Jamie Vesay

Partner and Collaborator to Filmmakers, Photographers, and Creatives – mostly within the commercial advertising realms and budgeted projects.

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“I prefer to PLUS the boards, shoot at BETTER locations, collaborate with the ENTIRE crew, and bust ass toward KILLER results. As a Leader of creative pros, I guide the project within a professional PROCESS, proper story-telling, OPTIMUM photography – and FUN.”

Respectful of the CREATIVE, sensitive toward CALENDAR, conscious of BUDGET.

Ask me.          jamievesay@gmail.com

 

Shooting Golf

Shooting on golf courses is a mixed blessing on multiple levels. Being outside all day, watching clouds and wildlife, the quiet…

Bayside Golf course TRD WM2x IMG_0693 - Version 2 copyThe challenges include – the weather telling you when to shoot, the golfers not really caring about the shots you need, and if you like the game, it can hurt watching everybody else play when you are working. No matter, since the “worst” day shooting on a golf course still beats the best day shooting in any studio.

Here are a few tips to shoot commercial photography or motion on a golf course:

  • Choose holes on the back nine if possible. Ideally, #’s 17 and / or 18. Even the earliest golfers won’t arrive there until later. Plus these holes are usually located closer to the parking lot or clubhouse (making for better access).
  • It helps tremendously if you and / or your camera operator play golf. Knowing the nuances of the game, from etiquette to wardrobe to pace of play, can benefit you.
  • Weather can kill you – literally. Lightning loves golf courses and finds them from far away. Be prepared to take shelter! Have an escape plan.
  • Establish a working relationship with the Greenskeeper. You’ ll need their support carts and general guidance. Plus, you’ll be standing on their baby.
  • Yield to golfers. They have the right of way.
  • At stuffy old-school country clubs or private courses, a strict dress code may be enforced. Stuff like no jeans, collared shirt, etc. might apply to you.
  • Know the course by hole, by building, via access roads, and short-cuts.
  • Check with the sprinkler schedule. If they are on automatic, you’ll need to know when they blow and if they can be shut off.
  • Respect the staff, the game, and the land. They will give back if you do.

Have fun.

Photos and words COPYRIGHT Jamie Vesay 2014  ANY USE requires permission.

Scouting the Sun Light

The most important thing to know about Location Scouting any exterior location or any interior location that involves natural light, is where will the sun rise, travel, and set – or the sun’s path. More importantly, what will that path look like on the day you will be shooting? That time could be the next day, month, or year.

Sunrise in trees and fog Jamie Vesay TRD via CameraPlus iPhone Small WMI am surprised to occasionally encounter human beings, that are simply unaware that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. Sadly, some don’t even know which direction east or west is…

Technically, the sun rises and sets due east and due west at a very limited time of year.A small fact that most earthlings don’t know (because they’re not Scientists or Location Scouts) is that the sun’s path shifts at different times of year from a southern track in winter and a northern track in summer. Hence – the shot above is sunrise from early summer shooting almost due northeast. The shot below is sunset shooting due southwest – in September.

cropped-wet-alley-at-sunset-nm-dutch-iphoto-treated-wm-copy.jpgSome times on the day you’re scouting, it’s cloudy or you’re in the shadows of buildings or a natural canyon or indoors. Yes, there are a few amazing Apps available to help you or you can always go old-school and use a compass. But you firstly have to know where the sun will be traveling that day.

In movie-making, DP’s would often order a Light Study for a location. This practice is rarely employed any more because of the Apps mentioned above but it would involve a Scout being at a location all day, snapping a photo every hour, to see when the best light occurred. I did one of these recently at the times of day when I knew we would be shooting. It was refreshing to see the actual sun path and learn what it was doing.

Pause and reflect on that one shoot.  You know the one.

Pause and reflect on that one shoot. You know the one.

I have been paid to watch the sun rise and set –  for “work” – and I am grateful. In most cases, it was me, the camera, and the daily gift of natural light. There is a quiet calm that can only be experienced at those paused moments. Those moments have been magical and they make for elements of production nirvana.

Learn from the sun’s path. Shoot it when it shines best. Be thankful you’re seeing it.

* My compass readings are based on the geography of the United States of America. 

Photos and words COPYRIGHT Jamie Vesay 2014  ANY USE requires permission.