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The History of Specialist Lighting Photography in Chicago

By DavidSytsma

Every photographer from amateurs to professionals with decades in the
business knows that there are several different types of considerations
to be made when going for a great photo. Many photographers will
also say that getting lighting right is one of the biggest challenges
in their profession. In cities like Chicago where several large
modeling agencies have offices, studio lighting is a good skill for any
Chicago based photographer to master. For this reason, as well as
taking everyday portraits, it is important to practice good specialist lighting photography in Chicago.

Many photographers like to stay with the lighting basics. The
goal is produce photos that literally show the client in their best
light. Like all other aspects in photography it is a good idea to
consider the client and their desire for the appearance of the photo
when deciding on lighting issues. Some professional photographers
spend a great deal of time learning all of the various specialty
lighting techniques and their time and patience is rewarded by
producing top quality photographs and repeat business. Especially
with the thriving modeling industry, a photographer who utilizes good
specialty lighting photography in Chicago has a good shot at success.

Interestingly enough, the beginning of specialty lighting
photography was in Chicago. A man named George Raymond
Lawrence was the first photographer to begin experimenting with
lighting as a way to enhance photos in the early decades of the
twentieth century. His theory involved the use of magnesium
chloride to create better lighting in early portrait photographs and
those taken at night. Despite having no educational training in
chemistry and experiencing several explosions that resulted in burning
hair, mustache, and burst eardrums, he eventually achieved
success. His invention the "Flashlight Lawrence" was the first
photography flash that remotely resembles the flashes used with cameras
today. His invention earned him the nickname "The Father of
Flashlight Photography." His invention worked by the magnesium
powder being ignited by electrical wires within the charges. This
produced the brilliant white light Lawrence needed to take portraits
indoors of a quality that hadn't been seen before.

That was just the start of George Lawrence's success with Chicago
specialty lighting photography. From that first invention
designed to be used indoors, Lawrence created a portable system that
allowed him to take a photo of Chicago's mammoth Coliseum using 20
pounds of powder on the first attempt and only 5 ounces after his
adjustments were made. George Lawrence is credited with paving
the way of the invention of floodlights and photographic flashbulbs.

While specialty lighting photography is incredibly important in
Chicago, and all other areas, it had its humble beginnings in Chicago
as well. A fore thinking, determined man single handedly changed
the course photography lighting, giving the field of photography the
technology it needed to produce higher quality photographs. His
designs and inventions are still the basis for specialty lighting
today. Today, of course, the specialty lighting photography techniques
are easier to work with and safer. Now lighting has been improved
to help create the photographic masterpieces we are all familiar with.
About the Author
Author Bio: This article was written by David Sytsma PhD of Beautiful Memories
Photo.Beautiful Memories Photo offers stunning wedding photography
throughout the Chicago area.

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