What Makes a Photo Shooting Different from Filming ?

Today we’re going to see what makes a photo shooting different from a filming one, some people think it’s the same and let me tell you there’s a huge difference between them and today you’ll know it!

What Makes a Photo Shooting Different from Filming

To make it easier for you to understand, I’ll go point by point giving you all the details about these two camera styles. Photo-Shooting vs. Filming

1. Camera Code

Yes, this is the most important difference; in a photo the image is static meanwhile in a filming we need to put the camera in “record mode” and the image is moving all the time; so it’s really important to have a good support for your camera to make a really nice video.

What Makes a Photo Shooting Different from Filming - Camera Code

2. The Light

This is an aspect really important and most of the people think a video and a photo use the same lights; well, let me tell you is not like that, a video needs always to have a white light as the principal one in the set if you want a good quality result, in difference with a photo the lights we use more often the yellow type ones to have that warmer result. This changes a lot with natural light; which is the same for both (video and photo).

What Makes a Photo Shooting Different from Filming - The Light

3. The Crew

I think this is one of the most biggest differences of all, when we’re doing a huge photo-shoot production will maybe just need: one or two photographer’s assistants, a make-up artist, a hairstylist and the models. In a huge production of a video shooting this can go from 7 to 200 people involved or even more. This will depends on how many actors will be in scene, and also how’s the script done; how many people you’ll need to install and uninstall the cranes, the actors/extras, the stylists, the costume designer, the photography director, the art director, the director, the director’s assistants and more.

What Makes a Photo Shooting Different from Filming - The Crew

4. The Money

Most of the time you don’t need lots of people in a photo set, this will reduce your budget a lot. In a video is totally the opposite, most of the time you’ll need a huge budget or someone to finance the video shooting; you need to have in mind the rent of the equipment and lights. If you don’t want to spend lots of money; you can search for people who wants to be volunteer, sell the final result to some TV station or do a web series and at the end everybody’s going to have a little piece of the cake; the only thing is that you need to have “THE CONTACT” for the media or at least have a plan for the internet’s publicity.

What Makes a Photo Shooting Different from Filming - The Money

5. The Actors/Models

For a video you need to have really good actors to memorize the lines, or at least models that knows how to move or speak in front of the camera (Most of the professional ones are a little bit expensive because they’re all scheduled). In a photo-shooting you don’t need a professional model every time on the set; this will depends on what type of photo you’re doing, it’s easier to find volunteers and have a good image, in difference with a video some volunteers will not satisfy your final result.

What Makes a Photo Shooting Different from Filming - The Actors - Models

6. The Script

In a photo-shoot you don’t need to follow a script, you play with the camera all the time; maybe you have the idea for the lights set, but this can change every time if you want to be more creative. Most of the time for a video shooting you have a plan and a script to follow; you can play a little bit with the lights but this will depends on who’s the client.

What Makes a Photo Shooting Different from Filming - The Script

7. The Equipment

A photo-shoot you can do it in a studio or in an outdoor set; what makes a photo shooting easier than filming is when it’s outdoor you have less equipment to bring with you. You can do also a video in a studio but you need to bring lots of materials to do the ambiance or use a green wall; that’s why the filmmakers always prefer to bring their equipment to the locations. The costs to transfer lots of equipment can be sometimes out of your reach; always make a plan before the shooting day.

What Makes a Photo Shooting Different from Filming - The Equipment

8. The Location

This is the same for both, the locations will be depend on the photographer’s idea or the director’s plan for the video shooting, in all the cases you need to set up everything with time.

What Makes a Photo Shooting Different from Filming - The Location

9. The Time

A photo-shoot can be done really quickly if everything goes as planned (From 30min to 2hrs). For the video shooting will be totally the opposite, this can be “really quickly” but we talk about 2 hours at less to have one take. A photo-shoot can be done in one day or maximum two days; a video-shoot is done at less in one week.

What Makes a Photo Shooting Different from Filming - The Time

10. The Post-Production

For a long film (from 25min to 2hrs) the post-production can take from 2 to 6 months to have the final result, in difference with a photo-shoot you can have the final result in 2 days or maximum 1 month (This will depends on how busy is the photographer).

What Makes a Photo Shooting Different from Filming - The Post-Production

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