As you can imagine, the covid-19 pandemic has put a halt on the livelihoods of photographers everywhere. However, numerous friends of mine over the past 12 months have either dabbled with or branched into remote photography. I personally found it intriguing, and fun, and did a bit of ‘modelling’ on the other side of the camera for a change to help them with their virtual shoot portfolios, but hadn’t actually done any of the shooting myself. It poses some challenges to the photographer as you can imagine with the restrictions of being inside a phone! Not being able to personally move the camera and adjust things in the room, not being there to show what I mean in terms of ‘poses’ etc, but, it’s certainly work-with-able so long as you are able to direct the client. So, this afternoon I gave it a go for the first time!
Many thank yous to my first subject, the absolutely fabulous teacher, published writer, and alt model Haili-Leanne Hughes.
So what is a virtual shoot and how does it work?
A virtual shoot is kind of what it sounds really, it’s done via technology and using the internet to connect the photographer and client. You download an app that allows us essentially have a video call (though you can’t see me, just hear me) and it allows me to control the camera on your phone for the duration of the shoot via the app. So I can ‘take’ photos, and adjust the exposure, but I’ll require you to do the physical moving of the phone which I will help direct. I then receive all the images I take via this app, edit them, then re-upload them to the app from where you can download them yourself! Simples.
“Having a virtual shoot was a bit unusual and at first I wondered how it was going to work! But Becky had some brilliant ideas and solutions to challenges with the space. It was brilliant that you could also see the pictures very quickly as a model. It was such great fun!”
Ooh sounds fun, count me in!
Awesome! I’m offering a limited number initial shoots for just £35 to get my beginner-remote-shoot-experience going! The shoot itself will take around 30 minutes and you will receive at least 20 edited final shots. Fancy doing something different, documenting these strange times we’re in (it’s always nice to have an excuse to get a bit dressed up at the minute right?!), maybe capturing some quality time at home with your loved one, or just wanna do some creative solo portraits? Just get in touch via the contact form (link found in the menu bar at the top!) or via my Facebook Page. I look forward to hearing from you!