Throughout the Covid-19 Pandemic I have continued to create photographic images but my normal method of being in the same space as the subject had to change to being remotely connected via the internet. There are a number of ways to achieve a virtual/remote photoshoot and I will describe here the main approach I have adopted.
The fundamentals of a remote shoot are the same as are required for a real world photoshoot:- You need a photographer and a willing subject. The photographer needs to know how to compose an image, be able to communicate their wishes, listen to and act on the ideas of the subject, understand how light works. The main difference to a real world photoshoot in the method I use is that an app (e.g. Zoom/Facetime) and the subject’s mobile phone is used instead of a camera (other methods are sometimes available where the subject has a dslr camera and can allow the photographer to remotely adjust settings). To be clear this is not a selfie as the photographer presses the virtual shutter when they want to capture the image, with my method this means taking a screengrab, so the decision of what moment to capture remains with the photographer as it would in a real world shoot. There are many similarities to a real world photoshoot but some things have become very evident to me after conducting so many of these shoots: – A strong stable internet connection is crucial, the photographer needs to be prepared to give lots and lots of polite instructions e.g. where to ask the model to position the phone/camera for each set of shots,as well as direction for poses etc, so it is crucial that both parties know what is involved before participating.
The pandemic has been a nightmare for the creative community as it has been for so many people but remote shooting has helped my creative well being to stay healthy. In addition an enormous helping of fun has been had during the shoots which has been very helpful in these difficult times.
Will I continue with Remote/Virtual shoots when I can return to conventional shooting? Yes, I would love continue in addition to conventional shoots.