20 Jan Lighting with Dave Kai Piper

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Photographing people is at the very core of what I do. The style might change, the lighting might change but the fundamental principles stay the same. The type of lighting I apply is normally about creating an image or trying highlight one.

Just like people, no two shoots are the same and nor should any two lighting setups be either – they might start the same but this is only ever a planning stage. As the shoot moves on so does the lighting. There is a quote I have used many times and I shall put it here too.

The work is primarily subject driven. All decisions from there, The photographs are made to respond to a unique subject, in particular context, at a specific moment in time. The thoughtful preparedness that defines my working methods actually facilitates spontaneity and allows me to embrace surprise. I always have a game plan but view it as merely the jumping off point.

Years ago, I saw Gregory in London and had the chance to sit and share some time – the way I looked at my lighting after that day has never been the same. The structure and rigidity of the set up increased but the shoots were more relaxed and casual. It seems like the proverb ‘if you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail’ has some elements of truth to it.

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