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Working with light

I’ve spent the last month working on, what seems like, an above average amount of portraits at work and personally. One of the biggest learning curves I had to overcome when I started full time at the Herald & Review was learning how to use speedlights to my advantage, especially for portraits.

I feel like I’ve slowly been getting better and I’ve definitely been accumulating gear. A light stand here a softbox there, but the most helpful addition to my lighting equipment has been the PocketWizard PlusX. Moving from an infrared remote to a radio transmitter has given me much more freedom when it comes to quickly knocking out portraits for the paper. Especially when I shoot for special sections like the Herald & Review’s 20 under 40.

20 under 40 is a yearly section of the business journal that features 20 business people in the Decatur area that are under 40. The schedule for shooting these portraits broke down into about 20 minutes for set up and shooting and 20 minutes to drive to the next location.

After shooting 20 under 40 along with some of the high school athletes of the year and some portraits of my brother for a high school graduation gift I think the last month has been a pretty good learning experience for my lighting skills.

Here are some selections from 20 under 40, news portraits, sports portraits and a few I shot of my brother who practices Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.


My online portfolio of still images can be seen by clicking right here and at the bottom of the page in the footer. Here are a few of the photos.

Sophomore wing Cara Hahne tugs on the jersey of a Northern Iowa rugby player during Eastern Illinois University’s 24-5 victory at Lakeside Field Oct. 23, 2011.

Beth Niemerg, a freshman biology major, served in the United States Army to pay for school. She decided to come back without any of her transferrable credits previously earned because she wanted her time at Eastern to be a new start.

Senior community health major Julie Huck waits as Johnny Wilder, owner of Poor Boys Tattoo and Piercings in Charleston, Ill., finishes her tattoo Oct. 1, 2011. Huck has been working on her tattoo on and off for four years.