Bookmanz it very much is a thing, woman as furnature pops up alot in Japanease henti and I have seen some stunning pictures of real woman turned into lights etc. Getting in and out of there required alot of careful wiggling but it was to funny not to take a picture!
Thanks for your lovely words everyone, who know one day I may find room to jump in for another nuder flash at camera.
The hyper observant amoungst you may have noticed that our back stage pictures have currently vanished. Fear not the brains in our IT department are working hard to fix this little problem and in the mean time you can still get your dailey dose of abbywinters backstage magic here on the boards!
When we have the camera in hand we always wear headphones so we can listen out the any sounds our movements or other movements around us cause on the mic however for the intimate moment shoots (as picture above) the photographer leaves the ladies alone so we don't need to worry about our sound being picked up, plus we use directional mics. With that said when we shoot outdoors I am sure the editors must be treated to sounds of shooters (especially me) tripping over logs on their way out of the area before the ladies start )
Frans those are called 'shotgun' mics and they do a pretty good job of zeroing in on the subject they're pointed at whilst having the ability to pick up a whole lot less sound that's anywhere to either side of them. Shotgun mics are the choice for 'run-and-gun' news gatherers, interviewers and professional filmmakers because of their ability to capture sound from a target subject much more clearly than, say, a cardioid mic.
It's the coice of mic type and the particular brand and model of shotgun mic that the AW shooters have chosen that fortifies the technological edge AW has in the outstanding quality of its vids.
Masie, the mic booms I see there in the photo are also an excellent idea. The booms help get the shotgun mics closer to your speaking subjects whilst protecting the frame of the camera's capture. That, folks, is professional videography.
aaah, those prevent the 'whoosh' sound you sometimes hear with other sites when they're shooting outside? Good thing that, 'cos NL can be windy
Yup. Those fuzzy-wuzzy thingies we see fitted over te mics are called wind socks and they're essential for when shooting in any outdoor environment because they block the wind.
I use a mic blimp on my outdoor shoots. The mic inside the blimp is fitted with a standard, foam windscreen and then the blimp is fitted with what we call a 'dead wombat' wind catcher that will prevent any wind activity from making it to the mic pickup.