Saturday, January 23, 2010

Please stand on the "X"

"Matt Reichman stands in for a photo during a portrait session on XGR Ethics in the Provo Daily Herald studio, Wednesday, Jan.20, 2010."

I wouldn't consider myself much of a "studio photographer."

No, it's not that I don't know my way around lights of all kinds, or don't know how to engage a subject one-on-one, it's that I just don't spend that much time in studios. It's simply that most of my lighting experiences have always been on location.

With that said, I can light just about anything and anyone with ease. Lighting was ironically one of the first things I dabbled into when I started shooting. That's thanks in large part to meeting David Hobby personally on assignment around the time he launched his famous Strobist blog.

I thought I could learn what he was teaching with ease, and aside from him and the other photojournalists in Baltimore at the time, I didn't know any students really lighting at the time.

Since then, I've sort have bailed on lighting subjects. I used to light everything. But I broke away from that when I moved away from shooting a lot of portraits and wanted to branch out my work.

So nowadays I only break out my small Nikon SB light kit maybe once a month? Maybe less? And as for the studio? I think I've used the Provo Daily Herald studio maybe twice since I've been here.

One being the other day...


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