Lighting Like a Master – with Legendary Portrait Photographer Marc Hauser

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Master Portrait Photographer Marc Hauser has been a professional portrait photographer for more than 34 years and is a legend in the world of photography  Marc is renowned the world over for his work, which has literally stopped traffic – His portrait of Chicago Bulls star Dennis Rodman, used for a Bigsby & Kruthers ad on a building overlooking Chicago’s Kennedy Expressway, caused traffic jams as drivers slowed to gawk at the larger-than-life Rodman.

At age 14 he was an apprentice to renowned fashion photographer Stan Malinowski. As a teenager, Hauser produced hundreds of album covers in collaboration with Album Graphics for artists such as The Rolling Stones, The Eagles, Rod Stewart, Jim Morrison, Joe Cocker and Jerry Lee Lewis. It was on album cover shoots that Hauser developed what he considers his strongest asset—his ability to employ whatever is available for lighting, location and props.

Other celebrities that Marc has photographed include Michael Jordan, Woody Allen, Aaron Copland, Sophia Loren, Jim Belushi, John Cougar Mellencamp and Mariel Hemingway, just to name a few.  Hauser has received more than 100 awards for his work, including Omni Awards, Awards of Excellence from Communication Arts Magazine, and Clio Awards. Hauser’s “Perception and Reality” campaign for Rolling Stone earned him more than 50 awards. He received a Platinum Record for a John Cougar Mellencamp album cover. More recent credits include national ad campaigns for Jockey, NEC Computers, Levi Strauss & Co., Sears, Blockbuster Video, and Nordic Trac.

“It’s essential that the images are seen just as I intend them,” says Hauser.

As one of the industry’s leading exponents of digital imaging, Marc continues to explore the boundaries of photography.  In fact, he has recently converted his studio entirely to mirrorless cameras, leaving his large, bulky DSLR collection behind.  Marc’s new camera of choice is the Panasonic Lumix GH3, and he enjoys it’s ease of use and the ability to “Pre-process” images.  That someone of Marc Hauser’s status would adopt mirrorless cameras as his primary shooting tool speaks volumes of just how far mirrorless camera systems have come.

Hauser is also a master at lighting, and it’s his prowess in this area that really separates his work from that of other photographers.  In the video above, Marc discusses his techniques for creating unique lighting environments that serve to enhance his subjects.  Although Marc uses film cameras in the shoot, the lighting techniques he uses can be easily applied to digital cameras as well.  As an added treat, we get to look on as Marc goes through an actual photo shoot – Enjoy!

At age 14 he was an apprentice to renowned fashion photographer Stan Malinowski. As a teenager, Hauser produced hundreds of album covers in collaboration with Album Graphics for artists such as The Rolling Stones, The Eagles, Rod Stewart, Jim Morrison, Joe Cocker and Jerry Lee Lewis. It was on album cover shoots that Hauser developed what he considers his strongest asset—his ability to employ whatever is available for lighting, location and props.

Marc Hauser lives and works in Chicago. You can visit his website at www.marchauserphoto.com.  (portions of this bio courtesy of HighTidePress)

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