Dean Collins was a lighting master extraordinaire and wonderful educator. If you have the chance to study his old videos you will learn a lot. Purchase here.Yes, he was still based in film but the lighting techniques don’t change. You’ll have to watch several times because he’ll probably be talking over your head until you expand your vocabulary and put some of his ideas to work. (pause buttons work great with Dean’s videos ’cause you can take time to absorb before moving on)
Dean mentioned one thing that really sticks in my head and leads to today’s Photo/Art quote and that was to break down your lighting equipment every night. Put away your lights. If you leave them in the same positions that they were in the day before chances are you’ll be making the same images you did before…
“Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago.” Bernard Berenson
Bernard Berenson was an historian that dealt with art so we let him in to the Photo/Art quote on Successful-Photographer. You know I don’t need a heavy connection to photography to bring up a point or two in these Sunday conversations…
Anyway, I digress. The point is I’m a firm believer in education and experimentation. I believe it was Einstein that said, and of course I’m paraphrasing here, ‘the definition of insanity is doing the same things the same way and expecting different results’. We need to attend lighting programs, sales programs, read books, magazines and scour the Internet and try new things if we are to grow as image makers. I see many photographers stop attending workshops and monthly photo meeting and I quickly see their image making skills grow stale.
Seek. Practice. Play. Become a stronger image maker. I dare you.
Yours in Creative Photography, Bob