Lighting basics

February 04, 2015  •  Leave a Comment


I have a customer that drove 4 hours to get help with lighting. Although he hadn't planned on being photographed today, I think this turned out really nice.We started with one light, and added a light at a time, eventually having this 4 light portrait. If you look at almost everything that can be mastered to some level of consistent execution, it demands solid basics. Sports? Yep. Cooking? Absolutely! I can't think of anything right now that doesn't include basics.

I believe that we are experiencing a "dumbing down" of portraiture. And at the very same time, there is a resurgence of classic, timeless portraiture by some great shooters. I love the portrait works of  Tim and Bev Walden in Kentucky and Tim Kelly to name just a few. Please understand that I am in no way comparing my work, or this image to the likes of these incredible photographers. What I am saying is that we will never be able to create beautiful portraits like theirs without complete control of your lighting tools...modifiers.

I have a passion to help pass on these basics to others. I will be teaching a lighting class at Professional Photographers of Ohio "Photo Blast" on March the 13th. I'd love to have you join me. We will use great equipment and get to photograph models in a studio setting. I hope you can make it!