Shoot: Chair Image
For this image we are going to try our hardest to put somebody up on a wall. And that's a little bit challenging because we can't actually hoist somebody onto a wall and expect gravity to not pull them down to the floor. So we're going to do this through a method that sometimes works and sometimes doesn't. And the reason why it's going to work today is because we have one window light coming straight in to our subject so the lighting isn't going to change. So what we're going to do is have our subject sit in a chair and then we're going to be able to rotate that chair later to make it look like it is up on the wall, and that can be really challenging depending on the light. Let's say you're outside on an overcast day and the light is coming generally straight from above. Well that's going to be an issue if you wanna rotate someone because suddenly the lighting will not be coming from above anymore. That is the problem that we're facing in most shooting situations where the light is dir...
ectional coming from above or from the side, but in this case it's just going to hit the whole entire scene from straight on so we're going to be able to rotate our subject. So what would you do if you could not rotate your subject? The answer is that I would have to probably find a way of photographing the chair and our subject in the right position up on the wall. And the way that I would need to do that is by placing maybe a table underneath so that she could actually get in position with enough of a stable base around her, but here on this location, we don't have a table available to be able to hoist our model and chair onto, so we're going to do this the Photoshop way and make sure that we rotate her later. The first thing that I wanna do though is get a blank shot of this scene, and I know exactly where I'm going to put my subject so that's where I'm going to focus my camera is where I will eventually put my subject in. If you don't know where you're going to put your subject in an image like this, then it's really important that you shoot your subject first. So I'm going to go ahead and get my blank shot before I make anybody come into the scene. And we're gonna see how it looks before I do anything else. I'm back on my 25 millimeter lens and I've done that because this is going to be complicated enough and I don't really want to have to stitch together the scene while trying to figure out how to rotate our subject, so I'm sticking to a wide lens. I've put this door in place, which is actually being held by a friend. Wave your hand through the crack. Oh there you go, yay! And so that's just a prop door at the moment being held up, which I put there for color. Because we're going to see the ceiling in this shot, I thought it would be really good to draw in that color through the doorway as well. Just add a little bit more visual interest. So I'm going to go ahead and frame this up portrait style here. And I'm going to focus on the spot on the wall that I've already picked out for our subject to be placed in. Now that I've got that, I'm just going to take two pictures, one to the left of the scene to get the wall, and then another slightly further to the right to get more of the wall that's in front of me. So now I have this blank slate that I can put anybody into, and that's exactly what we're going to do. I'm going to move our chair into place. Just here. And by having the chair in the scene with the exact same lighting, that means that the lighting will be wrong. Again, it's coming straight in from the side, not from above, not from in front. So I'm able to rotate this chair later to make it look like it is stuck up here. So the idea here being that this chair will eventually be up here like this. But for now, it will be down here. The last thing that I need to do is to think about gravity. So I've put my subject, in fact, why don't you join me over here? She is looking just lovely in this jumper that is kind of ridiculous, but I think it actually looks really amazing in photo shoots. It's very timeless, very old, and a little bit creepy, which is good. Because we've already talked about, we've got this creepy thing going on here. So I love this outfit and I chose it specifically because it's not a dress. So if it was a dress, then of course, dresses would have to follow the law of gravity by falling forward or falling down. And this is just one less thing that I have to worry about later on in post, but I also think that this wardrobe works better than any of the dresses that I have with me, so we're going to use that. The only thing is the hair. Hair is definitely going to have to fall forward, I'm not going to shave her head for this shoot just to not have to deal with hair. So I'm going to have you put your hair up in a little bun or something like that, so if anyone has a little hair thing then that would be awesome. (chuckles) Thank you. By putting her hair up in a bun, that's going to allow me to shoot the whole subject, the chair, everything all at once, and then I'll just have to take one extra picture of her hair falling forward after we're done shooting this main shot. So I'm going to get you sitting down whenever your hair's up and I'm just going to have you sitting super simply, just sitting like a normal person in a chair wearing a weird outfit. And I think for the sake of not having your arms flailing forward or anything in the picture, I'm going to have you keep them on your lap just like that. And you're going to pretend like you're not touching the floor, so you're good to have them pointed and just tip toe touching the floor like you did before. So even in a little bit further. Yep, just like that. Exactly, and then you'll just look straight forward. And this is gonna be so simple for this first shot here. So I'm gonna back up to where I was. And here I'm at this height, which, I'm actually going to rethink the angle that I'm shooting this at, because if I shoot from above here, that's not going to make sense when I actually move her up in the frame. So thinking about perspective is always important just because I shot my main image of the room from this height does not mean that I should shoot my subject from this height. So I'm actually gonna get down a lot further here so that the perspective makes sense when I move her up in the image. Going to focus on my subject which was perfect, so that's good. And I'm going to take this first shot. And that looks lovely, so let me have you lean back in the chair a little bit. Yep, good. And then actually, just push your head forward just a, yep, just like that. Perfect. Okay, so we've got that image, now we just have one more to get so I'm gonna have you take your hair down. And you can stay sitting, and I'm just going to have you lean forward and let your hair dangle. (chuckles) It's going to be kinda weird, but yeah. So that's perfect. And actually, can you lean your head like even further past your knees, yes.
You still walk like this?
Nope, your toes are good. Okay, perfect. And now I just need to photograph the hair. I'm just getting my focus again. Got it. Okay. So that's every element of this image, we've got the hair, the subject in the chair, this blank room that I shot earlier, and we should have enough to be able to stitch this together. One extra thing that you might consider doing in a situation like this is just looking to see where the shadows fall in this room, in the space that you're working in, so that you know how to recreate the shadows later. So I might test with my hand, I might have someone hold the chair up just to get a sense of it. Maybe I'll even photograph the chair up against the wall separately just to see what it looks like there realistically with the light and the shadow. But aside from that, I think we're good to go for this image, thank you so much, and we can move onto the next.
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