There are different types of shoot lists to maintain and all of them have different functions when it comes to your work. Some are general wish lists of shoots that you would want to do in the future while others are a list of shots that your want to get during a particular photo shoot. And there is the list you update during each photo shoot.
The shoots that I would like to do, I call my “Shoot Wish List.” Essentially, I come up some ideas and over time flesh them out until they are ready to go. These lists are detailed in lighting diagrams, prop and wardrobe needs, and model details. I can even include my inspiration for the idea into this so that I can draw upon that later.
The day prior to a planned shoot, you should go over your shoot notes and print them out so you have them handy during the shoot. This is good way to make sure you get what you want out of the photo shoot and you don’t regret any missed photos. Try as you might, you will have a hard time recreating a photo shoot to get those missed shots.
Note: Wedding photographers will keep “Day of” shoot lists to ensure that they get every possible shot that the bride and groom are wanting. A missed opportunity here is forever lost. Good luck recreating this day!
The third type of list that is helpful to keep is the rolling shoot list. This was more beneficial to me when I was shooting in film as I would number the rolls of film and take notes on each frame that was shot. Once the film was processed I could go back to my notes and see what was going on in terms of the model, exposure settings, etc. Unfortunately, the digital camera can not do it all (yet), so you may find it necessary to keep some notes. If you are working with multiple models in one day you will want to know some of those details.
- The shoot wish list will help you flesh out your ideas, find locations and models.
- Day of shoot list will help you capture the shots you want.
- The rolling shoot list will assist in post production and help you remember some of the fine details of each shot taken.
There is another list that I keep that is a stock shooting list. Simply put, it is a short quick list of ideas that I keep for shooting stock photography; That is another article for another day. In any case, this is an important means to planning and working through your shoots and is a part of my work flow.
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