With 20 years of experience in his back
pocket, Orlando-based wedding photographer Damon Tucci is bringing his
knowledge to the masses with a second-edition book called Step-by-Step Wedding Photography: Techniques for Professional Photographers (Amherst Media).
Advising best practices in using natural light, making the best of uninspiring
locations and backgrounds, as well as
nailing those key shots, are just a few of
the topics that fill this 128-page book.
For photographers who are just getting started in the genre and need some
solid take-home tips, as well as veteran
shooters who want to spiff up their
game, this step-by-step guide promises
to deliver some invaluable pointers.
A forward-thinking pioneer of women’s
fashion, Coco Chanel created some of
the most iconic wardrobe staples in
history, one being the star of current
Chanel head honcho Karl Lagerfeld’s
upcoming photo book, The Little
Black Jacket (Steidl). Following a 2012
exhibition and book of portraits of
Lagerfeld’s friends and muses wearing
the coveted black jacket, the recent
edition displays 21 new photographs
of industry players such as Anna Win-tour, Kanye West and Alexander Wang,
among others. While showcasing the
versatility of the jacket, this book also
exemplifies shooting different personalities, with an eye on accessories, too.
The Little Black Jacket, whose
photo subjects are styled by former
Vogue Paris editor-in-chief Carine
Roitfeld, will be available in the U.S.
by the end of September.
DAMON TUCCI BREAKS
NEW EDITION OF
THE LITTLE BLACK
Above: Tucci photographed this bride
in the lobby of the JW Marriott Orlando
Grande Lakes. “Funny enough, she did
not want to wear the veil,” Tucci explains,
“but I asked to do a few shots with it
anyway. I am glad she did.”
Beauty and portrait photographers are faced with a fairly
similar array of reflector options
across tech manufacturers, but
there’s no doubt that Westcott’s Eyelighter reflector isn’t
one that photographers see every day.
Created with a curvature, this reflector is
designed specifically to
create a more flattering
arched light on the subject
and catchlight in the eye,
following the curve below a
subject’s iris rather than cutting
into the pupil with a starry pop.
Most ideal for clamshell light-
ing, the Eyelighter’s curvature is
supposed to help eliminate im-
perfections and fill in age lines,
making it particularly useful for
headshots. The makers of Eye-
lighter also promise that it will
help darker eye colors stand
out more, which may otherwise
blend with the pupils. There’s
a slight learning curve as far
as placing the reflector, but in
general it should be below the
subject, about 30 inches away
from the model’s chin.
Made of aluminum and
double-laminated cloth, the
Eyelighter measures 57 x 25 x
21 inches, and weighs around 5
WESTCOTT EYELIGHTER, AHEAD OF THE CURVE