help please! upcoming shoot

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  1. anel

    anel TPF Noob!

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    a local underground rap group has contacted me today, they need photos of one of their rappers and if they are happy with the results they'd hire me for more shoots in the future.

    i'm confident that i'll get a great shoot but i really want a good idea of what i want before i get there.

    any tips for this? i was thinking a tunnel full of graffiti or something as a location..

    as for gear, i have an umbrella, one off camera flash, a 70-200 for tele photo and 28mm for semi-wide

    any tips for lighting, technique etc...?

    thanks so much!
     
  2. KmH

    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    So your saying you don't know how to use your gear?

    Grab all your gear, and a friend to be the subject, and go to the location(s) and try out your gear in a variety of setups, before your 'shoot'.
     
  3. Village Idiot

    Village Idiot No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    And get paid for it. Pro bono for a client on the promise that they may use you in the future if they say they like your work is not a recipe for a good client photographer relationship.
     
  4. anel

    anel TPF Noob!

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    KmH you understood me wrong.. i've had many shoots, i want tips on the setting, where to shoot a underground rap artist, what lighting would be best for a rapper and things like that.
    @village idiot: definitely! they've already promised a payment, but i really don't want to give them photos they don't want (even though they are "good").

    if i don't get any good tips i guess i'll just ask them what they want but i'd really appreciate your input.
     
  5. Village Idiot

    Village Idiot No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    What type of music is it? Underground Rap describes nothing. Is it thought provoking? Goofy? Gangsta ass ****?

    It depends on the artist. I'd take some one that has intellegent lyrics and put them in a robe smoking a pipe on some big fancy ass chair. If the music is more violent, go for a darker locale and theme.

    That or just come up the dumbest idea possible and do it. I put a friend in a shopping cart in the middle of the street with a strainer on her head, a spatula in one hand, and a ladle in the other. That's something I'm going to use the next time I find a local musician to shoot.

    If you have the greatest lighting in the world and you put an artist standing there infront of a brick wall, it's just going to be a well lit shot infront of a brick wall. Get creative and give them something no one else will.
     
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    Derrel Mr. Rain Cloud

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    Village Idiot has some good concepts in his post above. Good album art is often funky, offbeat, weird, strange, unexpected, ironic, iconic, laconic, moronic, and sometimes features chronic...

    Does one of the group's members own a really ghetto ride, like a black or cream Escalade with dubs?? Maybe you could group them around that, doing some of the weird $hit rappers are known for...

    Whatever concept you go for, act like you know what you are doing. With only one off-camera flash, you might need to jack your ISO up to 800 or 1,000 in order to get enough effective power out of your flash if you are photographing a group with any depth to it...you can't expect to pull decent focus at f/4 at ISO 200, you know what I mean?
     
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    thanks guys, usually i don't get much response here but i'm loving this! i don't know anything for sure yet but the music is defnitely ghetto and gangsta if you know what i mean. Derrel the idea with the car is awesome! definitely gonna try that!
    this isn't going to be a group shot, only one of the rappers is going to be shot.. i'm still gonna incorporate the car though!
    village idiot, the idea of just going crazy sounds awesome but i wouldn't risk advising stuff like that with people i don't even know yet and because i'm kind of young in comparison with them they might take it the wrong way and see me as too goofy to be taken seriously.

    these tips so far have been awesome, keep the commenting up please!
     
  8. camz

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    Well you have the four elements of hip hop...

    MC
    Break Dancing
    Painting the Walls
    DJing

    I had a shoot with some local artist about 3 years ago same as your idea and I took them to the rail road tracks where there was graffiti. Used the graff as a back ground and had some train tracks represent their image of Oakland where they were from.
     
  9. anel

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    sounds good camz, were you doing it in all natural light? i really don't wanna disappoint them, i think i'm going to write a list of possible locations and just put it out to them and let them decide.
     
  10. Village Idiot

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    Limiting your ideas with clients based on how well you know them limits how well you do.

    Do you think some one like Chase Jarvis shows up to a shoot and says, "I don't know you real well, so instead of doing this kick ass ninja shot, Imma shoot you infront of an escalade?"
     
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    I would use bare bulp lightning with strong shadows.
     
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    gsgary Been spending a lot of time on here!

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