Archive for Location Work

Personal Projects and Getting Work

Posted: April 15th, 2016

Success Story Series  – Part 3 [by Todd Joyce] I’ve done several personal projects and I have to say that the work that I received as a result, and what I’ve learned from them have been worth every minute/hour/day/week and month spent. One of the most rewarding projects was my 30 day portrait project.  [...]

One Good Thing Leads to Another

Posted: April 14th, 2016

Success Story Series  – Part 2 [by Todd Joyce] A year ago, I had a two month recovery after a major surgery. Coming back to work was a slow and draining process. Too big of a job could set back my recovery, so I had to choose what I did wisely. The first job I [...]

Listening and Looking for Solutions

Posted: April 13th, 2016

Success Story Series – Part 1 [by Todd Joyce] A very large law firm contracted me to photograph headshots for their company. It was stressed to me that the lawyers’ time is very valuable, especially if they were a partner at the firm, so we had to be as efficient as possible. The marketing director also [...]

A Five Step Program for Producers

Posted: July 13th, 2015

[by Richard Kelly] A good producer listens, stays organized and communicates well. A great producer does those things and predicts the future, moves a ton of atoms with ease and shifts time on demand. I was a producer for many years often pairing up my skills as a first assistant and later as a photographer. [...]

A Seriously Crazy Group Portrait

Posted: February 28th, 2014

[by Chris Winton-Stahle] An advertising agency called us with a great concept they felt would be a good fit for our team. The art director explained, “We want a high-energy group portrait of 100 hospital administrators, doctors, and construction workers all standing in front of the new hospital wing, throwing hard hats in celebration of [...]

Working in a Deep Freeze

Posted: February 27th, 2014

[by Gail Mooney] There’s an old saying “Showing up is 80% of life”.  I suppose there’s some truth to that, but if you simply “show up” on most photo shoots, you’ll most likely blow the job. It’s hard to pick just one assignment to write about, in terms of having to deal with a challenge [...]

That Was Easy

Posted: February 24th, 2014

[by Bruce Katz] The upcoming assignment was really simple. I was shooting the lobby of one of NYC’s most famous buildings at 5 AM. On set with me was the head of the agency for the project. He took me aside to outline the upcoming key shot for the buildings marketing campaign – an exterior [...]

Lighting on Location

Posted: August 22nd, 2012

[by Richard Kelly] As a location based photographer, my equipment needs to be easily transportable, easy to set up and easy to use. Years ago I adopted wireless remotes and switched from packs to mono lights to streamline the wires on my location setups. My current favorite piece of lighting gear is the new Vagabond [...]

Photo Vest Be Gone

Posted: August 25th, 2011

[By Shannon Fagan] Photo nerds beware, there is a new vest on the market.  I like it so much, that I, er, uh, well, okay…I nerded out and bought two of them.  My discovery could be the perfect addition to gear up for photography this Fall. Scottevest is a company focusing on travel gear for [...]

Gear to Go

Posted: October 16th, 2009

[by Judy Herrmann] About 8 years ago, after 12 years of being strictly studio photographers, we shot on location professionally for the very first time.  Preparations were stressful, to say the least.  We were so nervous about not having something we’d need that we practically brought the entire studio along.  We got through the shoot [...]

Tagging Images with GPS

Posted: October 15th, 2009

[by Peter Krogh] When I’m looking for one of my images, one of the most valuable tools I can use is the location list in Lightroom or Expression Media.  My awareness of where a picture was taken is deeply tied to my memory of that image. By using Country. State, City and Location tags, I [...]

Tips for Shooting on Location

Posted: October 14th, 2009

[by Gail Mooney] I’ve been shooting “on location” for over 30 years.  That’s all I do – location shoots.  Each job and location vary greatly, and that is the challenge of location shooting. So the key is to be prepared for a variety of issues, problems and challenges that you may encounter on location. Here’s [...]

The Executive

Posted: October 13th, 2009

[by Sean Kernan] Someone once said that executive portraiture is basically a still life problem. Still, crabby execs do things like turning up for their portraits early while you’re still setting up and insisting that you shoot right away because they have a meeting. On one annual report shoot an angry VP of Something-Or-Other walked [...]

Dealing With Security

Posted: October 12th, 2009

[by Paul Bartholomew] This is one of those situations you can never be too prepared for. I often do commercial architectural photography projects that involve public locations. Security or police may be notified or notice photography going on and may become suspicious. People tend to feel uneasy when someone is photographing certain areas. I wish [...]