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Location Scouting and Planning Your Shoot
As a commercial photographer in Los Angeles, Ian Spanier has a great deal of experience working on location. He shares his process for scouting locations, evaluating the advantages and disadvantages of a particular locale and some factors that determine his equipment list prior to the shoot. The message here is to be prepared so that you can transform any environment to best suit your creative needs. We’ll even get a glimpse into his sketchbook which he uses as a visual communication tool with clients, a place to jot down specific gear requirements, a resource for inspiration and along the way it has become a nice collection of his jobs.
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.