Studio Anywhere: A Photographer's Guide To Shooting In Unconventional Locations

Paperback | March 30, 2015

byNick Fancher

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What’s your definition of a photo studio? Is it a room with a white seamless backdrop or a cyc wall? Maybe it’s simply anywhere you’re in control of the lighting. In a perfect world, where every day is a breezy 72 degrees with partial cloud coverage, we would all have a 5,000-square-foot studio–and the entire catalog of B&H™ in our equipment lockups.

 

But the reality is that you may have an outdated DSLR with two decent lenses (which took you several years to save up for), and all you have at your disposal is an unfinished basement, your garage, or the empty conference room at your office. That’s where Studio Anywhere comes in. With photographer Nick Fancher as your guide, you’ll learn how to get portfolio-ready photos while working in some of the most problematic scenarios imaginable. Whether shooting a corporate portrait, a test shoot with a model, or a promo shoot with a band, you’ll discover that most of the time, there’s no need for an expensive studio–you just have to get creative.

 

Studio Anywhere is a resource for photographers to learn through behind-the-scenes photos and lighting diagrams from a range of photo shoots–but it doesn’t stop there. Because directing a photo shoot involves more than simply knowing how to wield a camera or process a raw file, Nick also lets you in on the aesthetic decisions he makes in his signature photos, inspiring you to develop your own vision. And, finally, he describes his Lightroom and Photoshop workflow so you can learn how to deftly navigate post-processing.

 

  • Shows how to create images with minimal equipment that is within reach of anyone’s budget
  • Takes you through the entire shoot, from concept to lighting to exposure to post-processing in Lightroom and Photoshop
  • Teaches how to build a portfolio without a dedicated studio space

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What’s your definition of a photo studio? Is it a room with a white seamless backdrop or a cyc wall? Maybe it’s simply anywhere you’re in control of the lighting. In a perfect world, where every day is a breezy 72 degrees with partial cloud coverage, we would all have a 5,000-square-foot studio–and the entire catalog of B&H™ in our equ...

Nick Fancher is a Columbus, Ohio–based portrait and commerce photographer. He graduated from The Ohio State University with a BFA in fine art photography in 2005. His clients have included JackThreads, ESPN Magazine, The Ohio State University, CVS, and Getty. He adores good coffee, music, and the film work of Charlie Kaufman. He can be...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 8.9 × 6.9 × 0.6 inPublished:March 30, 2015Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0134084179

ISBN - 13:9780134084176

Customer Reviews of Studio Anywhere: A Photographer's Guide To Shooting In Unconventional Locations

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from coffee table book this photographer who is as colourful as they come has forgotten more about photography than I'll ever know. The book is full of LUSH images but his process to get to them I found lacking in this book. Unlike so many of the other authors I have read this book doesn't come with the Jay Maisel voice and dialogue.
Date published: 2015-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great read picked this book up as a combination must have and inspirational piece. From describing shoots in terms of "jargon" (double truck, spiked etc) that he explains It makes me lament my own skill in comparison but Joe's been at it for some time. Great item to help lift your skill
Date published: 2015-08-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Over hipe As usual the Scott Kelby Group is over the top on their hipe of a new book. I looked at the book once and set it aside. It might have more appeal to an urbane/street photographer.
Date published: 2015-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Amazing Insight! Joe McNally really knows how to speak to you privately just through words on a page. This book is so insightful and jam packed full of all types of information from initial thoughts to finished projects. Joe really sheds a lot of "light" on a photography career-lifestyle while giving you all the tips and tricks on what you need to know in creating an amazing image in all sorts of lighting conditions. This book is a must for ANY photographer and I guarantee that when you start to read, you won't put it down until you're finished!
Date published: 2014-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another wonderful book from Joe McNally I discovered Joe McNally from reading the Hot Shoe Diaries and this is another collection of his wonderful images with stories of how he made them all told with humour. Joe's specialty is flash lit portraits and he explains the tricks of the trade in a most entertaining and informative way. A must for photography enthusiasts. His books all have a premium price but are worth it.
Date published: 2014-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Expensive but informative This book is full of information and lets you get a personal look at Joe McNally at the same time. McNally has shot for a variety of puplishers including National Geographic, so there are tips for everything from landscape, sports to model photography. But did feel it focused mostly on studio/on-location portraiture and photographing human subjects, so if you aren't interested in that, then I wouldn't recommend this book due to the price. It does offer some great advice about navigating your way through the world of professional photography though and since McNally has been around a lot, he can give it. This was also the first book that I read that truly went into and explained studio lighting equipment.
Date published: 2009-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Moment is 'Great' This book is wonderful for so many reasons. It gives you tips if you are a beginner or a pro. There are beautiful pictures thoughout the book that make you want to look a second time. I've read it a few times now and will read it again. Its a must buy for photographers.
Date published: 2008-07-25

Extra Content

Table of Contents

Introduction

 

PART I: THE LIVING ROOM STUDIO

Ch 1: White Light, White Wall

Ch 2: Moody Light

Ch 3: Window Light

Ch 4: Using Existing Environments

 

PART II: THE BACKYARD STUDIO

Ch 5: Head Shots

Ch 6: When It’s Good to Be Shallow

Ch 7: In the Garage

Ch 8: Kiddie Pools. Who’d a Thunk It?

Ch 9: Shooting Product

 

PART III: THE BASEMENT STUDIO

Ch 10: Soft Light

Ch 11: Moody Light

Ch 12: Creative Backdrops

Ch 13: Shooting Product

 

PART IV: THE OFFICE STUDIO

Ch 14: Portraits on White

Ch 15: Environmental Portraits

Ch 16: Shooting Product

 

PART V: THE PARK STUDIO

Ch 17: Still Waters Don’t Need to Run Deep

Ch 18: Transform the Weather

Ch 19: Eclipse the Sun

 

PART VI: THE STREET STUDIO

Ch 20: On the Beaten Path

Ch 21: Get on Up

Ch 22: Concrete Jungle

Ch 23: Parking Garages

 

Epilogue: What’s Next?