In my last post I stressed the importance of physics when it comes to photography. Which is right. And wrong. As chemistry beats physics. Even in the digital age - it always does.
There was a time when photography was all physics and chemistry. Back then. When all of us were young. Kodak. Ilford. Tetenal. Jobo. Those who remember do get my drift. Today we are shooting with computers that have dials, shutters and lenses attached to them. There is no chemical reaction that occurs in a sensor. But still, chemistry is out there.
It is chemistry which makes or breaks a shooting. The chemical reaction between humans is what could (and usually should) drive a shoot, making it an extraordinary experience with extraordinary results. To achieve this you have to act accordingly. Depending on your subject you may have to be mildly insane or just be a good listener. But you always have to communicate and interact with your talent.
Don't be silent. Especially when you are not working with professionals. Make compliments, or make a fool of yourself at times. Communicate what you would like to achieve, tell her/him what to do. Be verbal. Direct. And chemistry will happen and work for you.
Talk. Don't be shy. If your talent shines, then tell him/her so. If it is the opposite, do whatever you can to make your model shine. It is not the lighting, not the technology - it is you as a director that must initiate a positive chemical reaction on the set.
The shots for this blog were taken during a session with wonderful Widget as first installment of the Army Of Love series. We had a wonderful day, a day that took way longer than planned. A day that left me exhausted, just because we all worked so well together. Chemistry was strong within the team, as Master Yoda would have called it.
Communicate. Listen. Listen. Listen. Shoot. Get some reaction going. It's chemistry. Most likely the only thing that will never change, even if we will sooner or later be shooting with our connected glasses.
Special thanks to Widget and Britta. No models or make-up artists were harmed in this production. Some pixels went over the plank on the right side of the histogram though.