Twitter shoot

Gwen Lindvig by Mark Wallace. Copyright 2009 Mark Wallace/SnapFactory

Today I had a terrific shoot with Gwen Lindvig. At the last minute I decided I would give real-time updates via Twitter. It was a lot of fun and a lot of my twitter friends enjoyed it. I think I may do this again but I’ll do it a bit differently.

Things I liked:

  • People were asking questions via Twitter during the shoot. I was able to answer and even snap iPhone shots to illustrate what I was doing.
  • People were talking about things real-time. It was a blast to have a group talking about things as they progressed.
  • It was great to take snapshots of the lighting setup and then show the results so quickly.

Things I’ll change:

  • I’ll probably create a Twitter account just for the live updates. I’m not so sure EVERYONE wanted to get so many updates.
  • It was a spur of the moment idea. Next time I’ll make announcement so people will know in advance.
  • It was too much to shoot iPhone updates, tweet, and conduct a photo shoot all at the same time. In the future I’ll have a dedicated “reporter” shooting and typing updates for me.

Thanks for everyone who joined in on the fun. Let me know if you have suggestions or comments.

Diane was the makeup artist today and did a stellar job. Our model was Gwen Lindvig. I’ll post some of the photos once they’ve been retouched.

  • Rich

    I for one certainly enjoyed it. It would be great to somehow capture the tweets in a blog format after the fact. That might help close the circle even more. I'm not sure how you'd do that.

    Great job, and great idea. I'll definitely follow another account if you set one up. Hopefully people paid attention and this will spark similar creative uses for Twitter.

    Rich / SeeTTL

  • SnapFactory

    Update: You can see some of the iPhone shots from the shoot here:

  • SnapFactory

    Excellent Idea Rich. I’ll see if I can figure out how to roll up the tweets in a blog format. I’m sure I could do it manually or #tag the items to do it automatically. I’ll see if I can figure it out.

  • AcademyAward

    Gorgeous photo of Gwen Lindvig. Did you use Composer when you shot this or a lot of Photoshop afterwards ?
    Would really be helpful to me to know.

  • SnapFactory

    There is no Photoshop at all. We desaturated a bit in Lightroom but that's it. You can see the setup here: and us reviewing the photos here: and the raw files in LR here: The difference is a shallow DOF and a professional Makeup Artist.

  • Huangshan Tour

    Great post!