Sometimes One Light Is Enough

Ian Spanier

All too often photographers these days think they need tons of equipment to make a good image. Instead of breaking the bank on lighting, let’s take a look at how one light can often be all you need. 

Three Things to Learn: 

1. The theory behind using just one light.

2. Using one light in 6 different lighting scenarios 

3. How you can learn to use the sun to teach yourself better lighting 

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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