Just saw these in my Strobist feed this morning, and they totally rock!  I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that I’d never heard of Gregory Heisler before that moment.  I mean, the man shot Bruce Springsteen’s Time magazine cover a few years back!  He’s even one of Canon’s Explorer’s of Light (a club that I definitely want into someday).  But anyway, now I know who he is.

And you should, too.  Take 10 minutes and watch the videos.  They’re quick, they’re funny, but most of all they’re packed with excellent information, and even a little inspiration.  The first video is a rundown on the lighting setup for the Springsteen photos; the next three are a sort of overview on Gregory himself.  He talks about how he got started, how he works with people, and how he shoots.

Honestly, if you can watch these and not come away with something, you should probably crawl back under whatever rock you came out of.  Personally, I’m a little blown away by how much I was able to extract from 10 minutes of clips.  (And if you’re looking for proof, my notes are below.)

I can only hope that Profoto makes this sort of interview a regular thing, because this is exactly the sort of thing that we all, as photographers at any level, need – more access into the heads of successful, icon pro photogs.  We can’t all become assistants to one, we’re just not that lucky – but as a next best thing, interviews like this are pretty damn good.

When you’re done watching the video, check out Gregory’s website – hover your cursor over the word “Portraits” when you get in for a drop-down list of galleries.  There’s some incredible work in there!

Brent Pennington is a freelance photographer and the driving force behind The Roving Photographer. When he\’s not working with portraiture or promotional clients, he’s usually in the field, hiking, or kayaking in pursuit of nature and wildlife shots.

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