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Renowned New York photographer Ian Spanier brings us his second WPS lesson, where the challenge was to help turn what was visually a mediocre magazine into a look that was more along the lines of a high-end "New York style" magazine, all with a tiny budget. If successful, the job would be his four times a year, as well as impress the VP of the custom publishing division of Time, Inc.

For the first issue, Ian had two portraits, one in Miami and one in Halifax, as well as a day in a "studio" shooting still-life conceptual images and a model for a feature story. The "studio" was the Creative Director's apartment in New York City. Not the ideal space. With the miniscule budget, Ian had to come up with an economically sound plan so that he could make the maximum profit for his time.

Check out the latest from Ian Spanier, as well as the work on his site: www.ianspanier.com

(Most images can be clicked for an enlarged view.)

Topics Covered:

  • The Assignment

  • Rain in Miami

  • The Gear
Light Levels

  • The Shoot

Equipment Used:


  • Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III
  • Hama Hot Shoe Adapter 2 - Hot Shoe with PC (Male) Sync Cord
  • 2 Pocket Wizard Transceivers
  • Pocket Wizard TT1/TT5 Units
  • MacBook Pro 15 inch Laptop

Lighting Equipment


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