A Little BTS Video For Ya

A Little BTS Video For Ya


Thought I’d throw a little behind the scenes video together for you guys. This kinda shows what all goes on in a “Matty Photography” shoot. Good friend and video director, Andy Lahmann, will often come to assist on my Bellingham shoots. I’ll toss him my Canon 7D and ask him to shoot some BTS pics and video. He always captures some good stuff. We had a lot of laughs, got some great shots, and ended with a happy client. Booyah.

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After cutting this video together, I realized how long it seemed like we may have been on this shoot. It was a 3 hour session, but we worked A LOT of different shots into that three hours. A lot of BTS video is lacking actually because I had to use the 7D for a couple shots, so what you see is roughly half of the setups we shot. I pulled this whole video together is about 3 hours too, and it’s by no means a masterpiece of editing, just something fun. Hopefully this winter when the weather gives me a better reason to stay indoors, I’ll get around to cutting some more video. I have a TON of stuff just like this from almost every shoot in the last 6 months.

This video will show what goes into all those lights adjustments, and how much that can differ between setups, even though you are shooting in the same area. It’s simple, you want a different look, you need different lighting. This video is sloppy, just a compilation of all of the snippets Andy captured as well as some of the final photos from the shoot.

In the video, you’ll notice that I’m in CONSTANT communication with my client (I specifically put footage of that in this video), as well as showing them images on the back of the camera. I can’t properly execute the photos and lighting unless I know what they are looking for, it’s their marketing campaign, not mine. It’s not that I’m not liking the shots, but my client asks for a certain look, I interpret to the best of my abilities what that would look like, and I zero it in. I spot-check with them during some tests and then start popping away. With light setups, especially with this group, no assumptions can be made. In a typical portrait session, your subjects are always in a rather static state. This session was with the Upfront Theatre, a group of animated improv comedians. Depending on the shot, these guys might want the flexibility to be able to utilize the entire stage, jump, fall, etc. So I had to stay aware of this and adjust my lights to accommodate that for certain shots.

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