Monday, March 29, 2010
I will be adding many posts on testing this is my first one
Open up the dialog with the photographer.
I keep hearing “DeShawn the photographer didn’t listen to me, or the photographer shot it this way but I really needed a beauty shot.” The photographer isn’t omnipotent they don’t rule the test but they are not mind readers either. Testing is suppose to be a collaboration. Ahhhhhh but there’s always exceptions: if you’ve agreed to do the photographer a favor, i.e., the shoot is about his/her concept and you say okay, or you are called in as a replacement or you simply sit there like a mute and just blindly follow--then that is on you. I’ve worked with phenomenal photographers when I first started who wanted to hear what my contribution would be, what I envision for the shoot—even if its not what they were looking for they still asked. That is what I want for all of you. A photographer who wants to hear what you have to offer and need. Even if this is your very first shoot there should be discussion. Why? How in the world will you get out of the shoot what YOU need. When you’re looking for photographers to test with remember it should be a partnership (with everyone-hair, makeup styling and photographer.) Having a dialog with all on set is essential for you getting that great final picture. If you don’t have a dialog with the photographer how will you know about their lighting, positioning of shots, and yes their vision as well. You must speak up!!!!!!! I do not mean walk into set diva-all-mighty, no one wants that, but be prepared to offer your concept and be able to collaborate with all on set. I don’t mean to sound like a broken record, opps, sorry dating myself, a scratched CD. Open your mouths people!!!!!
Testing is a collaboration