Controlling Color and Light When Fusing Still and Moving Images – Sanjay Jogia

     

by Dave Mobbs – October 4th, 2016

Sanjay Jogia and his wife Roshni Jogia run a successful WPPI & SWPP award winning luxury destination wedding photography business based in London, and has been recently featured as one of the 6 Best Wedding Photographers in the World by Professional Photographer Magazine alongside many other notable industry veterans. Sanjay is also one of X-Rite’s newest Coloratti.

In this latest blog, we spoke with award winning wedding photographer and X-Rite Coloratti, Sanjay Jogia about shooting a recent pre-wedding video and stills project in Rome. Sanjay explores the various challenges of capturing still and video on the same shoot and bringing those two things together as well as controlling color and light with the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo and Passport Video.

The convergence of still and moving image is here. Video and still images have always had their own individual role, but with the emergence of 4K cameras, as image makers and artists we can now choose the right medium for the vision we want to present.

When we were approached to do a pre wedding shoot in Rome earlier this year, we were able to create a hybrid photo/video slideshow, which combined stunning moving image with stills which the couple can keep forever.

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The resulting slideshow was showcased to 500 people at the couple’s wedding reception. This shoot presented us with a number of technical and logistical issues, and to achieve the best result, there were three key areas we needed to focus on.

A clear vision

By getting to know the couple in depth before we started the project, we were able to build a storyboard for the slideshow which reflected the couple’s personal story and captured their personalities. To be honest, whatever kind of wedding we’re doing, we need this knowledge of the couple. For me, this knowledge is what makes the difference between a run of the mill shoot and world class wedding shoot.

In this case it was even more important to have our story board because we wouldn’t have the luxury of being able to shoot in order. We had to grab whichever shots we needed during the day, and then piece them together.

Top tip: Despite always having a really clear and detailed plan for a shoot, I always feel something has gone wrong if we haven’t deviated from this plan! That may sound counter intuitive, but if the plan didn’t shift, I’m not paying enough attention to external factors, and not being creative enough; being responsive to the things you can’t control and seeing these opportunities is part of our process. To do this, you need a good plan in the first place.

Shooting at night

Creating the shots we needed for this project, with Rome’s iconic scenery and landmarks in full view, without massive crowds, meant that we had to shoot the majority of things at night. As such we used continuous lighting and the street lighting of Rome.

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Using the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo and ColorChecker Passport Video was an integral part of ensuring that all of the shots we took in these controlled but unique lighting conditions were consistent and accurate. Having the confidence that we had an accurate and consistent reference across still and moving image was incredibly reassuring for a hybrid project like this.

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Before using the ColorChecker Passport Photo

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After using the ColorChecker Passport Photo

In truth, I prefer shooting later in the day as a rule anyway, I find the light more inspiring and interesting than harsher daylight. The sun going down does interesting things to the colour of the light and the failing light actually makes controlling artificial light easier.

Top tip: Using LED lighting is fantastic, it really helps with our shoots, but very often the LED lights do have a green hue to them and the lighting is perhaps not as clean. That’s where using ColorChecker targets comes in, and we can ensure consistency,

The data from both ColorChecker targets meant that our post-production process was much more straightforward than would have been possible on a hybrid stills and moving image shot.

Shooting in Rome

A slideshow like this wouldn’t work without Rome’s stunning backdrop. Without it, we might as well have been anywhere. To get this backdrop we had to shoot at night. It also meant that we had to shoot parts of the storyboard whenever we could. Rome also gave us a few challenges. When you’re shooting in public spaces you have multiple things to contend with. In Rome we had two or sometimes three different police forces to contend with (when around the Vatican), and we needed to get permission of different locations, such as restaurants. We actually found that by shooting video and setting up lighting restaurant/bar owners were quite happy as we created a bit of a stir around their premises!

Overall, the fusion from video to still was a success. There were definitely challenges such as continuity, and ensuring that transitions from video to still were well graded, but by shooting in 4k, and by having the control afforded by the X-Rite ColorChecker targets, we knew we could focus on the creative element, while the quality was looked after.

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Before using the ColorChecker Passport Photo

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After using the ColorChecker Passport Photo

Sanjay Jogia is an X-Rite Coloratti and uses the ColorChecker Passport Photo, ColorChecker Passport Video for colour capture and the i1Display Pro to calibrate his screens. He studied Architecture at the University of Bath all the while integrating his love of photography with his presentation techniques.  As a qualified Architect, Sanjay draws many comparisons between photography and his architectural background with imagination, creativity, light, composition, space, aesthetics and surface being the common to both disciplines.

You can learn more about Sanjay and his award winning wedding photography business Eye Jogia at www.eyejogia.com/

 

 

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