Intentions/purpose of the photography to be undertaken
My intentions for the photography that I'm going to undertake in this course is a mixture of low-key, and high-key studio photography with some location pieces thrown in to provide some context to the subject.
Reasons for selecting 'Drag Queens'/'Drag king'
I have chosen, as a project, to focus on 'drag queens' or 'female impersonators' as I think that this is an original idea that has a number of creative possibilities. Drag queens traditionally are vivacious, extreme and outrageous, some portraits portray this stereotypical image of them. I would like to take more 'non-conventional' shots that portray a more emotional side.
The Photo imaging equipment and medium that I will be using and why
Camera - Nikon D80
Lens - 18-135mm and 50mm 1.4
Flash transmitter - IR
Studio lights/Equip - Prolinca 400 X2
Interfit EXD 200 X2
Coloured gels/Barn doors/Snoot/Honey comb
Sekonic light meter
Background -Lastolite Highlight/lowlight/grey
Variety of paperback grounds
Flash - SB800 speedlight
The purpose of using this equipment is to provide me with the maximum amount of creative flexibility in both the studio and on location in the clubs that I will be shooting to provide some background research to my studio work.
Techniques that will be used and how they will help convey the visual message
In the clubs, in order to provide me with the desired effect, I will adopt a more 'documentary' style with a series of 'reportage' shots that will portray natural unposed shots. In the studio I will position the subjects in a series of pre-arranged lighting set ups and poses to achieve the desired project outcomes.
How light quality will be applied and controlled to help convey the visual message
The type of light that will be used is a mixture of both natural light (on location) and studio light. The key thing to consider when taking shots in the clubs is the lighting rig set up to light the performance and who to adjust the flash setting to create the desired effects.
Risk and health and safety considerations
In the studio the health and safety considerations are easier to manage as the environment is more controlled. Practical issues, such as cable management and dealing with hot lights and attachments have to be considered. On location the environment is not so controlled, so an awareness of potential hazards is essential and need to be identified during pre-visit trips.