Stills Photography on Set
Every Stills Photographer (aka: Unit Photographer), or for that matter every photographer, has their own story about how their careers have evolved. After a brief look at the history of still photography related to motion pictures, I will share my experiences of what lead me here today.
We will discuss the responsibilities of a stills photographer as well as what’s required for an application to IATSE 669, the West Coast local of the union representing the camera department, including stills photographers. Also of great importance is the equipment needed on set ,and a continual changing landscape of what to have in your kit.
I remember pressing the shutter release on the first photo I ever took. My Mom had given me a camera to take on a grade 6 field trip, and when we got the print back you could hardly see the tree, let alone the eagle landing in it. Since that moment it has been an ongoing quest to capture what is seen by the human eye in the two dimensional world of the photographic image.
The way light plays off a subject, travels through the lens and dances on the surface of the recording medium captures a fleeting moment that is meant to tell a story. For me, the most important moment is when the shutter is released. Be it a person, still life, or the emotions of a scene for film or tv, it is the essence of that moment that needs to be conveyed to the viewer of the final image.
That fleeting eagle image was in 1971. After completing a commercial arts program in college, I began working in the industry and have since had work appear in annual reports and magazines around the world. During the last decade I’ve been working in the film and television field capturing production stills and gallery portraits that have traveled the globe.
Every time I see an eagle, I remember that first image.
Introduction to Shooting Cinematic Stills
Robert Falconer – *cancelled
Robert is no longer able to attend Fusion 2016, instead, there will be a talk at that time by Jeff Weddell about stills photography on set. You do not need to do anything if you have tickets to Robert’s talk and would like to hear Jeff’s in its place. We apologise for the switch. Please contact [email protected] if you have any concerns.
The Process of Creating Short Films
Wayne will discuss how he made two creative short films, one which was self funded the other grant funded. He will discuss the differences and similarities between the approaches to each project, working with the budgets, working with the talent, overcoming obstacles and limitations, finding crew and talent and developing a script with no dialogue. He will cover the importance of the editing and sound design and working with DSLR cameras for film making. He will also show both films: The Man And The Dog and Untitled Folktale.
Wayne has worked as a professional photographer for over 20 years. Recently making the transition into motion, he has done several motion projects in the last few years acting as Director and DP. The projects have included music videos and short films. He is constantly looking to work on new creative motion projects.
Sports Action Photography
From the Stanley Cup finals to sandlot baseball, the goal is the same; capture great action pictures. But, what makes a picture great? Learn techniques, and tips to be inspired to make great sports photos. Christopher Morris will show examples of his award winning work from the last three Olympic Games to local skateboard parks to illustrate effective use of composition, equipment and technique. So whether you are shooting professional sports, or your six year old’s soccer game, the idea is to make compelling pictures with intense action.
Christopher Morris is based in Vancouver, Canada. He has been a photographer for thirty years and has worked with many clients on many assignments, and occasionally winning an award . With him in Vancouver are his wife Lara, daughters; Caitlin, Paige and dog Scout, all of whom like walking on the beach. There are lots of beaches in Vancouver so everybody is very happy. Scout likes to chase sticks at the beach, the girls don’t. www.christophermorris.com Follow Christopher on Instagram: morrisphoto
Finding Your Authentic Voice – What the *%#& does that even mean? – Kendra Coupland
Time and time again photographers and artists are told they need to find their authentic voice, to brand themselves well, and to refine their style – but what does that mean, exactly? As an applied art, wedding photography presents a unique challenge. There are many social and cultural expectations about how a wedding might, or should be presented; these ideals can impede photographers from creating bodies of work that are more meaningful, inspiring, yet self-motivating and profitable.
Brad and Kendra have spent the last 8 years of their photographic journey working to find their authentic voices both as individuals, and as a joint-photography team. They will be sharing their own journey and strategies for creating more poignant images, which resonate deeply with prospective clients, while motivating them to continue creating. lovetreephotography.ca
Sit, Stay, Learn. Pet Photography with Ashleigh Wells
Pets hold a special place in our hearts and sadly, are never with us quite long enough. As photographers, we can help owners capture the unique personality of their pets while they are here and memorialize them for a lifetime. In this class, Ashleigh will cover how to photograph pets while ensuring safety, comfort and fun for everybody. Ashleigh will discuss how to prepare for your session, from setting up your studio or location to educating your clients about what they should do to have their pet ready. Ashleigh will also cover how she lights pets differently than people using her images along with lighting diagrams to help set you up for success with your pet portraits!
Ashleigh Wells is an internationally award winning and Certified Professional Photographer. She has been a professional photographer since 2008, and specializes in pet photography through her Sit Stay Studio brand. Her style is classic and natural, yet modern. Her 15 years of experience working with animals combined with over 7 years of photography experience gives her a unique perspective on how to easily work with pets and pet parents while maintaining control of the session. sitstaystudio.com
The Creative Passport: The Journey from Snapshots to Amazing Images while Traveling – Kate Siobhan Mulligan
If you love travel and photography then join Kate Siobhan Mulligan as she shares her photography tips and skills as one of Canada’s top travel and portrait photographers. Just back from a workshop in Havana, Kate keeps no secrets as she teaches how to make great travel pictures, how to approach strangers on the street, and how she gives back to photography as Operations Manager of the group “The Giving Lens”. Published around the world and working for tourism groups around the world, join Kate and take your own travel photography to a higher level.
Kate Siobhan Mulligan is a travel, portrait, and humanitarian photographer, Sony Ambassador, and photo-educator based in Vancouver, Canada. She is Operations Manager of The Giving Lens, combining travel photography and giving back to communities around the world by running workshops abroad that also partner with a local Non-Profit. She is also a Contributing Editor to the travel website Matador Network, and teaches Travel Photography online at MatadorU. She’s a published writer and author, a keen teacher and eager mentor to photographers of all skill levels. From India to Jordan to Cambodia to Tanzania and 40+ more countries, she’s had a wild adventure since embarking on this path not only creating images and leading workshops, and using the thing she loves to make a little difference along the way. http://www.katesiobhanphotography.com/
DIY Fine Art Printing: Learn to love your printer and understand ICC profiles for the best prints possible.
Many photographers look back with nostalgia to the process of printing film negatives in the wet darkroom. In this interesting and compelling lecture and demo, Evan Parker will reveal how to bring that love of process and technique into today’s digital darkroom. He will share how printing with archival inks on a variety of substrates can be creative extensions of your photographic work that can open doors to new ways of realizing projects. He’ll discuss creative aspects of printing workflow, and how these play into creating terrific prints. He will also simplify the printing process with things you can do in your studio to help color accuracy, accurate image reproduction, and more. We’ll tackle your printing questions, and leave you confident in the printing process.
Evan is a professional photographer and custom printer in Seattle. He has specialized in architecture and interiors for the past 12 years, and works with fellow photographers to help them create the best prints possible. Though he began in the darkroom, he has come to prefer the possibilities and relative simplicity of inkjet printing. His goal is to demystify the printing process, and make it part of the creative process.
Common Mistakes and How to Fix Them
There are some common mistakes that photographers make when lighting their portraits that they don’t even know they are making.
Nino will talk about how you can recognize these classic mistakes and he will provide some easy fixes that will refine your portraits.
Along with a visual presentation, Nino will discuss how quality and direction of light, light modifiers and camera angles can make a person look either good or bad.
Nino is an advertising and fine art photographer based in Malibu, California. He has won over 40 national and international photography awards, and is a proud member of the elite artist organization ULUPUDS in his native country of Serbia. He is the author of the book, “People of Paris” as well as a fashion and celebrity portraiture instructor at the prestigious Brooks Institute. Sony has honoured Nino by selecting him to be a member of the elite group, Sony Artisans of Imagery. Nino will also be doing a full day presentation on Sunday Nov 6. ninophotography.com
Dynamic and Creative Lighting on Location with Off Camera Flash – Craig Minielly
Locations offer the promise of intriguing opportunities where light, subject and environment become the artistic tools of the photographer, just as the brushes and oils are to a painter and their canvas.
We will be exploring the extended possibilities of remote flash technology, while working with location imagery from simple to complex, and enabling the full range of creative opportunities. From architectural to fashionable glamour, fine art to graphic editorial covers, these techniques can be applied to all subjects and industry styles.
We will walk through the process of session planning and execution, progressive light styling, photographic accessories & their extended applications, while concentrating on Multi flash and Remote TTL Flash operations.
Easy to use, but very effective camera / production processes will also be presented, as the basic foundation for workflow success.
Craig Minielly, a Yousuf Karsh Award recipient and Nikon Ambassador is an internationally accomplished photographer, and not just to one style. He has won numerous awards in over 15 specialty fields and has been published worldwide for the last 30 years.
With a passion for light styling and a flair for location opportunities, his image creations are a combination of diverse influences from the editorial world he started in, the commercial world he thrived in, and the portrait world he has always been a part of. As a pioneer within the digital revolution, Craig was, and still is, one of the influential forces in creating and developing workflow techniques and habits that are still being used by individuals, studios and corporations all over the globe.
Craig has a long line of credentials from Canada and the USA, earning his Certified Professional Photographer, his Master and Craftsman in Photographic Arts and his Master Photographer in Commercial. He’s also the recipient of seven photographer of the Year Awards in Canada, the US and internationally. www.auraphotographics.com