Another great week with James and Tim, the week started off with a trend shoot for Never Underdressed an online magazine. I was able to shadow James and Tim using digital cameras this time, which is what i am more familiar with. They demonstrated capture one to me which is the digital softwear used in industry for most shoots. As the images are taken they are immediately transferred to the mac which can have adjustments that are automatically added to the images, to save retouching them all in editing.
Throughout the day I ran errands, grabbed lunch, coffees, ran to the shop, helped out with prepping folders on the mac for each look. Another great day and I made some great contacts and friends with the hair, makeup and styling team.
The rest of the week was mainly office based where I continued research for their upcoming projects, creating mood boards and spread sheets for contacts. Finally at the end of the week we had to go check out a location for another shoot next week. We went and had a look at flat that we will be shooting in and then got the water taxi to Grenwhich which was a fun little experience.
Another amazing and busy week, I find myself learning so much in so many different aspects, being photography, editing, production, research and simple technical skills that will help me so much with jobs in the future.
The week started off with basic errands and tasks to help out Tim and James throughout the week. As photographers they enjoy coming up with their own concepts and projects that either aren’t (but mostly are) snapped up by magazines once they are completed. There was the often run to the lab to pick up or drop off film and negatives of their projects, creating mood boards for commissioned projects, image research and also contact and location research for their upcoming personal project.
In between these errands I was lucky enough to be shown their bespoke and highly detailed ways of editing images, for all different cliental. Being aesthetic editing to simply improve the quality of an image, editing an image for fashion, art direction etc. I feel very privileged that i have been given the opportunity to see this type of editing visually and theoretically. What I have been taught is beyond many photographers knowledge and i feel very lucky that James and Tim have shared their years of experience with me.
In preparation for a shoot on Saturday me and James went to the location and he explained to me what they were looking for in where they wanted to shoot. It allowed me to understand their aesthetic so much more and become aware of how to understand space and visuals when shooting. On the Saturday I was lucky enough to attend the shoot, acting almost as a second assistant to James and Tim. The day was so informative and i truly feel I have been so lucky in attending an internship with them. Throughout the day (which was absolutely beautiful) I was taking light meter readings, taught how to change film on a Hasselblad film camera, extended my knowledge in certain terminology, became aware of all their photographic equipment, but most importantly I was able to see how they work. I was able to see how they use light, shadow, movement and expression within their characters and what is good and bad within REAL photography, not just fashion.
The shoot was so smooth running and I cannot wait to see the final images, again hopefully I will be able to sit in on the retouching and keep learning their creative processes. I have me so many amazing people within the past two weeks and learnt more than i could have hoped for in an internship. Next week I will be attending another shoot, this time in the studio and hopefully starting this project that will run along side my internship.
Below is a preview from the shoot we did at the weekend, I am sure the finals will look incredible.