Some people might think that I just show up to a shoot, get the shots and deliver them. If only my job were that easy. In reality, a photo or video shoot is much more involved than this. Here are some of the things that go into a shoot when working with Chris Mabey Photography:
- Initial contact with client to get an idea of what they are looking for
- Crafting how we will tell the story. How many images it will take, what kind of images, and if we need video.
- Create a list of essential shots, this shot list will be much more detailed if we are shooting video.
- Location scout online and in person to determine what shots will happen at each location.
- Arrange for an assistant if necessary
- Coordinate shooting schedule with athletes/talent in the shoot.
- Arrange for an assistant.
- Write a call sheet of the shooting schedule and distribute it to everyone involved in the shoot.
- Make an equipment checklist for the shoot
- Check the weather on the days leading up to the shoot and reschedule if necessary.
- Confirm schedule with everyone 24 hours in advance
We are almost ready for the actual shoot. On a one day or half day shoot the pre-production time is usually more than the shoot itself.
The night before the shoot:
- Get all the cameras, lenses, filters, lighting equipment, and sound equipment together.
- Clean lenses and filters
- Charge batteries
- Format memory cards
- Pack the gear into bags
Finally the day of the shoot:
- Double check equipment list
- Check directions and weather
- Review the goals of the shoot and the shot list
- Make sure to get to the shoot location early with my assistant
Now its time to make some awesome content shooting stills and video.
After the shoot:
- Download all the memory cards
- Backup all the content
- For a photo shoot:
- Catalog and keyword all photos
- Cull the photos down to the "keepers"
- Make preliminary edits
- Send proofs to the client so they can select which photos they want to license
- Make final edits on the proofs
- Deliver images to the client
- For video:
- Organize all the content within the project
- Cut the interview or voice-over content together
- Make preliminary cut of the video and send it to the client for approval
- Work on any changes the client wants
- Apply any transitions or additional titles
- Adjust audio levels
- Send this more final cut to the client for approval before the final color grade
- Once the client gives approval the video will be color graded to give it that polished look.
- Deliver final video to the client in the desired format
The whole reason I go through such a detailed process is to ensure that whoever it is I work with gets amazing visuals from my shoots.