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Setting Up a Studio on Location
Living in Los Angeles, Ian is often asked to go to the client for their convenience and knowing how to set up a studio in any location is vital. In this course Ian will show you a simple two-light set-up and how he works with his subjects to bring out their unique character. This is especially important when working for performers or other creatives as their image and their persona is very much their personal brand. When it comes to lighting, Ian shares what he’s looking for and how he has trained himself to see light by analyzing catch lights in his subjects’ eyes and he stresses the importance of experimentation to define your style.
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.