Chewing off more than you can bite
"Spray and pray" seems a little harsh, 'Rooz.' You make it sound like I just waltzed into the establishment and blasted away. While that might be an easy dodge to do something that ridiculous and beg off on it, like some wedding photographers do (let the mud-slinging begin), I did spend several harsh minutes considering the lighting I wanted to try out and where it would be located.
While there are a number of possible improvements that can be made, given time and talent, the entire shoot encompassed some diverse problems and was sought as a "learning experience" ... not a true professional modeling session. It explored the 'ragged edge' of the effort, where I am still new and raw. I made use a real situation and explored it, as time permitted, trying to imagine how to deal with it - single-handed.
I found all sorts of things to work with ... and if I cannot show the good, the bad and the downright ugly results here, then I cannot understand what this is all about. I would like to remind you that this "ed-ja-maction" thread is dedicated to my educational pursuit ... not truly geared to my professional one. As I tried to explain ... this is a bridge ... and an experiment.
In my experience, "Location Photography" is a give-and-take situation you are often just thrown into. While wedding photography is probably the closest thing to it, although that is typically predictable, this was truly ad hoc with experimental light set-ups and the surprise of whether the whole entourage was going to show up.
My "Martini-Girl" concept was a totally new aspect in the work, but it totally strayed off the intended path and the shots I got were nothing like the original concept at all. It is kind of like shooting a brand new car in a show room of motorcycles, when you originally wanted it in a showroom of similar cars. You adapt and try to turn out something usable. Using 'unpaid' talent is a crap-shoot, as you imply. Personally, I feel fortunate it came off as well as it did and my limited planning experience paid off. Yes, it was rushed and I thought I had made that clear. Perhaps not. I do need more time to investigate and correct the lighting, especially in the restaurant. I want to learn the intricacies of group lighting and I am finding ... it is a whole lot rougher than I thought. Yes, I am bringing additional $trobe$ to compensate.
To be honest, I had hoped for a little more (unpaid) assistance from the school, with additional students on hand, to assist ... but, the school canceled its interest in the shoot (for reasons I will not detail), which kind of left the whole thing flapping in the breeze. It is all ME (me, myself & I <- the three Amigos) ... and while that is fine when you are in the comfort of your own studio, when you get out into the Real World ... you suffer from "real-world" problems (power locations, alternate sources of light, setting difficulties, missing pieces, not enough light ... a whole world of issues). So, anything that was gleaned from the shoot was of my own doing ... my solutions, my lack of noting detail and, yes, mistakes were made. When a shoot of this kind is 95% prep ... and 5% actual shutter tripping ... if you do not give the Devil his due ... you get bit.
Let's face it, when you are up to your rear-end in alligators, it is sometimes difficult to remember you came there to drain the swamp.
Shooting non-living things is one thing, but when you are working with "talent" ... chances are, they are not all that patient and have their own agendas. You just hope it is in line with your own, at the time. But, there is a limit to their patience, as we all know. I was not going for a "prize-winning" shot in all this ... something like that requires cultivation. I don't have the luxury of the time it would take to fully cultivate this shot, but simply touch on and explore what it takes to make the shot even tolerable.
I appreciate your comment and hope I improve on my quickly noting detail as this continues. That's what this is suppose to be about ... and thank you for adding to the pile of considerations. If you talented-shooters never said a word, I would not learn much of anything. You might even say, "Education is by mistake." :D
Building up ... the knowledge base
Well, since most of my work is strewn from one end of this place to the other ... something had to give!
Thank you, 'Rooz' ... I will accept your evaluation, because if there is one person who knows what I have been through, doing this, it would be you.
There is still a future ... out there. It begins, now.
Last minute bail-outs ...
Well ... it maybe "still born" career birth, as I just had a major collapse of my second shoot, with two models & the make-up artist taking a powder from it. :mad: Sure, they have their particular reasons ... but, that really empties out about 75% of the participation.
Man oh man ... not the best day I have enjoyed, this week.
Of course, I can not get in touch with the other 25% of the participants ... except through Facebook or some other email method. I suspect they will arrive at the shoot ... wasting their time ... or wait ... what if I just shoot the darn thing anyway? They need the shots ... they just need to provide their own make-up. Hmmm ... the shoot just gets done sooner than expected. That's not bad, I suppose.
Flexibility ... key to a solid plan. ;)
Not quite the way I envisioned it, but then again ... I didn't have that much invested in it. People know what they need ... they need not to be there, or they would. :p