Gregory Heisler Whiteboards Bruce Springsteen

Welp, your Monday just got a little better.

Seriously, what would you rather do, catch up on your weekend emails or watch Gregory Heisler walk you through his iconic Time cover of Bruce Springsteen? Exactly. Your work can wait.

Heisler is one of my all-time favorite lighting photographers. I would watch him make toast.

But wait, there's more: A three-part video series of him talking about his broader approach to portraiture, inside.

(Note: If you are reading this post via RSS or email and cannot see the videos, just click on the post title above.)

I hope this kind of photographer interview is a new trend from Profoto, 'cause this is the kind of thing the web needs more of.

Heck, I'm even gonna include the gear porn video where he talks about his favorite two Profoto light modifiers, too:



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Blogger Nionyn said...

Wow! What a wonderful post.
Really enjoyed Heisler's speaking style, loved the vids, and loved the photos - both those featured in the vids and the portraits in the background.
Excellent - thanks. :-)

April 05, 2010 12:33 AM  
Blogger Eduardo said...

Nice but not as nice to foamcore Baryshnikov!! (click on "the photographer" tab)


April 05, 2010 12:54 AM  
Blogger OiD said...

I agree that more videos like these would be great!

What an interesting character he has.

April 05, 2010 3:19 AM  
Blogger Andy said...

Hell yes.

April 05, 2010 3:19 AM  
Blogger Andy said...

Hell yes.

April 05, 2010 3:19 AM  
Blogger Daniel Bray said...

this rules

April 05, 2010 3:52 AM  
Blogger djaef said...

I really like Heisler as well. His use of colour and the shape of his light in his portraits is amazing. Great vids - I want more!

April 05, 2010 4:00 AM  
Blogger Alyn said...

Seriously cool videos, cheers David.

It amuses me that he dresses like a Geography teacher.

April 05, 2010 5:45 AM  
Blogger Wayne said...

Thanks for sharing David.

April 05, 2010 6:13 AM  
Blogger Anonimowa said...

what a lovely person he is, that Gregory Heisler. ow, thet bow tie. I could listen to photographers talking about their work for hours. especially, cos of my weird phobia I'm trying to cope with... for years I've volunteered for this photo festival we have at Lodz, meeting dozens of young photographers and students. majority of them were unbelievably pompous and rude. and after a while I assumed that's what all photographers are like :D
anyway, thanks for posting these videos, and those of Grecco, and Dan Winters too.

April 05, 2010 9:03 AM  
Blogger Odyssey said...

These are some of the best videos I've ever seen on photography. I feel like those 10 minutes worth of clips just provided me with a ton of great info; I'm about to watch them again and take notes!

Let's all hope that Profoto keeps making these. Thanks for sharing, David!

April 05, 2010 9:30 AM  
Blogger Thats Not Right said...

Unfortunate timing (for the Boss).

April 05, 2010 10:28 AM  
Blogger LouJanelle said...

Great post ... I like Heisler's comments about composition and use of lighting. I wonder if he's ever considered using smaller lighting units. My hunch is that one can get the same effects with smaller lights that the big lights provide.

April 05, 2010 11:03 AM  
Blogger Boris said...

seems to be a nice guy... the videos are quite interesting, thanks a lot!


April 05, 2010 11:03 AM  
Blogger Louis said...

Just one word, "OUTSTANDING"!
thank you for the post.

April 05, 2010 12:02 PM  
Blogger Louis said...

Just One word "OUTSTANDING" !
Thanks for the post. Lou

April 05, 2010 12:05 PM  
Blogger jimm said...

Thanks David, great stuff!

April 05, 2010 1:38 PM  
Blogger RedSevenPhotography said...

I definitely agree that there needs to be more videos out there like this. It's definitely always an inspiration to see how other photographers think and produce their thoughts into the photographs they create.

Thank you for sharing these videos :)

April 05, 2010 2:01 PM  
Blogger Chris Hutcheson said...

Loved it. Thanks for this, looking forward to more of them!

April 05, 2010 2:04 PM  
Blogger Kevin Halliburton said...

What a great series of videos. My thanks to Gregory for his transparency and to you David for bringing these videos to my attention.

One light nerd observation, Gregory doesn't mention warming up the key or fill but those back highlights seem to be cooler than the light on his face. I suppose it could have even been a post processing decision but, to me, it's one of the elements of this image that sets it distinctly apart from similar lighting set-ups I've seen elsewhere.

April 05, 2010 3:12 PM  
Blogger RLP Graphics said...

great stuff!!! love the videos thanks for showing us the light...

April 05, 2010 3:47 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

Thnak for the info on Gregory Heisler. I have been meaning to look up his stuff since you mentined him on your DVD. But now I have to go buy more stuff.

April 05, 2010 4:10 PM  
Blogger Bruno Ázera said...

Nice post!
Thanks for sharing.

April 05, 2010 4:12 PM  
Blogger Lester said...

very impressed, the videos left me inspired. It's always good to see how another shooter works. I would definitely like to see more like this.

April 05, 2010 4:58 PM  
Blogger Pare ou Pense said...

Really nice Videos.
Impressive how he looks a lot more like a college teacher than like a photographer

April 05, 2010 6:08 PM  
Blogger John said...

Very cool! Thanks for sharing these. This is the first time I've ever actually seen Heisler much less imparting little valuable tidbits of information.

April 05, 2010 6:24 PM  
Blogger Gregor said...

It's nice to see Greg being recognized again and it's great to see he's teaching. The two years I spent as his assistant were easily the most important of my entire career and while I'd like to say he taught me light (which of course he did) more than that he taught me to see.

Not only is he one of the greatest technical photographers alive he's also a warm and very funny person capable of articulating his ideas better than almost anyone. If you have the chance to take a class I can promise you will learn more in a day than a year anywhere else.

To the comment wondering about the coolness of the back lights I promise you that every degree of color is intentional (CTB is the compliment to CTO). I created the tech sheets for every shoot and we measured down to the inch and the 1/10 of a stop and when we processed it we drove the lab nuts with 1/8 stop pulls and pushes. His precision is beyond your imagination.

Greg - you need to do an entire video series I think.


April 05, 2010 6:32 PM  
Blogger brddmco said...

These videos are great. I've been a student of Greg's for the past eight months at the Hallmark Institute of Photography. He is such a great guy and is always so excited to share his passion for photography.

April 05, 2010 8:12 PM  
Blogger FireFly Jamie said...

I love his insight on using the ring light. Made me think. =)

April 05, 2010 9:57 PM  
Blogger Surly said...

Thank you for introducing me to another great photographer. You should do a YouTube photography top ten...or 100. Thanks, you rock.

April 05, 2010 10:09 PM  
Blogger Darren Whitley said...

Thank god he's not yammering about the ILLUSTRIOUS 1Ds Mark II like he did at PPA.

April 06, 2010 12:50 AM  
Blogger NESOHU said...

Part 3, 2:02: "John ??? from Life Magazine says...."

There's someone laughing at the back, I'd love to know John Who is that.

April 06, 2010 12:54 PM  
Blogger DiMAGE photography said...

Great post. Many thanks for letting us know about this. I back up Gregors comments that an entire video series would be great.

Huge thanks to you David for all your work on Strobist and to all my fellow Strobists out there :-)

April 06, 2010 3:45 PM  
Blogger Davidikus said...

This REALLY is a great video. Thanks for sharing! I don't normally think it is worth spending too much time on technical matters but what this shows very clearly is how a technical issue is here as a tool to enable the photographer to fulfil his project (vision?)
The photographer explains this very well.

What is ironic, is how this cover, reborn in the USA, plays on the title of a song which, if you listen to it carefully, is rather anti-american...

April 06, 2010 5:44 PM  
Blogger Wade Simmonds said...

uuuuuuu gear porn
more gear porn

April 06, 2010 8:45 PM  
Blogger Jifes said...

It is unfair for us that don't live in his area can't absorb his knowledge. David, I think you should work with him in creating videos like yours, I don't see anybody better than you doing project like that with him. I would totally support you! :)


April 08, 2010 11:17 AM  
Blogger Dave said...


John Loengard
As I See It

McNally praises him in the intro to LIFE Guide to Digital Photography, too.

December 02, 2010 2:26 PM  

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