make a careful inventory of the equipment needed, so that nothing will be left out. Sometimes you are talking about once in a lifetime opportunities and others there is no second chance to make that shot taken.
Cela dépend, mais au moins vérifier que je n'oublie rien, et que les batteries sont pleines.
Make sure everything is still working.
I'll do some research on the subject/company if its a bigger client.
Occasionally a photo will pop fully formed into my mind before the shoot which I then reproduce.
As a "documentary" style photographer, though, I generally go into the shoot "prepared for anything."
Just open my mind, in the end it is just about playing with lights and shadows.
I plan and storyboard the whole thing like a mini movie-
props locations and motivation.
Before each session, we prepare individually for it, doing extensive consultations to determine the personalities of those we will be documenting.
Get stuff, batteries, lots of batteries, I shoot with film so get film. Make sure all my stuff & junk works, and works good. I wake up prepared, but sometimes my equipment needs a bit coaxing. WORK YOU PIECE OF JUNK!
I research the area, what types of flora, fauna, animals and birds are found there. Then I research the habits of the wildlife present, the seasons when the flowers bloom and what other interesting things are in the area. I try to review some images from the area to get an idea of what has already been shot in order to be able to look for more unique images.
It really depends on what I am shooting. For a product or still life, a lot more revisualization is necessary. For anything architectural or nature type photography I usually bring what I need and that is about it for "preparation".
I discuss the requirements with the client before the shoot, then prepare a list of shots the client wants, shots I would like and a few different shots that if I have time at the end of the shoot I can do. The list makes sure I tick all the boxes for the client and has some fun shots for me too.
It all depends on the shoot. I do try to help my clients prepare as much as possible so the shoot goes smoothly. Often I e-mail some prep-work that can be done to ensure a great shoot.
Listen to music. Tap into my internal energy.
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