My photo ended up on the cover of DIG magazine this week! The subject is Gary Stewart, a Baton Rouge local who just published a book about discovering he's the son of the Zodiac killer - The Most Dangerous Animal of All. Gary was nice enough to let me work in his home, and didn't give off any serial killer vibes. I wanted to photograph him in his natural environment, doing whatever he likes to do, to show the contrast between father and son. I was hoping he had a workshop or a set of golf clubs or something... something not murderous. I asked him where he liked to hang out, and his face lit up with a smile. He brought me into his music room, muttering about how none of the other photographers had been in there yet, no one had thought to ask.
Photography geek info: I wanted heavy serious shadows in the music room. I used two Neewer TT850 speedlights with Opteka grids attached to each. Grids prevent the light from "spilling" all over the room. I turned the ISO way down, and the speedlights way up. This produces the extreme shadows. The lighting is great on the top left photo, but the book cover is ruined by reflections from a window. I tilted the book away from the window for the rest of the shoot.
The only problem with these photos is that the magazine article has nothing to do with guitars, so I was sure to get some simple portraits of man and book with no distractions. The editor gets to make the final choice on which photo is more appropriate for the message and feel of the magazine. One of these ended up running on the cover.
I used a single speedlight and 33" shoot through umbrella just above head height and to camera right and balanced out the background exposure.