Letter from the Editor, September 2013

by Jacqueline Tobin

September 03, 2013 — A recent conversation with my 16-year-old niece Lena left me quite surprised—turns out her favorite TV shows are not the typical teen offerings (like Pretty Little Liars and Twisted on The Family Channel), but rather a slew of How-To and DIY reality shows. More and more, people want to learn how to do stuff themselves. Two years ago, Rangefinder presented its very first How-To issue and included a broad range of instructional and inspirational features. This year we continue in that vein: Ryan Brenizer (who shot the cover image) explains how to turn five challenging lighting scenarios into stunning wedding images (pg. 40); we talk to four photographers who offer solutions for turning at-home studios or meeting spaces into a haven for clients (pg. 48); and writer/photographer Theano Nikitas helps you to ensure great customer service with a rundown of the top business photo apps (pg. 66). Ever wondered how to juggle shooting in more than one genre? The photographers in “Double Vision” (pg. 58) explain how to successfully run two studios; while RC Concepcion outlines workflow tips for editing weddings in two days or less (pg. 82); and Roberto Valenzuela delves into the magic of shooting in medium format (pg. 88). Of course no How-To issue would be complete without a feature constructing some fun DIY photo projects (pg. 94). And don’t forget to look through our WPPI First Half Competition Winners Gallery (pg. 100). Enjoy!

ON THE COVER

Photographer: Ryan Brenizer  
Camera: Nikon D3s
Lens: 24mm  f /1.4
Focal Length: 24mm
Exposure: f/2, 1/250th
ISO: 200
Location: Manhattan   
Comments: “During an engagement shoot with Michelle and Kunal (shown here), we came across this Battery Park walkway. By itself it didn’t have a lot going for it, but I liked the leading lines and the reflectivity. Add a flash in the background and an active pose, and there you go.” For the full explanation of Brenizer’s set-up, see “Composing With Light,” starting on page 40.

 

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