5 Things You Should Think About When Planning Your Shooting
Having an idea to organize a photo shoot is great. However, just having an idea is not enough. Also, you can’t just show up at the location with the camera and call it a day. There are some important things to be organized and pre-planned for a photo shoot and we are going to show you some of the most crucial ones. So, if you plan to organize a shooting soon, here is a small guide.
Come Up With A Concept
The first step is coming up with a concept for your shoot. Is there a story you’d like to tell? Is this for your portfolio, or a client? Basically, the concept can be anything, and the sky is the limit. Do whatever you want, but if you struggle with the ideas here are some things to consider:
- What are your favorite movies, books, and music videos? Could you maybe have a concept similar to those?
- Is there a specific location that you have in mind that inspires you? Or is there a model that is y our inspiration?
- Do you want to tell a story or invoke a certain emotion from your life?
On the other hand, if you are organizing a shoot for a client, you have to communicate properly with them and see what they have in mind, too. Ask them questions, have simple casual chats about their ideas and visions, what they would like to wear, what’s the purpose of the shoot, etc. All this can help you come up with a concept that you’re both going to love.
Decide on the Location
Now that you have a concept in mind or you’ve organized everything with your client, it’s time to find a location. You maybe already have your own studio where you accept clients that want shoots in studios and that’s great. If you don’t have one and you need it, you can always find great services for studio rental Miami and find the space that has all that you need and want.
On the other hand, if your concept requires some other location that is not a studio, make sure to do your research. Also, through talking to your client, you would know what type of location they want - whether it’s somewhere in nature, field, city, etc. Just make sure to consider your concept, the story you want to tell, and of course some permits and fees if they need to be arranged.
Come up With an Inspiration Board
Now that you have an idea and a location, it’s time to get some inspiration. It may happen that you and/or your client don’t know what you want until you see it, and that’s where inspiration boards come in handy. Pinterest is the biggest platform for finding inspiration, so give it a visit and look around. Combine your own ideas with your clients, create the board and present it to them. This way, they will be able to visualize everything and provide you with some changes and suggestions if any are needed.
Find a Model
If you are not working for a specific client with their own ideas, and you are working on your own concept or even a commercial shoot, you will probably need models to make this come to life. If you’ve never worked with models, you might struggle with finding them, but everything is going to depend on your needs. For example, take these suggestions:
- For more experienced models, contact modeling or talent agencies.
- Find models through groups on social media
- If the shoot is personal to you, you can ask your friends to model for you.
- Send out a model call to your friends or clients.
- Get a signed model release always!
After you’ve found the models, you can start working on styling that will complement your concept and visions.
When you’ve planned everything so far, it is time to make it happen. Also, this is when you are going to have to plan lighting techniques that will help you create photos that you imagine. And even if you are only using natural light, consider a reflector or any other way to slightly modify lighting for better effect. Also, see if you’re going to need an assistant or two, depending on how much gear you have and how big is the project.
Also, when it comes to light, consider these few things:
- How big or small is the space?
- Will photos have a specific vantage point and what do you need to make it happen?
- Think about angles and how you can execute them
- Make sure you have enough batteries
- And list every piece of equipment you’re going to need in order to set up the proper lighting.
That’s it! These are the most crucial elements that you need to plan before you start shooting. It may seem overwhelming, but even if you are a beginner with a detailed plan you can manage anything!
Eve Anderson is a marketing specialist turned blogger. Interested in sports and exciting travel destinations. Love to share content that can inform people