LightSource Podcast Interview Series

E047 Roman Salicki

In this edition of LightSource, Bill and Ed talk with celebrity head shot photographer Roman Salicki.


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

Theme Music:

Sean Campbell and Steve Hill (

Special Guest:

Roman Salicki, Los Angeles based celebrity head shot photographer.

Roman Salicki

Roman Salicki Photos

LightSource Episode 47 (Interview Series) [46:28 minutes]



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In this episode:

Bill and Ed discuss:

Special Guest Roman Salicki discusses:

  • Becoming a photographer
  • Working at London Vogue
  • Studio photography before strobe lights
  • Working with Richard Harriton, Terry Donovan, Terry Oneil, Lord Snowden, Norman Parkinson, Peter Rand, James Mortimer, Irving Penn and many more
  • How the masters used simple lighting
  • Changing attitudes toward models
  • Learning to look and use your eyes
  • Why less is more in studio lighting
  • Evolution of lighting equipment
  • Typical setups for male and female head shots
  • Using a 48 inch umbrella
  • Choosing a neutral background
  • Capturing the real person in a portrait
  • Manageable editing after the session
  • Lenses for portraiture
  • Lighting with a bare reflector
  • Creating a match print for clients

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