Facetime Virtual Photoshoot

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Quarantine might mean the world has come to a standstill, but creativity continues to flow. So, in a unique combination of imaginative minds-meet-technology, we came across several Facetime Virtual photoshoots, where photographers have shot images or videos of their muses through FaceTime or any other video calling app. Shot for magazine covers, ad films, and more, they are a testament of the #newnormal.

What Facetime Virtual Photos are NOT

  • FaceTime photos are NOT selfies. Except that they are. But also they’re not. Just… keep reading.
  • They do NOT have to be taken via FaceTime. Some photographers have mentioned using Zoom or Skype for their virtual photo session. But all-in-all, folks seem to agree that FaceTime is the best tool for the job.
  • iPhones and laptops do NOT replace pro cameras – thank goodness. Otherwise we’d all be out of a job.

What Is a FaceTime virtual Photo Shoot?

It is like a regular photo shoot – only virtual! The photographer is on one end of a FaceTime call, and the subject is on the other.

The photographer will give direction and provide prompts for the subject as normal, but the subject will also have to move their phone around as directed.

Basically, FaceTime sessions are a collaborative experience between an innovative photographer and your very patient clients. They provide the personality and the place, and you provide the posing, composition, creativity, and post-production.

They are super beneficial for a few reasons:

  • You can participate from anywhere in the world!
  • These shoots give the subjects a feel for what it is like working with the photographer during a real session.
  • There are very minimal requirements to participate – see below!

What are the Technical + Space Requirements?

First and foremost: a good internet connection is vital so we can communicate efficiently! The subject should have a newer iPhone – we usually recommend an iPhone 7 or later. Both parties will need to have iOS 11 or later with Live Photos enabled. This is because the photographer will be taking photos through the live photo feature, not screenshots! The space the subject will be photographed in will need to have a substantial amount of natural light coming from a window or other source. Finally, the subject should also have a set of books or other surface to prop the phone against. Another option is to secure the phone to the ceiling with duct tape or command strips to get that overhead shot!

How Do They Work and What’s the Image Quality?

When we do these sessions, we usually begin by chatting with the couple or person and getting to know them a bit! This is what we do before regular sessions too, just so the subjects can feel as comfortable as possible. Then we will usually ask them to set the phone up in front of a light source but facing the subject so that they are evenly lit. Then depending on the light, we might play around with having the light to the right or the left so we can experiment with shadows. We’ll give all the direction so the subject can just focus on having fun with the shoot! The shoot usually takes around 20-30 minutes. 

How Do the Photos Look So Good?

Then it’s editing time! This is where the magic really happens. Obviously the images won’t be high-resolution. They won’t look nice in print, but they do display well online and on mobile devices once all the editing is done! We bring the images into Adobe Lightroom and apply white balance and contrast adjustments, as well as some clarity and sharpening. Occasionally we’ll actually add more grain to the image to really embrace the low-fi feel. We would definitely say that this is the main reason to have a professional photographer conduct these sessions. Besides having the correct editing software, there’s also an in-depth knowledge of editing required.

We’ll also take some of the final edits and create some images of the photos in a scene of some sort! These are taken by displaying the edited image on our iPhone and putting the phone is a scene on surface like a table or blanket, with objects like flowers or puzzle pieces, then taking a picture with our actual camera. This results in fun and creative images at a much higher quality. We like to include a few of these in our gallery deliveries in addition to the original photos!

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