My friend Bryan picked up photography recently and I’ve been itching to get back into the studio. I dusted off my studio lighting gear, invited a few other friends, and got to work. We set up a basic three light studio in Bryan’s apartment including a LumoPro LP-180 diffused through a 30 inch softbox as our key light, the silver side of a round reflector for fill light, one unmodified Nikon SB-80 set to the 85mm zoom setting for our background light, Bryan’s snooted Yongnuo YN-560IV as our separation/hair light, and a dark gray linen 10 ft backdrop. Bryan used his Nikon D7100 and Nikon 35mm 1.8, my Nikon 50mm 1.8 and a Sigma 24-70 f2.8 HSM. My Nikon D610 stayed in my bag.

Bryan ended up taking most of the shots while we all pitched in on creative direction. I managed to get Bryan to pose for one photo. This is the result.

linkedin green gel grey backdrop portrait photo

Bryan had an idea for a photo right before we broke everything down for the night. Here is my edit of his shot.


I ended up with a few good headshots that you now see on my social media profiles. More edits to come.

phillip waller washington dc portrait 2016

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