Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Topsy Turvy

Equipment by killy
Equipment a photo by killy on Flickr.
Spent the day assisting Taggart on a local shoot. It's really awesome to watching T go through the motions as professional architectural photographer.

He has an impressive array of equipment: unmanageably heavy padded boxes of lights, stands, cords, lenses and other equipment to manage any eventuality. It's a sight to behold. But even better is watching him 'know' what he is doing. He set up and shot exposures without a single meter. Walking into a room, he knew the angle from which to shoot. His considerations came instinctively: lights were placed in such a way to avoid highlights from areas i hadn't considered; there were planes and lines that had to be managed.

I guess the most surprising thing was that he didn't do much in the way of color balancing the strobes with the ambient light. Not that it mattered. I should ask him about that.

Anyway, i tried to take a portrait of him while we waited for the perfect twilight sky, but he would have none of it. Jerkface.

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