Thursday, July 22, 2010
|Staff at the end of Shoot|
So much of commercial photography is engineering. Clients usually supply you with who or what, maybe when, but solving the problems of where & how are your responsibility. Confronted with taking a photograph of a priceless 1933 Bugatti automobile on display in a museum exhibition meant we could not have it delivered to our studio. The museum had plenty of room to work in but shooting cars is one of the most difficult lighting tasks. The light source has to be larger than the object. When we shoot shiny, metallic vehicles outside, soft overcast morning or evening sunlight makes the entire sky the light source. But inside we have to assemble huge, complicated light banks. For this job the added complication was to construct, transport, then reassemble the light on location.