Practice makes perfect, but according to master photographer Joe Buissink, there is no such thing as the perfect picture. Instead he says…
“The only thing that’s perfect is the moment.”
You might ask why practice then. I’ll tell you why… because if you aren’t prepared in the moment, you’ll miss it. If the only thing that matters is the moment, then we had better not miss it fiddling with our cameras, studio lights, and equipment.
Next question is what if you don’t have all the studio lighting equipment you would like to practice with… then fake it till you make it. Everyone has a flashlight somewhere or can buy a used video light. Music editorial photographer Zack Arias is famous for his one light photo shoots… which means you can do it too. Start small. For my tasra365 daily image the last three days (day 1 + day 2), I used the same figure and the same one light, but got different looks and styles based on the direction, position, and intensity of my light. You can do the same.
Don’t let finances, location, lack of equipment or resources ever stop you from gaining the experience and skills to you need to be prepared when that perfect moment strikes.
Technical Knowledge and Images: Learned from and looked at images from the Creative Live Digital Photography class on lighting today. If you aren’t following along in this class, you can catch up for free this weekend when they’re playing all the previous online classes. If you can’t make it this weekend, consider purchasing the digital edition (I’m going to)… it’s only $79 for over 20 hours of high quality education on everything from camera, lenses, exposure, focus, lighting, composition, and so much more. (They aren’t paying me, nor am I getting any kind of commission for mentioning them… I just think what they’re offering photographers is amazing.)