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Had the privilege today of being able to do a brief one-on-one instructional session with a budding local photographer.

behind the scenes at an instructional session with David Bickley Photography

Studio lights can be phenomenally intimidating to anyone that’s never used them before. Natural light is one thing, but being completely in charge of the light is a different animal. With natural light you pretty much have to deal with what you get unless you have a lot of modifiers or additional light sources on hand. The sun provides, and you manage it. In the studio you have far greater control for sure, but it can take a fair amount of time to get used to how to handle that.

As with anything it just takes time to get to know the methods and practice. I have to say though, for the first time trying it she did a great job, and certainly would have even if I weren’t there for guidance.

See you tomorrow,