There are moments, when you feel like you have an idea for a concept photoshoot you want to do, but feeling it will be too much or how to make a path that leads to successful final result? Still stuck? Worry not I have listed a process I tried, which might help you as well to stay on track.
Step 1 - Write down you idea
- Writing your idea on a piece of paper will not only help you to remember it. The written words will also help you to modify it as you start processing your idea.
- When an idea pops out in your mind write it down immediately in a note pad, book, diary, or a blank paper.
- Keeping a small note book with you either in a car, wallet, bed room or working area will help you to write and remember your ideas and useful key information.
- For example - I wanted to create a photo manipulation. The concepts was "QUEST" in which, A girl handing a lantern in the woods while wearing the red hood.
- For QUEST project - I wrote in my notebook beside my bed to check back later.
- Third day from writing the idea down, I visited that page again and made a moodboard of my ideas and inspiration.
Step 2 - Research your Idea
- Now you have an idea / concept in your mind, lets start by writing more about the idea.
- Idea - I want to photograph someone holding a lantern in Red riding hood theme.
- Place - Woods
- You can also start by listing items / or scouting the location you need for the photoshoot.
- Things Needed- Red hood/ cloth/ bed-sheet
- Equipments - Off Camera Flash, Stand, Pocket Wizards, Camera, lens with big f stop number.
- Model - Ask your friends/post on Facebook you will get someone who wants to volunteer for you.
Step 3 - Plan the shoot
- After listing all your needs about the concept photoshoot.
- Share your mood board with your model and plan your calendar for the shoot.
- Make sure you check the weather one day of shooting prior to your shoot, also if you can visit your location before the shoot "Thank me later".
- Research if your selected location is safe to be for certain hours, ask for permission if the location belongs to someone.
- Contact your model with whole story, location, date and time.
Step 4 - The big Day
- Collect all the stuff you have listed for the shoot a night before and contact your model prior to the shoot.
- Don't forget food / water for yourself and the model, you never know how long it will take "Be ready".
- Make sure you have backup of almost everything camera, lens, memory cards, flash, light-meter, pocket wizards, tripod, because you never know what kind of error you may face in the field.
- Check your location for any dangerous thing on the surface, metal, nails, broken glass "Safety first".
- Practise the shoot and setup the props before your model arrive on the location.
- Check the batteries, white balance, also measure DOP and mark the positions of the photographer and the model)
- Shoot the concept and be patience. Keep reminding your self it was your idea and you have to make it.
- Don't just shoot and leave, instead shoot and review on big screen and make note if you have everything in focus. Once you are satisfied scream "PACK UP".
- Research and make notes from the shoot for future reference.
Step 5- Edit / Composite
- Don't forget to copy the original RAW files in backup drive before editing.
- Cull the images
- Edit the photo
- Pat yourself on the back for a successful project.
- Make a list of project you want to do or keep writing in the notebook and check frequently.
- Sleep for 24 hours
The Final Result