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How to Do A Remote Photoshoot: Keeping Creative in Quarantine with FaceTime Photography

Claire Petersen, Fashion & Influencer Photographer

How to Do A Remote Photoshoot: Keeping Creative in Quarantine with FaceTime Photography

Claire Petersen, Fashion & Influencer Photographer

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12 Lessons (44m)
    • 1. Introduction

      1:56
    • 2. What Exactly is a Remote Photoshoot?

      2:32
    • 3. Coming Up With a Concept & Finding Inspiration

      4:30
    • 4. Finding a Model for Your Remote Shoot

      5:39
    • 5. Styling the Remote Shoot

      4:12
    • 6. Finding a Location for Your Remote Photoshoot

      2:27
    • 7. The Tech You Need

      2:53
    • 8. Setting Up Your Digital Studio

      1:39
    • 9. Tips for the Shoot

      6:14
    • 10. Editing Your Shots in Lightroom

      5:01
    • 11. Editing Your Shots in Photoshop

      5:56
    • 12. Your Turn: Class Project

      1:20
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About This Class

With much of the world in and out of lockdown, it’s difficult to stay creative and work as a photographer. But being stuck at home—for whatever reason—doesn’t mean you can’t take amazing portraits. Self portraiture is one way of course, but why not embrace technology and do a remote photoshoot?

Remote photoshoots, also known as FaceTime photoshoots, are a creative way to work with models anywhere in the world. You could be in the comfort of your own home while taking photos of a model posing from their high-rise apartment in Singapore, or garden in the outback of Australia, or... wherever.

The remote shoot is not only about getting unique photos for your portfolio from anywhere in the world, it’s also a great way to collaborate with other creatives, to practice producing photoshoots, and to challenge yourself during the editing process.

If you’ve never done this kind of shoot before, it’s hard to know where to start. Luckily, you have this class to guide you. In these videos I clearly  outline the steps and will help you avoid any roadblocks so you can dive in and create some cool imagery from you remote photoshoot.

In this course, you'll learn…

  • How to come up with a concept for your remote shoot
  • How to find a model and creative collaborator
  • How to style the shoot, without being in the same place as the model
  • The technology you will need for the shoot
  • Tips for the actual video call and photoshoot
  • How to photoshop out the artefacts that arise when taking photos of a screen

This class is for people who already know their way around a camera. If you are an intermediate or advanced photographer, you should be able to follow these steps. If you are a beginner, you might want to start by learning the basics, which you can do by learning how to take self-portraits… Or just dive into remote photoshoots, who am I to hold you back?!

Good luck with your first remote photoshoot! I can’t wait to see what you create in the class project section!

Thank you to @ritafraccalvieri and @alantoye for modelling for the featured remote photoshoots. See more on my photography Instagram, @shotbyclairep.

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Claire Petersen

Fashion & Influencer Photographer

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I'm Claire, a photographer, visual artist, and Instagram addict. Nice to meet you!

New York City was where I first started taking photography seriously, and realised it was a viable career option. There, I built a niche for myself doing photo shoots for Irish bloggers, and worked with influencers as big as Erika Fox (@retroflame).

Now I'm back in Ireland, and continuing to build my career as a fashion and lifestyle photographer. As I build my portfolio and skills I'll be sharing what I learn along the way, and I would love for you to follow along!

 

"Claire's class has given me a lot more ideas and I have found out about stuff I had no idea about."

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1. Introduction: Hi, I'm Claire. I'm a Berlin based fashion and lifestyle photographer. And today I'm gonna be teaching you the step-by-step process of how to do a remote photo shoot, also known as a FaceTime photo shoot, with much of the world in and out of lock downs due to the pandemic. It's been harder and harder for photographers to do the traditional photo shoots with models. So with these kind of constraints, creativity does come along. And a lot of photographers have been embracing the remote photo shoot. Remote photo shoots are a really great way to stay creative, even when they're all these constraints and you're not even able to leave the house, you can still do photography. So as the world was quarantining, magazines even got in on the remote photo shoot action. Actually Vogue released a series of photos with Bella Hadid as the model. And this was a remote photo shoot. It is definitely something that photographers are embracing. It's probably not gonna replace photography anytime soon, traditional photography, but it's definitely a foreign concept to play around with during these times. And it's not just about the pandemic. Remote photo shoots are a great thing to play around with because it means you get to work with models that aren't just in your locality. You can work where models anywhere in the world, as long as you can choose a time that works for both of you, then you can do a shoot. So these photo shoots, they see more complicated and they are, they're actually not too bad. But there are definitely some pitfalls you can fall into. And as I've been experimenting with remote photo shoots throughout the last year, I've noted the most common pitfalls that I would like to share with you, so you don't fall into the same traps and challenges and roadblocks that I did in this class. I'll be taking you through the process step-by-step. So you can do your own remote photo shoot, from organizing the shoot, finding a model, to doing the actual photo shoot and editing photos so that your first remote photo shoot can go as smoothly as possible. Thank you for joining me in these classes. Let's get started. 2. What Exactly is a Remote Photoshoot? : Firstly, let's get something really clear. What exactly is a remote photo shoot, because this is a very new concept. While a remote parachute is simply when the photographer and the model are not in the same location and using technology such as Facetime. And it doesn't have to be FaceTime. It could be any video cool app or software. The photographer and the modal will do a photo shoot. The model could be in a different country completely. The modelling photographer do not need to be in the same spot. But the point is, you can still do a photo shoot and this is whatever moat photo shoot is. The photographer will take photos, probably using DSLR photos of the actual laptop as you're doing the video call or screenshots. So now that we understand what a remote photo shoot is, why should you bother doing one? Well, of course the obvious answer is that in and out of lock downs means that photographers can always do photo shoots in person course, the pandemic is one reason why you might want to do some remote virtues as a photographer, either to work on building your portfolio when you can't leave the house, when you're quarantined or perhaps to work with clients and offer another photo shoot service. But it's not just about quarantining and the pandemic. It's also just another great way to be creative. You're using technology in this new interesting way. And the fact that there are these constraints and that you have to direct someone over a video call. Well, it can be awkward and it can be challenging. It definitely can lead to creativity. And of course, there's an added benefit that you don't need to be in the same city or the same location as model. So if you've worked with some amazing models in the country, you can reach out to them and asked if they'd like to do a photo shoot. So it's pretty cool as well. Why am I teaching this class in particular, as well as with most photographers, 20-20 was a bit of a struggle when it comes to working with people in person. So when lockdown started in March of 2020, it was tough to keep creating and to keep a source of income and to keep being a photographer. Remote photo shoots were a great way to get around this. I did a photo shoot with my friend Alan toy. That was the first one I've ever did. He styled the Photoshop, we entities photos into competition. And it was just a really great way to keep creative and keep creating. Even though I had to be inside for a lot of the time. Since then I've really embraced remote photo shoots and now I'd really love to share what I've learned with you. By the end of this class, you will know the steps on how to do your own remote photo shoot. And I'll also ask you to do a class project which will essentially be doing remote photo shoot and sharing it with the community. 3. Coming Up With a Concept & Finding Inspiration: Listen to, now I'm going to speak all about coming up with a concept. And actually, although a lot of the steps to do a remote photo shoot or quite different than a normal traditional photo shoot. But this step is the exact same as your regular photo shoot. You need to come up with a concept or a mood or theme, something to guide the photo shoot you're going to do. You need to have that in your mind a little bit before you start shooting. One of them is obvious and maybe the easiest ways to come up with a mood or theme or concept for issued is to look to Pinterest and Instagram, especially Pinterest, because once you find one image that kinda captures the field, you're gonna go for it or suggest a whole load of other images that are similar. And this is how you can start building that concept and that theme. However, this is really important. Just because you're doing a remote photo shoot doesn't mean that you should be looking for remote photo shoot ideas. You should be looking for ideas that are external from the fact that it's remote photo shoot. Of course, that could play into the theme. And at it's an inevitable part of the shoot that it is a remote photo shoot. So in some cases you would want to experiment and to really highlight that it is a remote photo shoot. However, you can become to tunnel vision and narrowing in on, on the media when really you want to be linear mind expand a bit more and look into other aspects rather than just the fact that is remote photo shoot, because I might start looking the same as everyone else's remote photo shoot. So instead, look for images and themes that are external from the fact that it's a remote photo shoot and do remember to log off. Don't just look at Instagram and Pinterest for your inspiration. Look at art magazines, at general fashion magazines or any sort of visual magazine or coffee table books that you might have. Have a flip through them, see what you can find. And also don't just look at the art world and photography world for your inspiration. Films can be a great way to find inspiration. Tv shows going out for a walk, seen architecture and nature. Of course, that's always a great thing to do to walk in nature. And you'll start getting some ideas just from your surroundings. Anything can spark an idea. And if you only looked at photography and art for your inspiration than your ideas can become very style and you're just kind of regurgitating what you've seen before. Whereas if you're bringing inspiration from lots of different avenues, that's when you're going to come across a really good theme, no ideas and completely original. However, if you're taking from more sources and just one, you are going to have a more interesting idea than if you just look at your favorite photographer, for instance. And now the key part of this point is to create a mood board. So you've got your images from Pinterest, maybe images you've taken on your walks that have inspired you, little things like that. And you'd put them all into a mood board so that this is going to guide you as you are doing remote photo shoot and you're doing the other steps that are coming later. So you could dedicate one slide, one Keynote or PowerPoint slide, and put all the images that you're inspired by that kind of give an idea of the mood you want onto the one slide. Or you could have one slide that is for the visual mood and specific photos that really inspire you. And the next slide could be more of a collection of images for the styling and for the makeup, so that you know how to go down that route with your model, which we'll get to later. So I have more tips on how to do your unmute board in my how to do a street style photo shoot skill share cloth. So of course, feel free to watch that if you'd like some more tips. But essentially you're just doing a big collage, compiling all the images that really inspire this photo shoot that you're gonna be taking inspiration from as you go. However, remember that the original concept might adapt as you go on. It might transform, or it might completely change and won't look anything like what you thought it would. That's okay. But the idea of the mood board is to have a guide as you go. But if your idea changes and your concept changes or your photos don't look anything like you expected to. You're not sticking to it religiously, but it's guiding you. Now it's time for you to have a little go. So set about 20 minutes, ten minutes for looking for inspiration, and another ten minutes to actually do your mood board and compile it in a nice collage on PowerPoint or Keynote. And feel free to share that in the class project section when you're sharing your projects. And yeah, good luck. 4. Finding a Model for Your Remote Shoot: So lesson number three is all about how you're going to find a model or creative collaborator for this photo shoot, choosing a model is always one of the most important parts of a photo shoot. However, with a remote photo shoot, it is even more vital to choose the right model. This is because the model is going to have a much more active role in photo shoot. Whereas in a traditional photo shoot, they might just turn up the location. They might have a stylus and a makeup artist who are putting on her makeup and citing our outfit or the model really needs to do in a traditional photo shoot is turn up on the day and be ready to pose and do that kind of thing. I mean, don't get me wrong. It can definitely be a hard job, especially when they're working long hours. But they're still ultimately just bringing themselves along. And there's a whole team to help do the photo shoot and also the photographer are there to do all the photography. Helped with a setup, help with absolutely everything. But for a remote photo shoot, the model has to do a lot more than just posing. In fact, for remote photo shoot, they'll really need to assist you. They'll need to be your photographer's assistant essentially, and they'll need to get creative as well. So here's my list of all of the different things that the model will need to do that usually they don't need to do on a remote photo shoot. They need to have confidence, be able to pose, actually model, okay, so those are the obvious things that they will need to any photo shoot, but they also have to act as the assistant photographer, the stylist and makeup artist, the hair artist, and the location scout. They'll need to have a suitable place in their house or around their home with enough natural lighting and space, they need to have a camera phone, ideally a decent camera phone, because the quality of the camera on their phone is going to have a huge effect on the final images. So as you can see, the modal has a huge effect on the output of your images. You're going to be relying on them a lot. So definitely keep this in mind as you're looking for a model. And of course also keep in mind your mood board that you made in the last step. Because that's going to feed in kind of look and aesthetic that you want the model to have. How are you going to find a model? Well, one thing I would advise is to first look back at different models you've worked with in the past. Was there any particular model that stood out to you as really proactive, really engaged, really excited, and maybe creative, maybe offering suggestions to you of how they'll pose that kinda thing. Because as you've seen before, you're going to need a model to be really helpful and really interested in the process and up for being creative. So if you already know that you've shopped with someone like that before, that could be a great person to reach out to. And remember that could be based anywhere in the world. This is a remote photo shoot. So think back to all the shoots you've ever done. But if you're unable to shoot with a model you've worked with before, maybe you've only worked with friends and family really and they wouldn't be interested in doing this. Don't worry, there's definitely other ways to find a model for your remote photo shoot. So one way is to go to Facebook groups. And the great thing about him, right photo shoot, of course, is that you don't need to be in the same locality. So feel free to go into a model Facebook page in a really big city, like in London perhaps or New York. And you make a post there and say that you're looking to do remote photo shoot and who would be up for doing it with you? The only thing you need to remember is time zones. Of course, if you're based in Europe and the other person is based in Australia, then perhaps the times I wouldn't be great, you'd have to say up really, really late to do the shoot, but erupt for doing that, that's absolutely fine. So as long as the time zone works to you and your model, then you can probably make it work wherever they are in the world. Like say, simply throw up a Facebook post. And ofs gave anyone's interested in doing a remote photo shoot for both tuple failures. Of course, share some images of your work on, I'm sure you get some interesting models because it is a very new interesting ways to take photos. So that can be really great for their portfolio. And also they might not be doing so many in-person shoots at the moment anyway. So there you go, they'll want to work with you. Hopefully, you can also turn to Instagram, search through different hashtags. Of course, you can go completely dark now and go hashtag model because you're try and find a modal from anywhere in the world. However, it's probably still useful to narrow it down. Maybe go hashtag, London models, hashtag New York models, or your own location. Not that you need them to be in the same location. But I personally find that the quality of modals that rise to the top of these slightly smaller hashtags are better than just a completely generic hashtag model. Because literally everyone throws out up on their posts and you're gonna get loads and loads of people who aren't really even interested in models. They're just interested for the likes, which is completely fine, but that's a completely different topic. So yet, I would advise maybe narrowing new starts to these specific modelling hashtags that real modals are actually using. Let's say you found a model. They've either reach out to you on your Facebook post or you've reached out to them because you've worked with them before, or you found them on Instagram, remember to set a date and the time pretty early on. Once you've both decided that you want to work together, this will give you a deadline to work towards. The deadline of really help push you forward. Now it's your turn to write a list of five potential models you can work with. So you can think back on models you've worked with in the past. Or you can have a little look through Instagram and Facebook CV, find any models that you can reach out to. The point is right down the list, right down that contact e-mail or you're at their Instagram where you can DM them, whatever. And this'll be a great start. And then of course you can get started and stopped messaging some people. But the important thing right now is to make your first little step. So jot down a few names of people you could work with. 5. Styling the Remote Shoot: Lesson number four is all about how to style your remote photo shoot. You're not in the same location as the model. You can't give them any clothes out of your own wardrobe. So how are you gonna go about styling this shoot? Well, the first thing to do is to bring the mood board to the front of your mind. And you definitely want to share your model on the mood board if you haven't already. So go ahead and send a JPEG file or a PDF file of your own mood board to them so that they can have an idea of where you're going with this. And it's also going to give some ideas for the styling. Firstly, what you wanna do is Oscar models look into their own wardrobe. Do they have any items of clothing that are going to work really well for this photo shoot already. Of course, they're going to be very limited by just looking at their wardrobe. It's to be expected that they might not have something exactly like what you want. However, it's all about being flexible. These remote photo shoots are not your traditional photo shoot. You can maybe do everything that you would usually do. So be open-minded. And again, remember that your original concept or mood might adopt as you kind of meet these restrictions. So AS your model to look through their wardrobe and get them to send you some photos of different outfits that they think will work for the shoot. And you basically have the final say over what works on what kind of clothes you want to go four out of those, those photos at the model sends you, however, you aren't just restricted to what's in your models wardrobe. You can get items sent to the models house and get the model to wear them for a shoot and then send them back. Now, this is very morally dubious. I do admit that, but I'm here telling you the secrets of what photographers do have never done this myself, but I know for a fact that established photographers do do this. This is a secret from what I've learned by assisting photographers. They order clothing to the house and then they use it for the shoot. Not always, but it's definitely something that some photographers have done. It is risky. If the clothing gets damaged, you will have to pay for it. But I'm just saying that as a possibility. So there you go. Use that tip at your own risk. As with any photo shoot, you can of course, pull looks from designers, which just means that the designers lend you the clothing for the shoot and then you give the clothing back. Designers are more likely to do this is the photos you're doing are going to end up being published. If you have a magazine that you want to submit the photos too, then this is definitely a great way to get some designers to lend your clothing for the shoot. And how you go about that is literally just sending an email to the designer, let them know the photosphere, doing the mood and the publication that you're applying to submit it to. All those tips are assuming you have absolutely 0 budget for this shoot. However, if you haven't had some budget for the shoot, then you obviously have a little bit more flexibility. You can send money to the model and awesome to go to a thrift shop purchasing items in the theme. Or you could even simply order close and send them to the models house. So of course, if you have some budget, you maybe have a little bit more flexibility in the looks that you create. But at the end of the day, you don't need a budget. You can also use the tips that I've already shared. But there's one more key thing that you need to watch out for when you're doing a remote photo shoot in particular. And it's the moray effect. And this is when there's these weird unwanted artefacts and aligns on a final image. And it's kind of hard to explain, but this is an example of what it could look like. This marae effect can happen in any photo shoot really. But it's even more pronounced or more likely with a remote photo shoot, because you've got two cameras, sensors evolved, you've got your own camera of your DSLR. And he's got the camera of the model who is doing a video call and you're taking the image of a screen. So there's a lot of chances for these strange artifacts to appear. I'll go into how to edit those out later on. And you can kind of edited some washed, but of course it's easier to try and reduce the chance of that effect as much as possible. So to do that, avoid finite fabrics, avoid pin stripes, and hence tooth and other small patterns. So that's how you can style. Let's move on to the next lesson on finding allocation. 6. Finding a Location for Your Remote Photoshoot: This being remote photo shoot, you're obviously going to be very restricted when it comes to the location. Essentially you're looking for somewhere in your models home or even in the back garden if they're up for doing that, or in their locality, wherever they're comfortable shooting. But most likely it's going to be inside their own home or in the Garden. Here's a little list of what the location you're looking for needs. So the model will need to find somewhere with plenty of natural lighting. Unless the model haven't have a ring light or some sort of lighting kit, they probably simply need a lot of natural lighting. So probably somewhere near the window. If you're shooting indoors somewhere with enough space, they are going to need space to set up their phone, their need room to pose somewhere where they are comfortable. This probably rules out public locations like park, because unless the model is super confident and also has someone to help and keep an eye on their stuff, then you're probably not gonna be able to shoot in a local public place like a park. So instead, it's probably best for them to find a space in their home or perhaps in their garden where they're gonna be comfortable posing and listening to your directions. But don't let these restrictions dishearten you, as I've said before. And it's so true, restrictions and constraints lead to creativity. You are going to need to ask the model to find location in there, their house probably like we discussed, essentially, you're gonna awesome to go around and take photos of possible locations in their apartment or their house and send these to you so you can let them know what you think will work and as always, keep the mood board in mind so you can remind them to look for a certain location, perhaps that is already captured in the mood board. Or perhaps you just need a simple, plain background. And in that case, you probably just awesome to look for a white wall in their house. But if there don't seem to be any locations in their house or in their garden that works at the photo shoot, you might need to ask them to make a makeshift studio in their apartment. This is probably a simple as hanging up a bed sheet somewhere in their room where they can use this as a backdrop. You can see here that Rita set up a White BET G as a backdrop. And here, Alan setup a black bed sheet as a backdrop and both of them work really well. So don't worry if you can't find a perfect location in your modals home. You could also just awesome to do this. 7. The Tech You Need: Now onto the technology, which is of course a big part of your remote photo shoot. You might already be used to do intuitional photo shoots where you simply choose location, meet your modal there. Take your 50-50 lens on your camera and you go ahead and take some really great photos. But of course, with remote photo shoot, it's not quite that simple. Let me give you now a list of things that you will need, but also that your modal need. Here's what you'll need. You'll need a laptop or a phone. I recommend using a laptop if you can. You will need a DSLR. This is optional but highly recommended. Technically, you can just do remote photo shoot on your side simply by using a laptop or phone and taking screenshots. However, I recommend using the DSLRs, take photos of your device. Because then you're gonna have a much higher quality image because the actual image itself is going to be bigger, will be speaking about more of this in the next lesson. What your model needs. Your model will of course, need a camera phone. They almost definitely have this already. Oscar modal what make and model their phone is. So you can check out the specs of it. Really neat on their side. However, if they happen to have a tripod, that would make both of your lives so much easier without a triple at your modal, we'll have to balance their phone to get the shot. It's definitely doable. And the majority of the remote photo shoots I have done is with the modal simply balancing their phone, however, is of course much easier if they haven't had a tripod to awesome to place iPhone on the tripod and this way lighting kit. This is of course optional. Most modals won't have this, But if they happen to have one, feel free to use it. If not, then don't worry. Natural lighting will do just fine. Another consideration is whether you're going to be asking the modal to use the front-facing selfie camera. Or if you're going to ask them to use the rear-facing camera, of course, the selfie camera is going to be much easier. That's how they would usually do a video cool is by having the selfie camera pointed at the face so that they can see you budge. On some phones, the selfie camera is really not that great and the rear-facing camera is the one that has good quality. So what you wanna do is awesome model they make and model of their phone so that you can check out the specs and see what you can justify. Is the quality on the selfie camera good enough. Maybe you can sacrifice a little bit of the quality, just the ease of being able to direct them. And for the models be able to see themselves in that selfie camera or is a phone a little bit older? And the selfie camera just really isn't up to scratch. And in that case, you're going to have to ask the model to switch it to the rear-facing camera and take photos that way. And yeah, I thought oh, be easier just to show you what I mean in case that wasn't clear. This is what I mean by the selfie or the front-facing camera. Easier to direct and modal if they're looking at herself here. But the quality isn't always as good as the rear-facing camera. It's something you have to decide before the shoot. 8. Setting Up Your Digital Studio: Lesson number seven is how to set up your virtual studio. At this stage, you're almost ready chute, you found your model, you've got and final location in their own apartment. And you've checked out the technical requirements on both sides. So you have all the equipment that you need for the shoot to go ahead. Now it's time for you to set up your virtual studio on your side. And what I mean by this is just finding a place that's going to be comfortable to your photo shoot. Probably a room that is quite dark because the light source is going to be coming directly from the screen of the device that you are taking photos off. You need to remember to remove any blue light filters on your laptop. Or if you're taking photos of your phone instead of your laptop, removes him on that as well. Because if you wanted to make your images warm, then you can do that in post-production. But I really wouldn't recommend having any blue light filters on when you're actually taking photos. If you don't know what a blue light filter is, then I wouldn't really worry about it. You probably don't have one at all. But if you haven't have something like flux installs on your laptop, then just make sure to disable it. Especially because if it switches on Azure shooting, this can make editing even harder because half of your photos might have no blue filter and the other half might have the blue filter on disabled flux or any sort of blue light filter is while you're doing the photo shoot. And then of course, make sure your devices are fully charged. If you're using your laptop, make sure it's charged or plugged in. And same for your phone. And of course you're probably using the DSLR. So make sure that it's fully charged as well. With that, you're pretty much good to go and start your photo shoot. 9. Tips for the Shoot: I'm about to photo shoot with a lovely Rita, a remote photo shoot, of course. And I've set up a little studio here because I'm actually going to try and get some of this background and the computer in my final shots. I'm not sure how that's gonna go. So maybe I'll just go with the more actual images from the screen, but at least I'm going to give it a go. So this is what my setup is like for my makeshift studio. I've simply taken a tablecloth and I've draped it over the table here. I have obviously my computer, that's going to be where the actual shoot is happening, my main point of focus and just have some of these tape, this tape to hold it up and the book as well to keep it steady. And yeah, there's my camera and I'm going to take photos on the floor and hopefully they'll look good. So remember, of course, to plug in your laptop to fully charge a camera and also give your screen or wipe. I mean, I probably could've done a better job of this, but it's okay. I'm it's bright enough that I don't think we're going to notice this modulus. I won't need to edit it too much. But yeah, give it as good, as clean as you can basically. So I'm just waiting to give rhetorical. She's gonna give me a message when she's ready. Basically, she's doing a bit to prepare it balcony. And it's interesting, I'm not exactly sure how it's going to look. She sent me photos of the balcony as it is normally. We kind of discussed maybe putting up a white sheet somewhere. So but I'm not exactly sure how it's going to look. And that's kind of one of the exciting things about doing remote photo shoot. It really is a collaboration. Yeah, I'm hoping that read it does a good job. I'm sure she will. I'm excited to shoot in a couple of minutes. So this stage, you've done all the preparation that you're going to need. Now let's talk about the actual photo shoot, the actual video cool that you're doing and how it's gonna work around 30 minutes before the actual photo shoot, I would usually give a quick texts to the model, make sure that everything's okay, that they're still up for doing the photo shoot, honestly, just to remind them as well. Then at the time of the shoot, first, I just send them a quick text saying, are they ready to go? Can I give them a video call instead of video calling them straight away and catching them off guard, it's better just to make sure that they are a 100% ready to go. Once they reply and say they already, then you do simply dust, give them a call on whichever video app that you're using, whether it's FaceTime or Google, Duo or zoom or whatever, once called them. And you can of course begin. Firstly, they're probably already in the location that you're going to shoot out, which is great. But you will have to do some framing of the image Oscar model to move around their phone and try and find the best background and framing for the photo. The model on their side can use a pile of books to balance the phone. Or like I said before, if they have a tripod, that's great as well. Awesome to set their phone down in a certain point of the room. Then maybe tweak it after you get them to stand in the pose that they're going to be in. You might say actually it's a bit too far away or it's not far away enough awesome to move it forward or back depending. And just make a few tweaks before you've got the framing As You Like It, take care at this time to get the right framing. Because once you find the right framing, you're going to be committing to it a remote photo shoot. It's not easy to change a framing out a real traditional photo shoot, you can easily move your self and your own camera around to get the perfect shot. But for a remote photo shoot, it's quite annoying for the model. Tough to move it again, especially they didn't have a proper tripod. So you're better off choosing one kind of position and framing and then running with it and asking the model to pose and different ways to make it interesting and different. Instead of actually moving the phone, the framing, the photo shoot is pretty much like most photo shoots you've already done. You'll direct they a muddle through the video call, awesome to pose in certain ways. Perhaps you can show them how to do the pose if it's a, if they're using the selfie mode on their camera, then there'll be able to see what poses you suggest. Awesome to whole poses that looked good. So you can make sure you can snap away and get the photo, tell them if they're hairs out of place or their makeup is out of place, or those normal things that you would do on a traditional photo shoot. Go ahead and take photos off your screen. Take a bunch of photos. And even though I do recommend using DSLR and taking photos of your laptop screen for these remote photo shoots, you can also take screenshots, and this is just a good backup to have these screenshots in case maybe you really have issues with moray effect when taking photos with your actual DSLR, then you can have a look at the screenshots you've taken and seen of any of those are going to work. A lot of apps already have the ability to take a screenshot or a photo of the live coal, for example, on FaceTime, you can very easily click a button to take a snap of the live video call. Or you can simply take a regular screenshot as you would on your phone or on your laptop. So there you have it. You've done a remote photo shoot. In the next lesson, we're going to be looking at how you can edit those photos. So I'm just finished the photo shoot and it did not go to plan because I could not hear her. And it's strange because I I don't use FaceTime that much. I don't have an iPhone, but I have a Mac and so I could use FaceTime for this shoot. But for this time it didn't work. I did a remote photo shoe a couple days ago with FaceTime and it worked fine. This time. I could not for life of me here. It just wasn't working. My sound on my laptop was fine, but I could not hear her. So that was interesting. But luckily, it was that way round that I couldn't hear her because because she could hear me and that that meant that I could direct her. So I think that was the most important thing. Obviously, an ideal world, it would've been better. We could both communicate. But I guess with these kind of remote photo shoots, you do just have to roll with whatever happens. Technology is a huge part of it. Sometimes technology doesn't work for you after Geithner doesn't roll them, think on your feet. And yeah, I mean, of course you could have maybe switch to another video app. Maybe we could have, I could have asked her to download Google duo. We could've done it that way. But you know what? It worked actually fine without me hearing her. So I just gave Oracle said let's us do it without and then after the shoot I call a backend. We discussed it and, you know, it just kind of checked up with everything. So yeah, I can't wait to edit these photos and to show you them. 10. Editing Your Shots in Lightroom: Lesson number nine. Now we're gonna discuss how to edit your remote photos. As with every step, you're going to want to consider your mood board. Are there any editing styles pop out to you in your collection of inspirational images? What's the general vibe you want to portray with your edits? Is at Brighton airy, dark, moody, something in between? Or is it something else entirely? Have an idea of what you want your images to look like before you start editing. I recently did a photo shoot with the lovely model, Rita, who you can see in these images. And these are my edited final images. But today I'm going to choose one of the images that we got from the shoot. And I'm gonna give you some tips and tricks for editing. So first up, I would open Lightroom. You can open up whichever application you use for editing photos. So personally I use Lightroom first two, basic color correction edits, and then I use Photoshop to get a little bit more in depth. Let's bring up some of the images. So some of these have already edited in Lightroom. So for instance, areas, this one, and as you can see, it's clearly a photo of my screen. So that's what we're going to edit now and make it look less like a photo of my screen. So I'm gonna click develop. And the first thing I'm gonna do is actually go down to Lens Correction. I'm gonna go ahead and click remove chromatic aberration. And most importantly, I'm going to click Enable Profile Corrections. And what that does is it sees that I used a sigma 35 mil 1.4. It found it automatically, but you can also look for the make and model yourself. And it went ahead and applied the edits to remove the distortion. So you can see that's before. There's a sort of bend in the laptop screen. If you look at the top of the laptop screen, you'll be able to see that when I turn this on, that Ben has gone away, so the distortion is reduced and that's what we need to do first. And next we'll go ahead and crop. So we want to crop out all of the stuff that is ship looking like the laptop. We want to get in nice and close. So we just kinda see the model and we'll also see me taking the photo, but we're gonna deal with that later. So I'm gonna crop to around here. As you can see, the photo isn't fitting exactly in the crop. So that must be because I didn't shoot the laptop screen. Absolutely add a perpendicular. So I think that what has happened is that's why it's not a proper rectangle. So we're going to fix that as well. So first I'll crop it a little bit out and then I'm gonna go down now and I'm going to six the fact that it's not a proper rectangle. Here, you wanna go down to transform and you wanna tweak the vertical on the horizontal. So for instance, in the vertical I can see that at the bottom it's just completely wrong. So the vertical needs to be moved one way or the other. In this case, it needs to be moved to the right. That's already much better. And I also think the horizontal needs a bit of a shift. This way for the horizontal. There we go. So you just kind of tweak it until it's looking about right? I think that's looking pretty good. It might make more sense doing this before the crop actually, but regardless, it doesn't really matter. So that's definitely looking much better now. So now I can crop right in so that I'm only seeing model and her backdrop. This is where we're at. So as you can see, the moray effect is in full force at the top of this image. We're going to try and get rid of that a bit. But we'll do that in the Photoshop. But first we just need to tweak the normal color settings like the exposure and highlights and shadows and all that kinda good stuff. So I'm gonna speed run through this. But if you want more detailed tips on how I do these kind of edits, then I also have a seal sharp claws on how i edit my, how I edit portrait photos for kind of a bright and airy feel. So you can also check out that clause if you want more tips about the actual color editing. So what I would advise is to really lean in to the fact that it's not a super high-quality image. So usually I would add a bit of grain to my remote photo shoot photos because it kind of takes the edge of the pixels that you see or the tiny little lights on the computer screen you can kind of see. So I would usually add grain. Now I am going to add grain, but I'm not going to add it in Lightroom, but you could add it in light room here. But anyway, the point is just kind of really lean into that kinda low quality vibe and embrace it. Don't worry that it's not a super high-quality image. It's never going to be super high-quality like it is if you were taking the photos there with the person, but it's okay. It's okay. And then we're gonna go ahead and open it up in Photoshop. So let's go ahead. And actually this is quite easy tip if you're just exploiting one photo, a great thing to do is just go off to export open in Photoshop 20-20, and then it's gonna open up straightaway for you. It's pretty handy. 11. Editing Your Shots in Photoshop: So now what we're doing is we're looking at Photoshop. So right off the bat, they mean, obviously we want to fix here is fact that I'm at the top right-hand corner. You can see me taking the photo, how to get rid of this? Well, you need to create a new layer. They are new layer. Then I would go Command 1 to get to very close to it. Now you want to press S for the stamp tool or it come over here and select it and click Alt to find your point that you're going to use this as your reference point for the stamp tool, then you simply erase it out by, again, using the Alt tool to select what you want, to select what you want to copy and then clicking to paste over it. So I'll just go ahead and do this to do it. Well, you probably need to spend a while on it. I'm going to do it quickly now and not spend too long on it, to be honest. But yeah, if you wanted to it really well, you would have to spend a while just to get it perfect. I would not send it like this. I would totally spend a good half an hour to an hour editing this to perfection. But I am doing just a speed on for you now. So I'm not gonna go into every step oh, how I selected these edits. If you want, step-by-step on how I do my color grading in Photoshop. Then what I'll do is I'll direct you to my editing Skillshare class, so you can definitely check that out. But for now, I'm gonna show you how I specifically edit remote photo shoots. So I do all the other steps that are in the other class. But there is an added thing that age do. And it's to try and get rid of these little squares that you find on your computer monitor. It's fine to have it a little bit. Like I say, we're kind of experimenting with a medium. It's all good and the quality is never going to be a 100 percent. But we want to try and reduce it because it is quite stark right now. Make a new layer from all the layers below on a Mac Command Alt Shift and E to make a new layer from all layers below. And then go to Filter Blur, Gaussian Blur, and add a bit of blur because it's going to help get rid of those weird squares that you find when you take a photo of your monitor. And it will also help get rid of the moray effect. So how far you go here is up to you. If you don't mind your image being a bit blurry, then by all means, pushed this to its absolute limits. For instance, here, at radius 2.5 on the Gaussian Blur. I quite like that. So you can see here that it's really taken away all the horrible little squares that you find when you take a photo of your device. And the top here where I edited out my face. It's kind of annoying me because like I said, I did it in a kind of a hurry. So I might just corporate out because it's really annoying me. So that's what you can also do. You can also just drop the bits out that you don't like. And also, I think a really good example, the more effect is behind her here. And even though I have the goals in Blur, you can still really see this effect. To get rid of that, there's another trick you can do, again, make a new layer from all the layers below. Then you go to filter, filter gallery. Go to a splatter, put smoothness or one and spray radius of 25. Click Okay. Now the background you can see that MRI effect is gone. But of course, the model, you can't see her. So you want to make a new mask layer go Command I to invert the mask layer to black, which means none of it shows through. Then go beef brush to bring up your brush tool. Choose white so that anything you paint on is going to show up. Now on this layer, this layer that you've added is going to show up when I paint. So watch me paint here. And it's going to show up. So I just need to be careful around her hair. Obviously, if I get too close, you'll start to see these strange splattered effects that we don't want. So here, you can just use a soft brush to go around the edges. And you can use a lower pasty brush to kind of merging where those edges meet, where the splatter effect meets the actual photo. And if that's looking a bit extreme, you can of course take down the opacity. It gets rid of the edge of the more effect. It's not completely fixed if you take down your Pasiphae, but at least it looks natural and it's less of an eyesore. So there you go. I've pretty much editors now, I don't like the band of yellow around here that somehow has come through and it took the photo. I could try and edit that out further. But another great tip that I'm just gonna share with these day is if in doubt, you simply can make it black and white. Black and white is amazing. It really is. It saves a lot. So I will just do a black and white layer. Then I would duplicate it. Then I would make it soft light, which is adding a bit more contrast. And then I'll take down the opacity of the soft light one. But as you can see, that's a really nice black and white image. Now, from before, these are just like remote, it's to after the black and white. So like I say, I did run through this pretty quickly. I would definitely spend more time on editing it, especially the clone stamp, more time on that to make it perfect. But I just wanted to quickly run through it so you can see exactly my process. But I'm also going to show you images now that I edited and I spent more time doing. So, have a look at these images. These are all remote photoshoot images. Actually for the photo shoot I was doing. I did want to play with the idea of the remote photoshoot for the specific competition I was entering. So you can see in some of the photos that I took the photo, I didn't edit it out, but on other ones I did edited out. These are photos from the remote photoshoot that I edited. But as long as you remember to embrace the quirks of the shoot, it's never going to be a perfectly crisp in-focus photos. These are going to be a little bit funky and yeah, just embrace it. So they go now onto the final video. 12. Your Turn: Class Project: By now you should have all the knowledge, the tips and steps to do your own remote photoshoot. I hope that you can see that there are a lot of differences between doing a FaceTime or remote photoshoot compared to doing your traditional in-person photoshoot. However, I hope I've also shown you that there are a lot of similarities. And if you can take good photos in person, then I've no doubt that you can take good photos in your mouth photoshoot. Now of course it's time for you to have a go. So using the tips and tricks and following steps I've shared in these lessons, I am giving you the project of going ahead and doing your own remote photoshoot. If you follow the steps I've given and you can find a really good modelling collaborator, then I've no doubt that you're gonna get some really great photos at your remote photo shoot. And we'd all love to see them, so please do share them in the class project section below. As always, you can share your remote photo shoots on Instagram and go ahead and tag me so I can get my feedback or just let you know how great you are doing because I'm sure you're doing great. My Instagram is at Shopee carpi. Feel free to go ahead and tag me if you use the tips and tricks that I've shared in these classes, you can also follow me there, of course, or follow me on my personal self portrait instagram, which is at by carpi. So that's pretty much it. Thank you so much for watching this class. Wishing you the best of luck with your remote photo shoots and with your photography in general.