Preparation is everything!

6 09 2009

I’m just planning another photo shooting with two nice ladies taking place in two weeks. In the course of planning and preparation I realized once again how important this part is! A good preparation is everything for a successful shooting! Here are some things I have done and which I would like to recommend to you:

Location scouting:

Two weeks before the shooting date I always walk around the location to check the general and (especially) the light situation. Where is the sun at the planned shooting time? Are there any obstacles or do I need a shooting authorization? I always take some pictures from different locations in the area and send them to the models. So they can already have a look and prepare themselves for the situation. In this case I was able to create a nice overview of the harbor area in Basel. Use the actual communication technology! The following website was created in 10 minutes and shared to all involved people via facebook. The models can now choose their favorite locations:

Harbor overview

Contracts:

Another very important thing: Always send the shooting contracts to the models and the make-up artist before the shooting day! It’s stupid to loose time on location fighting with contracts. Everything has to be clear before the first picture is taken! I placed the different contracts directly on the web as pdf-files. So the models can download and complete the forms themselves. And hey: Never ever shoot without a contract!

This time I’ll try to shoot with the new Elinchrom Quadra system. It seems to be very useful  for shootings on different locations in a short time line. I’m looking forward to share some of the resulting pictures with you in a few weeks…and of course a making of video!

Cheers

Chris

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