Houston-based commercial and portrait photographer, Robert Seale, was kind enough to share some of his strategies and techniques for putting together a successful portrait shoot. We met up with him in Austin last month for a PhotoShelter event where he brought along an entire lighting crew headed up by Taylor Jones and indie rock musician Michael Scott Creature.
Photo by Robert Seale
After the event was over, we discussed throwing together a webinar as a follow-up where he could talk more in-depth about what actually went into producing the shoot. And we were lucky to record it and share it with you here.
Here are the slides that Robert used for your reference:
and here is the video:
I added some video that I shot from the event to beginning and the end of the piece…it’s definitely worth it to watch the end for Robert’s key portrait advice.
- Canon EOS 1Ds MkIII
- Canon 5D MkII
- Canon wireless transmitter WFT-E4 IIA
- Canon 24-105/4L on all of these photos
- PocketWizard Multimax transceivers
- 6×6 and 8×8 Scrim Jim (Black fabric)
- Profoto 7B packs
- Profoto Pro 7 heads
- Profoto honeycomb grid for beauty dish
- Profoto 1/3 stop diffuser (sock)
- Profoto 7″ honeycomb grid reflector
- Elinchrom Octabank (6′)
- Chimera Medium stripbanks
- Profoto Beauty Dish
- Matthews flags for backlights