Although, I shoot a lot of events, sports, and travel photography (fast pace photography as I call it), I just got my first "high glossy" magazine gig. It will be to shoot a subject in the foreground with rail lines in the middle ground and an old historic train station in the background. The image should have enough negative space for text and a bit of balance.
- Take a day trip prior to site and do some test shots for different composition ideas
- Determine 5 or so locations to shoot from: indoor, outdoor, focus on the architecture and detail, focus on the whole thing in one shot that will cover accent shots and the subject's head shot
- Shoot at the golden as a very light tasteful HDR and in one frame.
- Shoot with the subject in the image and without and attempt a composite
- Shoot a bit wider to give the graphic designer enough cropping space
- Shoot with and without flash.
- Ideally I might shoot at 30 mm, close enough that I can see good detail in the subject's face but far enough that I see the whole building.
- In terms of composition, the subject should look comfortable yet confident in their own skin and outfit, positioned so they're not looking at the gutter of the image, and a bit more "highlighted" than the building behind them.
- Client wants a sample "composition proof" of images before full blown out shoot with lighting and make up. I plan to send them the proofs within hours and discuss with their art director the best picks for the event.
- Maintain the same style/theme/post processing in the image I'm shooting so it's consistent with the overall document.
- Overall I'm hoping to give them 15 shots (they asked for 10), the extra 5 will be the 'extra' work or cover mock-up that I can provide
Any additional advice or critique that you can give from your experience is much appreciated!