Skateboarding

Using lights to balance a scene

Using lights to balance a scene

Recently I had a magazine assignment to photograph Christopher Schafer and the miniature skate park he had built in his backyard. Schafer, a clothing designer, has always had a passion for skateboarding so he built a 16-by-30-foot half-pipe in his yard. Skateboarding and custom suits are not normally synonymous but we thought photographing Schafer and his family on the half-pipe wearing their custom suits would be a fun touch. Although the feature is about the skate park he built in his yard, I found the trees to be a little distracting, so I decided to set up a couple of lights to light the subjects while letting the trees go dark. Avoiding lens flair from the lights and trying to...

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