Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Unit Still photography 101

This past summer, I did some unit still photography for a short film called "The Stakeout". I was super excited about this gig as I got an opportunity to hone my photography skills, meet some new people, visit a new film set and experience a new place - Steveston Harbour.

I'm also very happy to share with you some key still photography or regular photography preparation tips. I hope these tips will help you with your still photography or regular photography gigs.

Ensure that your camera battery is fully charged (from the previous night)
Depending on the number of hours you spend on a set, you'll probably snap at least 50 pictures, so you'll want to ensure that your battery is fully charged at 100% from the beginning. One of the best ways to ensure this "assurity" is to charge your battery the night before.

Enter the shoot with an open mind
I know a lot of photographers like to use formulaic photography rules and techniques. However, I these rules and techniques aren't always applicable for all shoots or sets. Each set has its own peculiarities so I like to go to the set with an open mind. I usually like to assess the physical and human environment, snap from different angles, or try different settings on the camera to see which setting works best.

Organize your photography kit (from the previous night)
Organizing early helps to ensure that you have all your camera accessories and an extra battery - for the day of the shoot.

Check out some of my "Stakeout" photos! 😊


  1. Unit stills photography sounds interesting!

  2. Very much so Kayda. It gives you an opportunity to see another side of film production