There's so much great content on the Profoto blog. Once a week I wander through their archives looking for new material to share. I'm never disappointed because Profoto is so much more than the manufacturer of the finest lighting systems in the industry - they also set the standard for online and offline education.
This post I wanted to share today is from their "Rising Light" series. The tagline says it all, meet the stars of tomorrow. There's a thumbnail you can click on over in the right column to check out all the young artists featured to date. Harley Anderson does an outstanding job of introducing us to Adrian Rae, a student at Seattle Central College.
What I enjoy most about this series is the opportunity Harley and Profoto give us to meet some of the future leaders of the industry, while at the same time sharing great content, often including lighting diagrams. Looking at Adrian's images and reading her comments, especially her willingness to work hard and pay her dues, leaves little doubt we're going to hear more about her in the future. She may be a student at this point in her life, but she has the wisdom and the passion of a seasoned veteran. It's going to be a kick to follow her career!
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Rising Light is an article series highlighting promising photography students from all over the world. This time we talk to Adrian Rae at Seattle Central College, who has her aim set on editorial photography.
In order to succeed as a photographer, or any profession for that matter, you have to see the bigger picture. Having ideals is fine, but if you plan on earning a living doing what you love best you need to understand what it takes to achieve your intended goal. Adrian Rae gets it.
“Before enrolling at Seattle Central College I was overwhelmed by the amount of information I didn’t know about photography. I felt limited creatively and I knew if I wanted to be a real contender in the industry I needed to get my technical skills down in order to succeed as a commercial photographer.”
Before enrolling at the Seattle Central Creative Academy, Adrian was an available light shooter with zero experience with studio lighting and was well aware this is a subject she must conquer if she wanted to move forward. Today she readily admits having lighting skills is absolutely essential for doing the kind of work she wants to pursue.
“I’ve come to realize the fact lighting is the glue that holds everything together in a photograph – it’s what brings all of the elements into the frame and holds them there. It’s an extremely powerful tool that I use as part of my storytelling. I use light to create the mood of the photograph and guide the viewer’s eye.”
She also respects the work of more contemporary photographers such as Joey L, Lara Jade, Sebastian Kim, Emma Summerton, and Georges Antoni, each of whom has motivated her to move forward as a photographer.
Adrian started out using hot lights, which she found invaluable for learning about lighting ratios, lighting placement, the basics of positive/negative spaces, and how to use these attributes to create strong images. She’s since embraced electronic flash.
Though she really likes the results she gets when using the Profoto Softbox RFi 3′ Octa, she’s still experimenting with other Profoto light shaping tools including the Magnum Reflector and the Profoto Acute/D4 Ringflash. The lighting possibilities they bring to the table really get her juiced.
Photographer: Adrian Rae
School: Seattle Central College
Profoto gear of choice: Acute 2R 2400
Visit her website: www.adrianrae.com