Seeking Success With a Digital Camera? It’s All in the Lighting

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Digital photography tips from award winning photographer, Robert Sanders

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Lighting is most often the one piece of photographic equipment that can either make or break a shot. You can have a perfect subject, stunning background, top-of-the-line camera, and with erroneous lighting, the king of Photoshop may not be able to fix your work. Award-winning commercial and fine-arts digital photographer, Robert R. Sanders, has been shooting with a digital camera since 1995 and using digital exclusively since 1998. “My greatest focus is always about creating the shot, not just getting the shot or taking the picture that is in the camera; I'd rather take the one that is in my mind,” says Sanders, featured this month in an in depth interview about photographic equipment and lighting.

“Lighting is the primary concentration in my professional obsession at the moment,” Sanders says. “I am trying to document and develop a greater understanding of using tools and methods to achieve extremely gratifying results.

“I can only say you really have to do your homework and then you will see why a system is everything you need and WANT it to be,” he says. “ My budget was an extremely strong factor as it is with so many photographers. But cheaper is NOT a solution, nor a good direction to pursue. When you understand - back to homework - how the lighting power-pack works you will understand why cheap is wasted money. The Hensel Porty was my answer to an affordable quality dilemma.”

Photographers spend thousands and thousands of dollars on photographic equipment like digital cameras, extra bodies, a multitude of lenses, cases for cameras and filters, yet they often leave the lighting for last. But the lighting is the crucial factor in photography.

“I didn't realize the creative utility of having remote portable lighting on location that is equivalent to what I use inside the studio,” says Sanders. “The Hensel Porty has all the power and flexibility of the higher strobe output. It was extremely cool to not have to worry about sync cords or generators.”

Each month Samy’s Camera offers photographic tips from professional photographers along a wealth of information about how to choose a digital camera, all the latest photographic equipment including accessories, lighting and computer components to ensure you have everything you need to capture those special images.

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