Online Photoshoots

Are they the new norm? I hope not!


While it’s been fun playing around by taking photos through the screen, there’s nothing like the buzz of working with a team and being on set. BUT while we are all stuck at home, I have been feeling very creative. I got the idea to do online shoots from Olivia Bossert. It’s definitely put some sort of normality and excitement back into my life.


HOW I DO IT

I’ve tried two different techniques using Zoom.

For the first, I used my camera to take a photo of my laptop screen, and then I crop the image later.


The second technique was simply to screenshot.


HOW DO THEY COMPARE

Using my camera was definitely a challenge but I really liked the end results. Although it is impossible to avoid static screen lines, you can get away with it. Taking a screenshot of the model didn’t really feel like shooting to me. If the internet connection is bad, the pixilation will really show up, whereas with the camera there’s usually a way to hide it.


GEAR

I used a 35mm lens to get the whole scene without having to be too far away. If I had a 50mm I would have used that instead. I also used a 100mm for the super close up beauty shots.


PERKS

You can photograph ANYONE. Literally anyone that has a solid internet connection. It’s pretty great actually. People you would never have thought to work with are now a possibility! Physical distance is no longer an issue if you’re willing to make it work. I’ve done this by reaching out to Jenna, a model from LA!



WHAT I’VE LEARNED

  • The model needs to move slowly. Bad internet connection or lag can make for a blurry photo.

  • Use a non-reflective monitor!

  • Do the shoot during the day. Your ambient light is just as important as the screen light. And you don’t want the model in the dark.

  • The model should be somewhere well lit, like in front of a window.

  • On the opposite side, the photographer’s screen needs to be away from a window to avoid sun on the monitor.

  • The best platform to use is Zoom. You’re able to enlarge the window and hide yourself out of frame!

  • Tilt the screen slightly to avoid those static (not completely avoidable) lines!


I hope I’ve inspired you in some way. I’d love to see how you’re staying creative.


Simona x