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Photographing Your Costumes for Your Portfolio, Onstage and in the Studio
With Tara Maginnis
- SLR (Single Lens Reflex) Pro-type film camera, good adaptability, difficult to learn, but can produce highest quality results.
- Snapshot Camera Simple film camera, easy to use, cheap, but very limited in what it can do.
- Digital Cameras Do not use film, so they pay for themselves quickly, despite being fairly pricey. Models now available range from junk that makes disposable snapshot cameras look good, to fancy professional models that can do anything an SLR can do and more. Quality of images is counted in Mega pixels. Do not bother getting anything below 3MP. Most digital cameras are easier to operate than a normal SLR, but less easy than a snapshot camera.
- Fast film (400asa and higher) is good for low light and/or fast movement. 400asa is the slowest film you would dare use to film a brightly lit show indoors.
- Slow Film (360asa and lower) is good when using a tripod to photograph still objects for a long exposure, or for color- rich photos taken in bright outdoor light.
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- Daylight film (what you can buy anywhere), color is correct for outdoors and with flash, but will tint orange under incandescent and stage lights. Tints a little green-gray under fluorescent light.
- Tungsten film (For sale in specialty camera stores and online), color is correct for incandescent/stage lights, but tints blue outdoors in daylight. Also tints a little bit green-gray under fluorescent light.
Hints for taking Portfolio Pictures
- The Simon/Maginnis Family method: Take LOTS of photos and throw out the bad ones. If for some reason you cant take photos of an event, consider doing the wedding reception method: hand out lots of cameras to everyone, then gather them up, process the pictures, and see what you get.
- Not even Kodak can take pictures yesterday. Dont put it off. Start taking photos while you are building the costume and dont stop till you have several good shots of every aspect of the costume. A digital camera often encourages this because of its photos cheapness.
- Photograph important details up close. These are photographed best with bright, diffused lighting. You can use squares of heavy buckram as a diffuser on a clip light. If you are doing photos outdoors pick an overcast day, or get a couple of friends to hold a white bed sheet over your costume like a giant diffuser.
- Get a cheap tripod especially for studio shots. Then you can use slow film 200asa and lower for these shots to get the best color and detail. You can also take good photos of yourself in costume using a cameras timer.
- Clip lamps are a great thing, you can buy lots of them because they are cheap, but even if you use Reveal bluish looking bulbs, the light coming off them is orangey-yellow (tungsten), this means you will need to color correct some way, either with a blue filter on the camera, blue gels on the lights, tungsten (not daylight) film, or a lot of fiddling in Photoshop later.
- Mannequins look great if you spend just a few minutes adjusting and pinning the costume so it looks like a big puppet of the character. You can fatten out arms just by stuffing net into the cut off legs of a pair of pantyhose. Consider posing multiple characters together in relationships.
- You can make a great neutral backdrop for photos by sewing together two bed sheets. Put one end beneath the mannequin, and hoist the other over the top bar of a rolling rack, or a curtain rod.
- Photograph costumes on the performer(s) while they are in character. If you cant get the original performer(s), make sure your live model(s) or mannequin(s) stands in a characteristic attitude, not just like a lump.
- For photographing live performances use fast film, 400asa or HIGHER if you cant use a flash. Usually a flash is a bad idea even if it is allowed.
- WHEN TO SHOOT THE ACTORS: Good times to snap during a live show are at still moments, and at the ends of actions like the momentary "freeze" at the end of a musical number, or the second's pause of reaction in a fight. Even in a dancer's leap, the point at which the body is fully extended in the leap, is held a moment longer than the motions leading to it, and is besides, more visually exciting to look at.
- Try to get a formal photo call for posed shots of at least 2 hours put into the rehearsal/performance schedule for the show as early as possible so everyone expects it (the least annoying time is often just after the 1st Sunday matinee). Work out (with the other members of the production team) a list of which scenes you want to photograph, who is in them, and in what order, and make sure everyone has a copy so the process moves fast. Since these are posed shots you can use a tripod.
- Even a whiny uncooperative cast will willingly line up to pose for you backstage in character in costume if you tell them that you are taking their photos as their opening night gifts, and then order double prints so you can give them photos of themselves, and have a set to keep.
- If you do renderings, make sure that you also get a photo of the costume that demonstrates how closely it resembles your original drawing. You can ask performers to pose in a manner similar to your drawing, or choose a live onstage shot where the performer is in a similar pose.
- If your costume involves a spectacularly transforming makeup, make sure to get a face photo of the performer both with the makeup and without, so people can see the before and after difference.
- If you have done something clever to make the costume that isnt obvious while it is worn, do a detail photo of the inside where you have hidden your secret.
- Learn to use Adobe Photoshop (Adobe Photoshop Elements is fine too) for fixing color problems, removing extraneous background details, and combining photos into portfolio layouts.
- Portfolio page layouts (whether done in Photoshop or by normal scrap booking methods) are especially effective if they include multiple images of a costume. An ideal layout might include a rendering, a build and/or detail shot, a show shot, and a posed close-up. Swatches help too.
- You should try with your portfolio to state in simple visual terms what it is that you can do, by showing pictures of what you have done. Ideally, the portfolio should be clear even to somebody who cannot read the captions. HOWEVER, LABEL EVERYTHING ANYWAY SO PEOPLE LOOKING AT YOUR PORTFOLIO ARE SURE TO KNOW WHAT THEY ARE SEEING.
- For more info see my online article on taking Stage Photos of live shows: http://www.costumes.org/ADVICE/1pages/PHOTO.HTM
- For designing your portfolio, see my article on Costume portfolios at http://www.costumes.org/ADVICE/1pages/PORTFOLI.HTM
- The main two keys to building good portfolios are simple: collect information (renderings, sketches, swatches, photos, etc.) on everything you do, and edit and remount the new information you have every six to twelve months.
- Once you get good photos make a point of keeping them together and semi-organized so you can find them when needed. If you have them in digital form, back them up and store the backups with a willing relative or friend.
- Society of American Silversmiths - Photo Tips for Metalsmiths
- www.fanfotography.com home page
- Wayne Anderson's Guide to Photographing Costumes
- Photos of a cheap and easy jewelry photographing setup like those described above
- Art UW - Artist Tips - Photographing Your Work
- Wayne Anderson's Guide to Photographing Costumes
- CARIWAVE - Photographing Carnival
- The Model Release
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