Since 2012, I’ve created fine artwork exclusively in my studio because I prefer to control all elements of the photographic process. While not all photographers take this approach, I’d rather not to leave any part of subject lighting, composition, background, or camera settings to chance.
I’ve studied lighting techniques and equipment in depth, and frequently use multiple light sources to illuminate specific areas of my subjects while allowing other areas to fall into varying depths of shadow. This precise control of light and shadow is a hallmark of my work. It’s what gives the images such extraordinary depth and often creates such a prominent three-dimensional effect in my art.
When shooting, I do it in a completely dark studio, with the only light source being those which illuminate the subject. The ambient darkness further enhances the perception of depth by causing the background to recede away from the viewer while the subject appears to “pop” off the surface.
I’ve been fortunate to have numerous opportunities to train professional photographers in this technique at various association gatherings.