He has a great ability to shoot many genres and do exceedingly well at it. Even prior to meeting him, everyone who knew of him would ask him how he would light his subjects, no matter what he shot. It seemed so effortless in execution but very appealing as an end result. Recently, he released a book with these answers. Granted, there are plenty of other reasons, this is one trait of his that immediately stands out. He can also effectively communicate that vision.
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How do you create dramatic lighting that demands attention? You work on it. Every single day. When fashion photographer Quavondo bought his first strobes he had no idea how to use them effectively.
Quavondo decided he would figure it out by himself. So Quavondo isolated himself in a spare-bedroom studio in his apartment and shot photos for 30 straight days.
When Quavondo emerged from his 30 day exile, he had learned some invaluable lessons about Dramatic Lighting Techniques that any photographer would have been proud of.
Broken down and explained. Each chapter focuses on a different type of lighting e. The background story behind every image is candidly discussed.
How did Quavondo bring out the personalities of his varied subjects, ranging from the extremely energetic NBA player Rodney Stuckey to the gorgeous fashion model Alexandria?
The shoot variables considering the subjects are revealed. For example, what would the difference be shooting a jumping NBA player versus a lithe supermodel? How were the make-up, styling, and concept perfected with each shot? The lighting techniques are broken down. How many lights were used?
Where were the lights aimed and why? A lighting diagram accompanies every image so you can mimic the same light setup exactly. Lastly, the camera settings are given so you can see how Quavondo shot the image.
The reasoning behind his choices is also given. Not just lighting diagrams in Dramatic Lighting Techniques. Get inspired as well. Although, this ebook was written for all types of photographers, the people who will get the most out of it are the intermediate to advanced photographer. While I loved the technical walkthrough of his shoots, the sheer number of great images in this book definitely stirred up some creative juices in me.
Had a job since the age of 7 and has worked every single day of his life since. His photography skills come from blood, sweat, and tears.
Quavondo’s Dramatic Lighting Techniques
Book: Quavondo's Photography Lighting Techniques with Images and Light Set-Ups