May 11, 2021
File under: Set photographer, still photographer, advertising photography
I'm often hired as a "still photographer" on film sets. Agencies and clients are spending big bucks to film TV spots and want to take advantage of the production to gather photography for everything from print to social. For me, this means popping in and out between takes, coaxing gaffers to tweak the lights, trying not to aggravate the director and DP and usually re-blocking the talent so I can shoot to my layout. All this while being charming and personable so I can elicit what I need from the talent. If I'm lucky I have three minutes; it's insane and weirdly fun. These constraints force me to think on my feet and find creative ways to get a shot that captures the mood and story we are trying to tell. The most important thing I've learned is to make absolutely sure I am ready to go and know exactly what I need to do when I hear the AD shout, "STILLS!"