Image Selection: Building Environment
We'll go to the cargo bay. We've got Ken eating a rice bowl. Oh actually no, I thought these were tests from the night before. So we are testing light. Where did we pick up? We put some beanies on. We got the light going there. Kind of like that. And again it's just kind of like the emotion and what feels believable or feels exciting. Also for a shoot like this, I probably wouldn't pay attention on the first round but I would certainly go through on another round and I would be looking at atmosphere and smoke in the top right and I would pick frames that I may be able to compose into the final image if it changed much. It looks like so far it's not changing that drastic. I like kind of some of the quieter moments too. It's always a fine line for me of you know something feeling to showy or like propped versus the moment where it feels like the really interacting with it. That's also, and this is not a slight against anyone, but that's also sometimes. Again we've talked a little bit abo...
ut the difference between models versus actors. And how they kind of fit into a role and I talked with some of the models back stage before we went out and shot and I don't know if I really addressed this but we talked about kind of motivating and directing your subject. So I talked to Erin for example about do you prefer context or do you want me to kind of just pose you. And she felt more comfortable just being posed. So I didn't say like, maybe joking sometimes, but I wasn't like imagine that you are looking over the edge of a boat and you just dropped your keys into the water something like that. Cause again sometimes with photography we are just posing, we are just simply getting someone looking right and hopefully you get an emotion that ties that all in. But I was more posing people in these shoots. But what I wanted to say was there was one time, actually when I was doing the uniform, there was a couple of actors and a couple of model, and most of the people were just people who hadn't been in a photo shoot before. But I thought were right for the role, but there was one gentleman who I worked with who was an actor, he does theater and television and things like that. And he was someone that I worked with in terms of creating context and he wanted to know who his character is and what is he going through what is he experiencing. So we talked about a range of emotions and he was someone who had a cigarette and it was everything is green. The cigarette is green the box is green and man he took that cigarette and he like lit it and he smoked it and he enjoyed it and he didn't really, but watching him, I just let him do his thing at that point and I just had shivers down my back. It was the craziest thing. It was like, the only thing I can compare it to is like someone has a really soothing voice sometimes and it just kind of lulls you into a trance and it was just like that. Just simply you could feel the energy and connection he had to this character and to the act of lighting this cigarette even though it wasn't even real. And that was for me really powerful and realizing wow when someone acts. They transform into the character like that the benefit of actually giving them that context and not just posing because I would have actually lost out on that experience had I just posed him. And he probably wouldn't have felt as comfortable either but I think there really is a distinction between the two and importance in understanding when and how to use that. I kind of feel like I like the ones where she's not looking right at camera. For some reason when she looks at camera it kind of feels like she's too aware. For a minute I was thinking I wish I had moved around a little bit more but that may not be the final feeling but I think that's why it's important to explore and that's a good example again. And we've talked about technical versus broad not even just in lighting but when you set up on a tripod there's not really a lot of movement and when you do move you really got to think it through. For me in this picture in particular moving a tripod means you're done with that. There's no capturing other plates. You gotta make sure you got all your elements and so there are real trade offs. And I'm not saying I won't have a picture here that I love but sometimes you see something later that's like oh gosh hopefully I moved or maybe I'll find something that feels different, but when you see like 10 or 15 images in a row that are off you might be like oh now I should have moved her a little further left or something like that. And that's again why exploring is so important. Because there's not a lot to explore when the shoots over.
From these do you remember what prompts you were giving your models in general? Does that have any impact or you're just solely focused on.
I don't really remember and I don't know that it would matter to me. But it's for me just right now it's just about the image and how it feels regardless of how we got there. I do like the knife, and that's the other cool thing because the camera is on tripod though we can put that knife in any picture even the ones that it wasn't in. If I decide that I like an earlier on first or something. I think we're nearing the end here. So here we got our ones. We're down to 20 again I'm going a little fast. I feel like I like the ones where she's looking this way a little better. This ones actually interesting. This one's kind of cool. Alright so we've got those. We're down to four. I like this, I'm not totally sold on the expression. Sometimes depending, there might be one really similar with the right expression but this was like so close, I would look and see if I had an expression that fit in and comp it all together. I do like this one also which is very similar to this. This one the light on this one's really cool. And again I have to decide is that influencing me completely or do I actually really like this picture because I mean probably we could get any of these to look like that. But I think I do just really like the pose too, so I'm gonna mark it. So here I'll let you guys. You got three. So we got one, two, three. Three? Oh unanimous, I like three too. I think three's pretty fun.
I have a technical question. When you are shooting are you shooting on external plate, an internal plate drive, so are you mirroring how are you get sure that something happens on the set for example your computer is getting broke so to have all the pictures. So do you make dual storage?
Yes I have to talk to josh about what he did on this particular shoot but typically I mean the arrangement and I'm sure he did we'll always shoot. You have to shoot to the computer. It gets really buggy if you shoot to a hardrive. We've tried that before. So always shoot to the computer and we'll have a backup running and then again I have to think, I don't know exactly what we did this time and that's kind of the benefit of having a tech. Someone who thinks about it for you. But we will always have at least three copies. Like last night we had four copies. So josh took one home, I took one home, I also had it on my computer and I think we left a copy here, so it's just redundancy for you know physical damage, or theft, or fire, or whatever it is. And it's just kind of spreading it out. Especially we do that whenever traveling. So like not everyone should have all the data on one drive in case who knows what TSA or stolen luggage or something like that so but yeah we're always trying to keep a constant backup while shooting and whether the second backup happens at that point or later I'm not entirely sure but backing up you can't do it enough. I've been burned I've experienced the worst of the worst.
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