Flying itself is already awesome, but if one is able to tell the pilot what to do and where to go, things get real fun. Fear of heights or of loosing equipment are no-goes. Sometime exciting manoeuvres are necessary to get parts of the heli out of the way or to shoot straight down on the subject. My focus had to be spot on when we dove left only 15m above the ground. Picture yourself sitting on that side of the chopper with no door. Now you give order to dive and your left side becomes the view straight down on the ground. Your tummy feels crazy and you’ve about ONE second to get the shot, before the pilot has to counter balance the heli again. With great fun comes great responsibility.
A story of wool (processing). This one started quite mysterious. I’ve been asked to show the factory but not make it look like a factory. It was also important that the photos look sharp. Sounds intriguing doesn’t it. Now here is what I got from this.
A) We’ve to tackle low light conditions. The client himself took photos beforehand and came across long exposure times and motion blur.
B) They want to focus on the process, rather than showing the whole facility. This assignment is about storytelling and actively hiding distracting elements.
It goes without saying that when a client brings her own camera, your photos must stand out in comparison. The machinery was impressive. There was plenty of interesting detail but only limited access to it. The last thing you want is that your lighting gear tangles up in the countless moving parts all around. Not to mention the damage and potential consequences when everything has to be shut down. As a professional I know the limitations under the given circumstances. I gave the client a rundown of the process before I started. It was important that they understand what I had to do to capture what was asked of me. That built up trust and a platform to communicate the process. In the end, I was allowed to move more freely than initially planed.