Pete Rezac is a photographer located in Reno Nevada. He operates a full time studio whose main practice is portraiture. He specializes in black and white, character and business, children, seniors and family portraiture. He is a regular speaker at various photography organizations.
What would be one tip that would help new photographers that would help people?
I do a lot of demo work, I usually teach my children’s black and white, children’s portraits, or a black and white class. What I try to get across, regardless of the content or subject is that everything begins and ends with light. Quantity of light, quality of light and control of light.
Like I said, quantity of light, control of light and quality of light. As it pertains to quantity of light my advice would be to get a light meter and trust it. I am a huge believer in the meter. instead of calling it a light meter I call it the photographers tape measure so that people can be friends with instead of being scared by it.
What I tell people is look. Consistency is key, and I know nobody likes to use math but I know you can push a button. And artistically you know enough that you can push a button and it is either what you want or you need to add more light or take light away. It does all the math, all you have to do is push the button. Most people don’t want to ask how to use it because they don’t want to look stupid, but we’ve all been there at some point. I’ve NEVER had anyone I’ve ever shown how to use come back to me and say, “You know that light meter thing really doesn’t work for me.” It really is easy.
As for the quality and the control of light that comes from the right equipment. I taught at Georgia School and I acquired a Larson 4×6 softbox from a photographer that retired here in Reno. Since I have acquired that it’s revolutionized my practice. It’s such a powerful device that you can move subjects around within that 4×6 to get a different quality of light, I can get a real dramatic light a very very soft light on that product without having to move the light itself.
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