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Whether you're a photo enthusiast or a working professional, it's important to have a "compass point." So says David Hobby, publisher of the popular Strobist.com blog and a former staff photographer for the Baltimore Sun.
A compass point is a set of guidelines aimed at helping you arrive at the intersection of your personal interests and your business goals. In this course, David talks about his experiences running a photography business that's rooted in photojournalism and the community where he lives. The course combines honest advice and practical techniques from a photographer with firsthand experience setting up a successful business.
As an extra bonus, each movie in the course is lit in a different way, and David shares his lighting techniques for each one.
All right, time for the light. Let's see, this is fairly simple obviously one thing it's, it's obvious that my key light's coming from up here, if you want to back it out a little bit. Again, we got a grided 12 by 12 Rosco LitePad Axiom, thank you Rosco, you're awesome. and, and, and again I'm working at the edge of the light. So you can see how the light is falling off as it goes down my face. If I were to move closer in, that light's going to look very different. But I'm looking just at the edge of the light. And if I were to take this light and move it around and point it towards me, again, it's going to look very different.
But, I like to work just at the edge of the light. I'm going to look down at my monitor to make sure I've got that right here, if you'll excuse me. So, working on the edge of the light, helps me light from this, but it also helps this side to go dark. I can do that with a flag or a gobo, just put in between me like that. Lots of different ways you can do it, but having an edge to a light source, and these little light pads definitely have an edge to them, and I've accentuated that by putting the little egg crate grid on the front of it, it gives you a lot more control. In the backdrop, we have a, I'm going to step, step up here for a second and staring in the mic. We've got a, basically a circular, a circular defuser, and we've got a little hot light, not hot, because it's LED, shining through it, which gives us, which gives us a nice gradient as we go.
Am I in the right place, there we go. So it's a little bit, little bit of a graphic thing. It might not be obvious what it was. But what we're doing is, we're sitting down in, in the cave here and, and playing with the tools that we have to play with. And as lighting photographers, we hope you appreciate that.
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