When you're a commercial photographer you never know what your next assignment might bring. A few days ago I was contacted by the publisher of a Trade Magazine for the funeral industry. The magazine is produced in South Carolina but they were doing an article on a mortuary professor from Jefferson State, here in Birmingham. They needed creative photos of him for the story highlighting his passion for teaching. The publisher wanted high quality and creative images that would compliment the text. After a couple of calls with the professor and publisher I had a few ideas in mind. Still, I would have to see what would work once I was there and could see the facilities first hand. Given that this was a topic and a subject that I'd never attempted to photograph before, I was quite excited. Now, I realize that not everyone considers this type of photography to be their cup of tea, but for me, any day I'm working with a camera in my hand is a good one. I enjoy the challenge of fulfilling my client's vision and getting the best images possible. When I arrived on location the first thing I did was scout the location looking for the best settings. Some of it was already determined by the client. They wanted images of him teaching in class and at his desk. The rest was up to me to figure out. Once I had my locations set, the next thing for me to do was visualize the shots. I took the scene before me and mentally placed the subject, choose my angles, and thought about how I wanted the light to look to properly tell the story. After that, Kelly and I set about getting the lighting, exposures, and equipment set up to make it all a reality. Here are the results with how they were done. Please feel free to comment below with any questions you have.
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