Media Studio Shoot Preperation

A typical media studio tends to be quite dark which will present lighting challenges

A typical media studio tends to be quite dark which will present lighting challenges

Prior to the main shoot in the college media studios I did some research to prepare. I looked at what the client was after? Where I would be working? What I might need to take with me? What the images were to be used for and work by other professional photographers in this area.

The areas we will be using will have a range of illumination levels. It is unlikely there will be any natural light sources so all the lighting will come through the room’s electric lighting and an on camera flash. I may also be required to shoot with a high ISO and will need to consider the amount of noise that the images will generate.

I considered taking studio flash into the area but the spaces we are working in are quite confined and attempting to use studio light would make they areas overcrowded. We will also be working in a small time frame of around 1 hour to 90 mins. We will need to cover at least 3 areas in this time taking a range of images. The subjects we will be shooting are not used to being in such a situation so some persuasiveness and patience will be required.

The feedback from the department regarding the images is that they will be looking for images that they can use for the college prospectus and possibly create some enlargements that they can put on the walls of the area where they work.

Finally I did some research on images taken by professional photographers of music artists at work.

One of the first things I noticed about these is that they often include this control panel that has hundreds of switches on. This was something I was going to look at for my images as the repeating pattern creates an interesting effect.

There also seems to be quite a few black and white images. These add a feeling of atmosphere and I will see how that can work with my images.

I noticed there is an even mix of images where the artist is looking at the camera or concentrating on what they are doing, in all the images though the subjects look comfortable and natural and this is also something that I will be hoping to recreate.

Snoop and Dre In Studio

Snoop Doggy Dogg takes an active approach in the studio.

This image shows Snoop Dogg in the studio but he appears to be lost in thought. He is not looking at the camera but does not appear to be focusing on any of the controls. It may be that he is listening to a playback of recently recorded music. There looks to be a flash used as the person in the foreground appears to be quite over exposed but this is probably exaggerated by his white shirt.

The photographer has made sure that the large control panel and some other areas of the studio have been included as part of the environment, this ensures that even if the viewer did not know the people in it they would be in no doubt that they are musician.

Eminem is considered to be the best rap music star in the world. Here is is pictured with his long time collaborator Dr Dre.

Eminem is considered to be the best rap music star in the world. Here is is pictured with his long time collaborator Dr Dre.

In this image both the artists appear to be concentrating on the work. The photographer has used an unusual position and got low down to his subject. It is possible that he used a wide angle lens in order to get as much of the environment in as possible. This image makes great use of the control panel and its lines of switches lead in the eye.

The subject in the front looks slightly over exposed again and it is possible that the photographer has used a flash from the front to illuminate them.

James Whale is on London Radio Metro.

James Whale is on London Radio Metro.

James Whale was a popular DJ and here is has been pictured during a broadcast. The photographer has been sure to include the microphone and enough of the environment to be sure about what he is doing. If the image was taken to close up it may have looked like he is singing but the body posture and the fact he is sitting makes you realise that he is talking.

Once again he appears to be over exposed from a strong light source slightly to the left of the photographer.

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