In this edition of LightSource, Bill and Ed talk with Dave Hill, commercial music and advertising photographer.


Bill Crawford, publisher of (Flickr)
Ed Hidden, exclusive photographer (Flickr)

Theme Music:

Sean Campbell and Steve Hill (

Special Guest:

Dave Hill, commercial photographer.

Dave Hill

Dave Hill Photos

LightSource Episode 58 (Interview Series) [32:13 minutes]



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In this episode:

Bill and Ed discuss:

Special Guests Dave Hill discusses:

  • What its like to have a style named after him
  • How he developed his style
  • Getting started in photography
  • Getting into music photography
  • Controlling light with multiple subjects
  • Preparing for a composite image
  • tips for composite image creation
  • Using your thumbs for flags
  • Ring flash as a fill light
  • Lighting and traveling with a beauty dish
  • Using White Lightning gear to start out with
  • The importance of starting with monolights
  • The benefits of having full power strobes and generators on set
  • Running your lights outside with cheap generators
  • Using grids to focus light
  • Light meters for looks
  • The “secret” to the Dave Hill look
  • Transitioning from music photography to corporate executive portraits
  • Why having assistants makes shooting more fun

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