Focus on Action more Than Idle Behavior: As a film set photographer, you must know when it is the right time to take a photo. That means more than making sure your photography work does not get in the way the cinematographer job during any scene. It also means that you should save your time, energy and film (or memory card if you are using a digital SLR) for moments when the key players are in action. Photos of an actor checking his voicemail may be cute but images of him during an argument, police chase or climbing onto the back of a moving bus is much better. Film set photos of people sleeping, daydreaming and even eating can be very boring.
Special Effects, Stunts and Jokes are good sources of action photos on a film and TV set. If you are working on an action film, try to get photos of the SFX team preparing explosives or rigging accidents. Stay on top of the department that handles props and photograph them as they prepare fake body parts, weapons or humorous items for a film scene. Photos of people sitting or standing still will not make you look very professional. These photos can be taken at anytime; where it is the action packed moments that may only come around once.
Take Advantage of Scene Rehearsals: Photos of the director and actors discussing a scene can be one great addition to your collection when taking film and TV set photos. This also gives you a chance to take all of the necessary photos before the real scene actually takes place. You could use this time to get everyone together for group photos. Rehearsals are a good time to find out what will be happening next so that your camera will be ready. If you have any questions about where actors or staff members are going to be located during a scene, this is one of the better times to ask.
Makeup and Wardrobe is King: Some of these moments may not be easy to capture because photographers are often restricted from accompanying actors while they change clothes for a new scene. Therefore, it is best to take advantage of moments when you can photograph actors changing or modifying their wardrobe. If someone already has a costume on and he or she just needs to add accessories or be zipped or buttoned up, that is an opportunity for good photos. There are also great opportunities to take film and TV set photos when an actor’s makeup is being applied or fixed. The amount of photos that you can get in this department is plentiful, especially when working on film and TV shows that require prosthetic makeup.