Gettin’ Techy About Production Stills

On set of The Passing. Portrait courtesy of Richard Hill.

I’ve been working as a photographer on film and TV sets for a number of years now. I just love it. What I don’t love is the fact that there is very little information about this important film making craft. I’ve found no specialised courses and very few other publicly available information sources.

Almost everything I know about shooting production stills has been self taught, through trial (and the occasional error) working along side many other film making professionals and simply doing the best I can to get great publicity images without getting in the way of the crew shooting the footage that will ultimately hit the big and small screen. Over the next few months I plan on publishing some of my thoughts about the role of the stills photographer in film and television, what I do and how I do it.

Obviously, there are going to be different approaches and I’m going to write about what works for me, but my aim is to stimulate some discussion.

I’ll be more than happy to take questions, so if you have burning questions about shooting on film sets, send me an e-mail  and I’ll make sure I include it in a forthcoming article.  E-mail me at angus at production-stills.co.uk.  Please feel free to pass on a link to this blog to anyone you think might be interested.

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