I have this ongoing Collection within Instagram titled BTS (Behind the Scene) where I essentially stockpile images any photographer is willing to share and give insight as to what their lighting setup looked like for any particular photo. I realize it’s something that may not be of much interest to everyone but it certainly sets me into dissection mode to see how I can replicate their technique while applying my own spin to the lighting.
Rarely would I ever reach out to any photographer and ask them how they achieve this or that because to me it comes across as not respecting the amount of time they put into tweaking and polishing their method of achieving what we see as the end result.
If you’re ever tempted to reach out to someone to pick their brains, think a bit about what Austin Kleon once said about asking:
“Next time you come across someone’s work and you’re not sure exactly how they do it, don’t ask them how it’s done. Don’t go after the “right answer” like some eager honors student. Look closer. Listen harder. Then use your imagination and experiment with the tools you have. Your bad approximation will lead to something of your own.”