Find and photograph people with interesting costumes
Input their name, email and photo # into my text app on my phone
Rinse and Repeat for a few hours
Email photos to people with small watermark of my website (don't count on your subjects to remember your site)
Possibly use photos in my portfolio
Possibly make a blog-post about the experience
You must be a director:
Since my subjects were "real" people and not models or actors, 99 percent of them needed to be directed. I started with a gaffer tape line on the floor at a 45% angle, facing the beauty-dish, which was a great place to start. Some small talk to put them at ease and then I started guiding them: "Great! now turn your upper body a bit towards me. Nice! Now, bring your right arm up to your collar like you're trying to fix it. That's looks GREAT! Now look at my friend and don't laugh (pretty much a guarantee with Hardy). "I love your costume, did you make that yourself? (take photo while they are thinking or talking). And so forth…
After a few minutes of shooting and directing my subject, a line started to form and it stayed that way for most of the night. I wasn't sure what I had gotten myself into as I tend to do be mobile and only approach people I want to photograph. It was a challenge to forget the background (this is why I'm an environmental portrait guy and not a studio photographer) and photograph people for the sake of photographing people. Great learning experience. I also realized that the black board I stuck on the wall was too small, that you could see the gaffer-tape and that the mural behind it might have been a lot more interesting and relevant (mexican mural). Oh well! Not really my style of shooting but I learned from it, shared some cool photos, made connections and had a lot of fun. It's always worth it if you get a few laughs out of it. Even better when you get invited to a Day of the Dead after party.
The "minimalist" gear:
2 Einstein 640 flash units, 1 Beauty Dish, 1 Reflector, 1 Mini-Vagabond battery pack with a backup battery 2 Stands, 2 pocket wizards and receiver, 1 Camera (5d mark 2 if you must know), 1 24-70mm Canon Lens @ f8, 1/80sec, ISO 100, 1 Small "Gatorade" bottle of sweet concoction (it was a celebration after-all :), 1 Back-drop (2 folded black-boards tapped together for portability), 1 Gaffer Tape
- University of AlaskaAdministrative Assistant, present
- University of Alaska Fairbanks
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