Lighting Techniques

On Lighting Styles: Cole Wilson on Simple Setups Developed Through Assignment Work

November 14, 2017

By Conor Risch

© Cole Wilson

For a Racked assignment about Lo-Lifes, dedicated fans of the Polo Ralph Lauren brand, Cole Wilson photographed subjects against a bright backdrop at a Brooklyn bar. Wilson learned to use “very simple lighting setups,” which allow him to work alone and “still get something I want” from the image, he says.

When Cole Wilson moved to New York from Salt Lake City in 2015, he assumed he would have to work as an assistant for a few years. But freelance photo editor Ayanna Quint hired Wilson for an assignment, and he hasn’t looked back. He’s since worked consistently for The New York Times, and he’s shot assignments for editorial and commercial...

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