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Shooting portraits with classic white background

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A white background is the classic uncluttered method to creating a portrait . Presenting a strong and straightforward portrait with no distractions.
They are a must if you plan on "floating" them on a website's white page for instance.
The light falling on the subject will result in a gray background. The background needs it's own lighting. It's important to know that lighting the background with enough light to make it photograph a true white is key. 
Here I used two lights pointed at the background, one left and one right. The background was about 7 feet behind the subject.
Lighting the subject is a 3x4 foot soft box at camera left and a 2x3 foot soft box  at camera right at about 8 feet high.
When I arrive at a location for a corporate shoot of this kind I always allow for at least an hour of setup and testing time.
Shooting professionally requires planning and preparation in order to carry off a flawless result.


Industrial photography - Nice Helicopter Shot ?

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As an industrial photographer you never know what kind of an assignment may come next.

I was hired to shoot power plant smoke stacks by the company the constructs them, Pullman Power.
These big guys go up at a rate of 25 feet per day. A wooden platform supports the crew and all their gear. I spent a day on the platform shooting the workers and their progress.
This stack is about 800 feet high and I didn't shoot it from a helicopter ….. I shot it from a completed stack standing next to it. I ascended to the top along with the job foreman in a metal cage by a one inch wide cable. Oh yes, it was 95 degrees that day. But the view was worth it !    See more of my work here: www.dickinsonphoto.com