read this post. it's a really interesting perspective on photography. i won't waste space by restating what he wrote; i just want to comment on it.

it's interesting to realize that he's not talking about studio photography here. he's talking about wandering the streets and keeping your eyes open for opportunity. that doesn't mean that the principles don't apply to studio photography. the reason he leaves it out is pretty simple. in studio photography, you create the fact and the light and you wait for the moment. you eliminate two of the variables. simple.

the most interesting thing about this article to me is how it relates to film. hopefully, for most of us, filming a scene is like setting up a studio for photography. you block out the action, you set up lights. the difference is that the entire scene is canned. you don't have to wait for the moment because you've written a script to make it happen. if you're lucky and have some good actors, your moment will be better than the script's; but you can't rely on that. what you want is top-level consistency. you need your actors to figure out the best possible moment and recreate it take after take, with exactly the same expressions and gestures every single time.

so, all i'm saying is, think about it like this next time. don't just worry about coverage of your scene. think about what you can do to make your audience feel the way they're supposed to feel. i'm not just talking about fact, light or moment. i'm talking about all three.

  • fact. frame your shot well, make it interesting, give the audience a unique perspective. create a style that's appropriate for your project.
  • light. don't necessarily make it realistic. be creative, have fun with it. make it something the audience appreciates.
  • moment. think about your project. think about your script. guide your actors toward your vision, don't just let them do what they want. their interpretation isn't always correct.

have fun with your projects. be creative. take your time, give 100%. it will be worth it.

unless you suck.

AuthorSheffield Leithart