Lighting Design

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The title of this tutorial is “Lighting Design”. Not every product a studio photographer shoots is a bottle of Channel #5, a Louis Vuitton Handbag, or a Rolex watch but that doesn’t mean a more mundane, or less glamorous, product shouldn’t be treated as if it is anything less than a star! Every product a photographer shoots deserves to be displayed, arranged, and lit in a way that is artful, exciting, and creative!

This tutorial describes what goes through a photographer’s head as he or she tries to elevate the ordinary into the extraordinary. It explains how a photographer examines the item they are going to photograph, adds props, and develops a lighting design that can make a simple product appear very special. This tutorial explains and shows how lights and light modifiers can be used to achieve these goals.

Finally, the tutorial illustrates how a photographer must be tenacious and not settle for anything less than the very best image he or she can create.

Steve Sint

Digital Still Life Photography: Art, Business, and Style

Steve Sint has spent a great deal of his life walking down aisles backwards. Over a 40 year career, he has photographed over 4,000 weddings, taken over 2 million photographs, and shot over 1 million portraits for his own studio and others in the New York metropolitan area. As a commercial photographer he has photographed thousands of executives and still life subjects. His client list includes, or has included, the American Broadcasting Company, Time Inc., Hearst Publications, Yves St. Laurent, AT&T, NCR, National Semiconductor, Miller Freeman Publishing, MacGroupUS, and Hachette-Filipacchi Magazines. His photographs have appeared on the covers of over 60 national magazines including LIFE, Omni, Stereo Review, and Modern Photography.

As a columnist and contributor his words and photographs have also appeared in Studio Photography, Lens Magazine, Modern Photography, Popular Photography, View Camera Magazine, Railroad Model Craftsman, and he has authored 7 books on photography. In his most recently published book, Digital Wedding Photography: Art, Business, and Style, he shares his experience with his readers in the breezy, knowledgeable, and accessible style his writing is known for. At this point in his career he limits his assignments to 50 per year for a select New York clientele, photographs and writes about things he enjoys, and still finds time to lecture on professional photography, create and produce tutorial videos, conduct workshops on wedding, portrait, and still life photography, while still finding time to work on his model railroad.

His newest book, Digital Still Life Photography: Art, Business, and Style, was released in January 2013.