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Trent Whittington
Shooting People - How do you go about it?
on Jul 21, 2009 at 12:03:06 pm

At the moment I am trying with a friend to shoot a few experimental videos just containing images of people standing still and looking straight down the camera lens. We have had trouble getting people to participate.

Is there any tips you would suggest on getting the public to take part in a non-profit shoot?

Then end result we are trying to get is similar to Philip Bloom's - Sofia's People. Which can be found here http://www.vimeo.com/4704533

We are shooting on a Canon XHA1S so I think maybe the video camera style is putting people off rather then a stills camera like the 5D MkII.

Trent Whittington - Currently studying Associate Degree in Digital Television

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Mark Suszko
Re: Shooting People - How do you go about it?
on Jul 21, 2009 at 2:50:12 pm

Have you thought about putting your camera behind a mirror?



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Rick Wise
Re: Shooting People - How do you go about it?
on Jul 21, 2009 at 6:39:32 pm

You can try "tricks" such as using a mirror. However, I strongly suspect that the way the shooter of Sofia's People got those results are by they way he/she interacted with each subject. The shooter had the charm and the verbal patter to relax subjects. This is a skill some people seem to have naturally, and many others of us have to work to acquire. Practice, practice, practice. Above all, start out relaxed yourself. Don't look for some "end." Instead, adapt to what is happening in front of your eyes and lens. Think of this as an exploration. You are out on a human adventure.

Rick Wise
director of photography
San Francisco Bay Area
and part-time instructor lighting and camera
grad school, SF Academy of Art University/Film and Video
http://www.RickWiseDP.com
http://www.linkedin.com/in/rwise
email: Rick@RickWiseDP.com


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Richard Herd
Re: Shooting People - How do you go about it?
on Jul 21, 2009 at 7:02:28 pm

In improv workshops we called that "yes and..." There are two simple rules.

1. Never say "no."
2. Always say "yes and..." add something to the conversation


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