PortraitPro 21 - 50% OFF + an EXTRA 20% OFF! Use Code: EPZJS

Remote model shoots


Time for an update: I still use film, though. Not vast quantities, but I have a darkroom, and I'm not afraid to use it.

I enjoy every image I take: I hope you'll enjoy looking at them.
...Read More

Remote model shoots

23 Nov 2020 7:16AM   Views : 381 Unique : 227


Models have had a thin time of it this year, with restrictions that prevent most of them shooting with most photographers. I contacted Vampire Princess, who Iíve worked with a few times over several years, and asked her about her experience of remote shoots.

What does remote shooting involve?

Remote shooting is literally being able to shoot with anyone anywhere. From the modelís end it requires a DSLR, laptop or PC, tethering cable, tethering software (personally I use Digicam control), Wi-Fi and Zoom. It works by tethering the camera to the laptop and using the software to remotely control the camera settings, then I'm able to share my software screen via zoom so the photographer can then control my camera.

From the photographers end it requires zoom (free to use) and a good Wi-Fi connection.

I know that you take pictures yourself Ė does this make remote shooting easier?

My experience as a photographer helps when setting up lighting for a specific look, or helping new photographers with camera settings.

Are there any special problems for you as a model with remote shooting?

Iíve not really had many problems other than the tethering cable breaking mid shoot and my Rotolight batteries dying.

How have photographers responded to remote shooting?

It has been a mixed response. Some photographers don't understand the concept and don't want to understand it, for others it's a chance to work with models anywhere in the world, models they would likely never get the chance to work with in person.

What sort of lighting equipment do you use?

I use a Rotolight and a speedlight with honeycomb, snoot or dome attachment depending on desired effect.

What would you say to a model who wants to try remote shooting, but hasnít got any experience behind the camera?

Personally Iíd say a model needs at least some experience behind the camera.

Whatís the best image youíve had from a remote shoot?

Thereís a few. If I had to choose it would be between a fine art nude shoot with John Patton from a long distance tethered shoot (West Midlands, UK to Wyoming USA) or there's 2 horror themed portraits taken by Rikki Singh.

How do the costs compare with an ordinary shoot?

Cost wise I shoot at a discounted rate purely for the fact I don't leave my home so there's no travel costs involved.



dudler Plus
17 1.4k 1775 England
23 Nov 2020 7:16AM
There's an obvious follow-on from this blog... All things being equal, I'll be writing about the photographer's side of a remote photo shoot tomorrow.
chase Plus
15 2.0k 516 England
23 Nov 2020 2:24PM
It's all about technology, it moves on faster than I can keep up !
dudler Plus
17 1.4k 1775 England
23 Nov 2020 3:42PM
After the significant pain of family Zoom meetings, Kay (as Vampire Princess is in real life, and when working)was a delight: we spent an hour shooting today, and the blog tomorrow will reflect it...
JuBarney Plus
9 33 5 United Kingdom
23 Nov 2020 7:13PM
Love your top shot
dudler Plus
17 1.4k 1775 England
23 Nov 2020 9:59PM
Thanks, Ju!

There will be more pictures tomorrow, from today's session, along with my thoughts on how well remote shooting works.
philtaylorphoto 19 334 2
28 Nov 2020 6:54PM
If only Canon Connect worked over Internet connections. Hold on, scrub that, if only Canon Connect worked.

Sign In

You must be a member to leave a comment.

ePHOTOzine, the web's friendliest photography community.

Join For Free

Upload photos, chat with photographers, win prizes and much more.