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Classic portrait lighting technique

Chuck Vosburgh - Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Model: Chainsaw Chuck Majewski Photographer: Chuck Vosburgh

My buddy Chainsaw Chuck stopped by my Studio Lighting Class at The Arts Center for a few portraits. Chuck is a very talented illustrator and photographer and was more than happy to try anything we could think of.

For this image, I wanted to have a 30's kind of look and give him the look of great stature. So, in the spirit of old school lighting, I used a single bare bulb with a snoot on it. That's it.

You don't need a lot of equipment to get good results. I've noticed that most of the old pros don't use a lot of equipment on their shoots, and I've found as I've grown as a photographer, I'm using less and less equipment. I guess it's just human nature to want to complicate things, and I think there's a lesson there.

Here are the technical specs:

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