The first time I saw a photo studio as a tenderfoot photographer, it unnerved me. The lights and modifiers looked intimidating. None of it made sense.
To make things worse, I had read a couple of books on the topic and none of the gear in the studio matched.
After a bit of training, things started making sense. It wasn’t long before I could make it all work.
Ultimately I learned that the technical aspects were always secondary to the subject’s expression.
In the end, that’s the only thing that mattered. This portrait, from a session in Charleston, South Carolina, is technically flawed and aesthetically pleasing.
I’m pretty sure that nobody will remember the first part.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.