Over the many years of my career on the professional photography side of the industry, starting in 1987 at Hasselblad USA, you can imagine how many photographs I've seen. From actual prints in fully loaded portfolio cases, years before the Internet, to thousands of online galleries today.
One area that's a never-ending challenge for so many artists, especially wedding photographers, tends to come with food and detail shots. I recognize how difficult it is when you don't have the gear, the studio or for that matter the time, but check out this post from Profoto's blog and the work of Preston Ray.
I'm a huge fan of this series, "Rising Light," which profiles student photographers from all over the world. In this post, Harley Anderson does a terrific job of sharing the work of a student focused on learning to control the light. And, while you might not have access to a studio environment like Preston does, you do have access to the same gear through any Profoto Dealer or Rental House.
Even more important is raising the bar on the educational tools available through a wide variety of resources, including Profoto sponsored workshops, conventions, and conferences. If you're a wedding photographer, you'll rarely have the time to set up a shot like some of Preston's below. But, understanding how to capture images like this will help you with whatever equipment and time constraints you're dealing with.
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Rising Light is an article series highlighting promising photography students from all over the world. This month we introduce Preston Ray at School of Visual Communication at Ohio University.
The problem with growing up in Havre Montana is that despite an abundance of endless big skies and scenic landscapes, there’s a serious shortage of photography schools. Graphic design programs you can find. Photography departments? Zilch. Odd as it may sound if it wasn’t for the fact Preston Ray fell in love with a girl from Romania he might not have ever discovered the wonders of studio lighting.
Preston has been taking pictures for the better part of 15 years. It wasn’t until he began pursuing an MA degree in Commercial Photography at the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University at Athens, where his now wife is pursuing her PHD, that he discovered the wonders of studio lighting. Being a self-admitted control freak, studio lighting was in his eyes the tools he needed to break through a few creative walls he had been facing. Rather than chasing the light Preston Ray slowly began learning how to control the light.
It was during this weekend where he was able to finally apply his undergraduate graphic design training with his growing understanding of studio lighting. It was also during this weekend that Ray came to the realization it was possible for him to actually earn a living doing what he loves doing the most.
Ray’s current camera system is composed of a Nikon D750 with 50mm f/1.4, 85mm f/1.4, 105mm f/2.8 Micro, and 70-200mm f/2.8 Nikkor AF lenses.
Though he has a knack for portraiture, Ray has been leaning more towards food and automotive still life mostly because he can fuss over the detail with inanimate subjects easier than living and breathing subjects. As for the future, Preston says he’d like nothing better than to be able to travel the world and photograph all of the more visually stimulating dishes he encounters along the way.