A Closer Look at Shooting the Photographs

Listen along in our next installment of Behind the Lens, as Chris shares what it was like to shoot the Emmaus photos! 

Listen along in our next installment of Behind the Lens, as Chris shares what it was like to shoot the Emmaus photos! 

In our last Behind the Lens blog post, which can be found here, Director and Creator Chris Yates explained what it was like shooting the studio portraits featured in Emmaus: The Nature of the Way. This time, he dives into what it was like to shoot the other styles of photos!


Switching between three incredibly different looks was not an easy task. We had to do a complete light change three different times. We first would start shooting the headshot, and then we would move to the seated position, finally ending with the “painterly” look, which took a completely different set of lights to begin with. All of this happened within 30 minutes — sometimes shorter — depending on the promptness of the subject.

Throughout each session, we shot tethered (the camera connected to a computer) so I could be at the computer looking at a correctly rendered photograph, directing the action and giving the okay on “the one.” Finally after each look, we would switch to a 35mm film camera shooting Rollei RPX25 film.


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