LightSource Podcast Interview Series

E058 Dave Hill

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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