How to Photograph Outside at Midday

Ian Spanier

Working as a photographer in Los Angeles, Ian has a great repertoire of ideas and solutions, essentially his bag of tricks when it comes to being prepared for anything that can happen on set.  This segment covers working through the midday, how to find the best location and then how to use the available light to your advantage. Stick with us as Ian photographs this musician; you’ll see what he creates when he brings those images into Lightroom and finally Photoshop as he walks you through his post-processing.  Note: This Photoshop instruction is advanced.

Ian Spanier Bio

When he was six years old, Ian Spanier received his first point and shoot camera, and from there his fate was sealed. He majored in photography in college and then worked in publishing, though his love for pictures never left him. Ian went beyond his 35 mm experience and taught himself medium and large format photography as well as lighting techniques. His self-taught methods must have done the trick because Ian went on to have a long and distinguished list of clients, including MTV, HBO, Men’s Fitness, Marie Claire, Conde Nast Traveler, Bank of America, The New York Times, Simon & Schuster, Price Waterhouse and many, many more. Ian has published several books including Heroes: America’s Volunteer Fire Fighters (2012) and Playboy, A Guide to Cigars (2010), both of which received rave reviews. What has made his work so spectacular is his ability to "shoot what he sees", and he is continually inspired by great photographers who have come before him. Previously a NY resident, Ian now lives with his family in sunny California, though his work still takes him all over the world.

 

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