Join Jim Sugar for an in-depth discussion in this video An interview with Jim Sugar, part of Shooting with Wireless Flash: Studio Portraits.
Photography was something that from an early age it felt right to me, and more…importantly it made me happy.…And one of the very, very earliest pictures that I shot got published in the New…York Times Sunday Book Review, and the Times paid me the princely sum of $25,…which at that time was a fortune, and that was a great experience.…And I also had a chance to photograph William Manchester, who at that time was…writing Death of a President about John F. Kennedy who had been assassinated…about two years earlier, and those pictures got published.…
So I learned very early on, A, that I was good at photography and I shot nice…pictures and that there was a market to do the kind of work that I did.…Even though I was living in a relatively small place like Middletown, but it was…halfway between Boston and New York.…And so I made a lot of weekend trips back and forth between Boston and New York.…Fairly early on during a geographic story I had a chance to meet the man who I…consider to be the smartest human being I've ever met, the absolutely great…
In this installment, Jim shows how to light and shoot a portrait with a dramatic look. He demonstrates a variety of inexpensive lighting tools—clamps, gels, and other light modifiers—to light the subject and the background. He also shows how to offer direction, pose the subject, and make him or her feel more comfortable. The course wraps up with tips on distinct ways to effectively light and separate the subject from the background, using gels, adjusting lights, and modifying the ratios between multiple strobes and the ambient light in the room.
- Preparing for a shoot
- Positioning the subject
- Using light modifiers, clamps, and other lighting accessories
- Assessing the results
- Tips to remember for lighting and shooting portraits