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Mar 27, 2014

Photography Production Packet for Photo shoots

Photography Production Packet

We have found that a huge part of a shoot’s success lies in the Pre-Production. The more time we spend planning a shoot the better it turns out, that is why we created this Production Pack.

As a rule we do not place a photo shoot on the calendar until the Production Pack is filled out completely, that way we know exactly what we are getting before we start.

In the past, we have had some photo shoots that didn’t quite come out as we planned and they end up not being released publicly. It’s really a terrible feeling. In looking back on why the images failed it almost always was the result of poor planning and pre-production. Production guides like these help to greatly reduce the risk of failure.

Below are a couple of links to download our pre-production guide. One is a PDF if you would like to print and use it as is, the other is an Excel file if you would like to customize it.

Download Production Pack .PDF
Download Production Pack .XLSX

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    M-E

    Nice video, but where is the production packet excel or pdf files that were promised in the video?

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      Phlearn

      Hi M-E,

      It will actually be included in our Newsletter once you’ve subscribed! There was a pop up link at the top in the beginning.

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      Phlearn

      Hi Bobby,

      It will actually be included in our Newsletter once you’ve subscribed! There was a pop up link at the top in the beginning.

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    BobbyShots

    Ok, i will just wait for it in the newsletter. im already subscribed.

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    Mark ODonnell

    Hmm.. just an idea for you ($$). Perhaps you can make this a branded iOS app (Android)? I use iPad tools similar to this but they aren’t specific to photography. It would be nice to have an app like this.

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      Phlearn

      Wow, thanks Antonio! Do you have any suggestions for what you would like to see in future tutorials?

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    Steve Brokaw

    Good photo shoot pre-planning tool. I normally us a call sheet on all photos shoots. These are sent to the models, MUA, designers & hair stylist. I like the additional information on the model’s sizes / eye / hair color / length. I often forget to add this information to my call sheets.

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      Phlearn

      Yes, definitely helpful to have those details! Do you have any suggestions for what you would like to see in future tutorials?

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        Steve Brokaw

        I primarily do model & editorial fashion centric photography in studio. I would very much like tutorials on lighting for model shoots, post processing for contemporary magazine submissions (online & print)

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      Phlearn

      You’re welcome Ray! Glad to help. Are there any suggestions for what you would like to see in future tutorials?

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    Aly Whitman

    This might be a dumb question, but how can I get rid of the phlearn logo in the excel sheet?

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    Garrett Allen

    Thank you for this!! Not only did this make planning my next shoot a lot more stress free (this seems to be the solution to my ADD when it comes to planning), the whole team involved said it was very professional and they were impressed. Huge thanks for the help. This is still my go to site for help.

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    Anjani

    Hi Aaron. I love this, thanks! And I have a tutorial request. I need to do a shoot with a whole bunch of fish bowls, with a goldfish apiece, in one shot, in a scene. How do I do this in composite without having to, uh, rent a bunch of fish??

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    Ash

    Awesome tutorial, really helped me out! The one thing I finding lacking in the photography world (commercial) is the access to really useful information. IE Licensing images, usages, and other “paperwork” things that as a creative are pretty foreign to us. I am just getting into commercial photography and find there’s allot of technicalities that I’m just not used to… So I guess I’m saying thank you for demystifying one of the many facets of this work!

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    nidhibharat

    gr8 growing phlearn,i need to ve a phlearn t-shirt,realy nice work u r doing,life for distorted photo enthusiasts…. (pls send me two phlearn t shirts for me n my wife,we just love ur work) god bless u … thank u

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    Luke_Fisher

    I love the concept of planing ahead and needing the ideas prior to shoot as I am a young photographer and watching the plan just fold out as it’s written. I will use the production packet a lot, love your work ????

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    annaconsta

    It really helps to plan ahead. I’m not a professional and when I first started I didn’t do much planning, all was in my head, but didn’t write anything down before a photo shoot. And after the photo shoot I realized I was always forgetting something. Or even during the photo shoot, I realized I forgot the remote trigger for the camera at home :)) After a few events like this, I started writing everything I need for the next photo shoot and bring the papers with me at the photo shoot. It helps a lot, I am not that professional, I write everything down by hand, I don’t have a computer template. But either way, it’s cool. I make one or two sketches of how I want the model(s) (usually friends) to stand and show it to them. And I have an other sheet mostly for me, with possible camera settings and things I must bring at the photo shoot (both props and technical stuff, like the remote trigger or LED flashlights, because I didn’t buy a speed light just yet :)) ). And I laugh with my friends a lot about my drawing skills, when I show them the sheet with the sketch of them. They look more like aliens than humans. But we have fun and I get to learn something at almost every photo shoot and that is the important part 🙂