Damon Tucci: Modern Lighting in a Flash
by Jacqueline Tobin
March 07, 2013 —
Ask Orlando wedding photographer Damon Tucci to describe his shooting style and odds are he would say it’s a combination of styled-fashion and journalistic moments. Always one to raise the bar, Tucci pushes himself creatively —through lighting and posing—with every shoot as he continuously strives to make couples feel completely at ease on the biggest day of their lives.
“Luckily wedding photography got to be very cool and that’s where I am today,” he says.
His lighting philosophy, which he plans to expound on in his seminar at WPPI this month (“Modern Lighting in a Flash,” March 12 at 8:30 a.m. at the MGM Grand) is that wedding photographers must educate themselves in as many techniques as possible. “Do not pigeonhole yourself as an “available light shooter or this type or that type, but rather arm yourself with techniques that will help you tackle any situation,” he says. “Everything we encounter has an advantage if you have the right mindset and strategy. Blue sky, rain, wind, fog—all can be beautiful. Your job as a photographer is to make the shot happen no matter what. It’s up to you as to whether you use available light, off-camera flash/strobe or video light, but you still need to learn each one and give yourself options. I call it visual pimping: learning to visually make the MOST out of anything. See things others walk right past; see advantages and opportunities, not frustration and excuses. Embrace your craft!”
In the following gallery, Tucci breaks down different lighting scenarios and setups to demonstrate how he embraces his craft on every shoot.
In Tucci’s Gear Bag (“A Lowe Pro Roller 1, airline-approved bag that fits in the overhead.”)
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