Video and photo gig on cruise ship

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by yarock, Jan 1, 2008.

  1. yarock

    yarock Guest

    I know this is more of a photo question, but I thought I'd try here
    anyways. If anyone knows of a better place to post these questions,
    please tell me.(Already posted on Nikonians).

    I shoot video and photography, and have a job on a seven day Carribean
    cruise. An assistant and I will be shooting video and photo highlights
    of this charter, and I have a question about a portrait session. We
    have to deliver an edited video/ photo highlight dvd on the last night
    of the trip.
    We have to shoot portraits of 150 couples, seperately, each couple
    with the captain. I have no idea how much time or preparation we'll
    have,or how rushed we'll be, and am nervous about this part of the
    I'm bringing my D200, D80, 17-55 f2,8, 50mm 1.8,Tokina 12-24, nikon
    18-200 vr, and possibly a loaner 85mm f1.4.I'll also bring two stands,
    two SB 800's,a Gary Fong lightsphere and an umbrella.
    We also have to print theses out and put them in 8 x 10 frames. I
    bought two HP photo printers and enough paper and cartridges.and we'll
    ahve a pc and a laptop just for the photos. The pics have to be
    resized to 6" x 8" because there will be a mat/border inside the
    frame. We did some tests doing everything from shooting to resizing
    and printing, and evrything works ok.
    I'm concerned (among other things) about how to position the couples
    in order to get similar shots for everyone. If anyone else has similar
    or related experience, i"d really appreciate hearing from you.
    Bruce Yarock
    yarock, Jan 1, 2008
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  2. On 01-Jan-08 08:40:27, yarock said
    Bruce, you need to have some quality communication with the Captain, and
    get him on side. He will probably want to get it over with as quickly and
    painlessly as possible, which is good, because if there's much messing
    about you'll be there ages. :)

    I would go as far as to put a bit of tape on the ground for the Captain
    to stand on and possibly work from a tripod. You could then frame each
    shot, lock off the tripod, look over the camera for some eye to eye
    contact and take the shot. A ball and socket tripod is good for this as
    they are very quick to work with. You don't want people blinking so, you
    might give them a 3, 2, 1 countdown but obviously keep it chirpy and

    I don't think you said exactly how you are lighting it, but as far as the
    SB80's go, you might consider using them on manual, and cutting the output
    down to an 1/8 or something. Otherwise its likely that differing jacket
    colours, shiny handbags etc will effect your exposure and cause your
    results to be up and down all over the place. If you can keep them
    consistent, it will speed up your post production a huge amount, and if
    you're using something like Photoshop, its worth sussing out the Action
    function, so you can manually crop and adjust levels, then do colour,
    sharpness, saving etc as an automated Action.

    Just my take, hope it is some help.

    All the best,
    Angus Manwaring. (for e-mail remove ANTISPEM)

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    Angus Manwaring, Jan 2, 2008
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