How I got the shot.

So I thought I’d do a little inside knowledge / behind the shot post. I’ve taken a shot from this weeks mens fashion soot and I’m going to go through the thought process / direction given on set to achieve the final image. Ignoring lighting, cameras, settings, all the technical stuff, this is plain and simple “getting the shot” once all the other stuff is done.

I do get a number of folk asking about this kind of thing, I guess it’s one of the parts that you can’t learn from just looking at a final image, you need to live the experience and moment to know “how” it went down. So here’s a sequence of image of Jamie, a new face from J’adore Model Agency in Manchester. Hair by Laura & Ria Kulik at The Hair Bank, grooming by Laura Gibb MUA and wardrobe styling by the rather gifted Paula McNamara.

Contact sheet of photographs from a menswear fashion shoot. homme

Contact sheet of photographs from a menswear fashion shoot. Homme

What you see is the actual progression of the images from this section of the shoot. Nothing taken out or cropped etc. this is exactly how and what I shot. The final shot used is the one circled in blue, the others marked are the “got it” shots, the ones where I felt I got what it was I wanted.

So you’ll see the first idea was a full profile with the hands up in front of the face, I explain the “starting point” pose and get the first shot. From here I wanted a little more going on in the space in between Jamie and his arms so asked him to pick up the pendant around his neck and use that. You’ll see the pendant then drops to a perfect position to mirror his arms. This is close but I want to see more of his face, “Head to me Jamie” head turns to me and we are super close. He instinctively dropped his chin”Stronger eyes” BANG! Nailed it. Now the transition without missing a beat the energy is good and I know we’re golden right now. “Bite the pendant” his arm is out of frame, “Bring the right arm back” arms look messy, “switch hands” close, “Give it the bad boy rock star treatment” almost, “Head to me more” Slight zoom to crop “Attitude!” BANG. “Okay take a quick breather everyone, Jamie shake it out and let’s move into the next shot sequence”.

Here I’ll have a quick check on the monitor to confirm my feelings that we got it, quick sip of water/coffee and get moving on to our next shot.

How long did that take from the first to the last shot? Well I checked the EXIF data and shot one is timestamped 14:17:30 and the last shot is 14:18:58. So a minute and a half…. Like I say when it’s golden you go with the energy that flows. Also what that doesn’t tell you is it took me 2 hours to set up the studio, hair / make-up / wardrobe about the same. Plus the behind the scenes chat and build up, it’s not just a matter of the model stepping in front of the camera and this happening, we’ve already met, had a chat, had a giggle or whatever. The connection has already been worked on so that by the time it comes to us working here the flow is easy and natural. Not to mention our other 6 models

So there you go, I won’t pretend it’s easy because it takes hustle and experience to get to this point but it may act as a little insight into how shoots go down for me and what the interaction can be like. It gets to a point where for me it’s instinctive, I don’t stop everything and think about how I’m going to make it perfect in one shot. I set it up close and then let things fall into place organically. For me it works.

male model monochrome fashion editorial photograph

Final selected shot.

#48 Triptych Portrait Series – Seun @ Cliche

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A selection from the full set can be found here – www.bangphoto.co.uk/triptychs.
Currently in the process of setting up a place for the whole (current) set to reside.

Anyone looking back through the triptychs on here will notice missing numbers, worry not they’ve been shot just not everything makes it on here.
The full series as it stands only resides upon my harddrive. One day I’ll be happy enough with it to publish the full thing, until then you’ll have to make do with the odd snippet now and then.

LEica M9, 50mm ‘cron.

Darren | Cliche

Darren | Cliche by bang*
Darren | Cliche, a photo by bang* on Flickr.

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Stills from the movies of my mind.

m. Darren @ Cliche Management

Leica M9, 50mm Summicron Type V.

So all has been a little quiet on the blog over the last month, sorry gang. It’s been a fairly busy one for me lately, numerous tests, agency meetings and a new look book shot for Educate Elevate has had me fully dedicated to ensuring clients receive images on time.

So I have plenty to pop up on here it’s just a matter of finding the time to flesh out some words to go along side.

That being said, here are a few teasers from a test I shot yesterday for Cliche new boy Darren. Having a background in acting certainly helped him get into the mood for this look.

www.bangphoto.co.uk Teasers from a test shoot.

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Teasers from a test shoot.

Tony | Cliche – Editorial

Tony | Cliche - Editorial by bang*
Tony | Cliche – Editorial, a photo by bang* on Flickr.

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#ilovemyleica

Tony @ Cliche Model Management

Sorry old blog of mine it seems i’ve been neglecting you a little of late. Lots has been happening, plenty of new material shot, a good few irons in the fire coming up plus I’m starting to form a plan of where the second 50 Triptychs are going to take the project (once I get to 50 that is).
So for now you’re just going to have to make do with lots of beard as I splurge a little from this one. Currently formulation an editorial piece from it so enjoy.

Tony @ Cliche

Tony @ Cliche | Editorial p. 5

Kris D wears Kooples



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Kris D | Nemesis Management wears Kooples.

Photography | Mark Ivkovic

Lighting gubbins –
“Big Beaut” on the Bowens (ie my 28 inch UFO of a Beautydish) positioned camera left to give lovely Loop lighting. Maybe I’ll do some lighting set ups on here one day to explain what I mean by all my Paramount / Rembrandt / Loop / Split light. Or maybe that’ll just get added to my list of things to do for the blog when I finally find some time for them. All good intentions and that.
I’m having a kind of love hate relationship with white seamless at the moment. Nothing inspires me less than looking at that big ol’ expanse of white in the studio and thinking “What the hell different can I do today”. Then If I’m lucky I get a model who gets what it is I want from them and isn’t afraid of cutting loose. I’m pretty sure I never shoot it to be pure white as it bugs me seeing my subject floating in a sea of nothing, I prefer a little density to my background. That expanse of nothing just removes all context and with that makes a meaningful photograph that much more of a struggle. It’s a little like watching a movie but with the whole set being a plain white space (kind of like the bit in the matrix where they’re in the loading program). Then on the flip side I really revel in what that means to my creative process, every little move of camera or light is amplified in effect, there isn’t any room for sloppiness as you can’t rely on an interesting background making up for an oversight or lack of composition. It means I need to get more out of my subject, I need movement or feeling or to really be in the moment. My subject is as an important part of the creative process as anyone else on set. Without connecting with the model in some way your photographs are going to be dead and without interest.
This is your set and the photographs you create come down to how you handle all the aspects of it.

Wow, went off on one then. This was going to be a quick and simple post. Thanks to all those who take the time to comment or simply click the “like” button. It’s appreciated and kind of keeps me popping posts up during these busy times.

Scott – Double Page



Scott – Double Page, originally uploaded by bang*.

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They’re coming thick and fast at the moment.
Another quick teaser from one of the latest.
Scott L @ Nemesis – (www.nemesisagency.co.uk/models/new-faces/men-new-faces/sc…)
Manchester.

Techy stuff –
Canon 1Diii
Sigma 50mm f/1.4
LR3 / VSCO / PS

A rare day off for me tomorrow, so i figured I’d leave you with something to look at over the weekend.
More edits coming next week with another couple of shoots scheduled before I head down to London for the BIG weekend shooting.
Best prepare you RSS readers for blog post overload.