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Erik H.


Vallejo, CA
Hometown: Vallejo

Member since:

October 16, 2011

What do you hope to get out of this meetup?

I've got my attention on portable lighting outdoors, where most of my paid photography happens, and usually without assistants.

What kind of photography do you enjoy?

How do I love Thee, let me count the ways.

How many years experience do you have with photography?

I was born into what was at the time the largest sole-shooter commercial studio on the West coast. Our dad was The Go-To photographer for large format advertising images, for clients like Dole, Christian Brothers Winery, Qantas Airlines, and many others. (Hal's Bio with some fantastic images: I got to hang out with Ansel Adams, Imogene Cunnigham, Ron Partridge, and many, many others. I got my first camera as a middle school graduation present, learned to print by 10th grade, and how to assist by high school graduation. Processing Pan-X took me a lot longer -- the better part of a college year and hundreds of rolls to decide on Rodinal to get the extra fine grain that combination is capable of.

Are you experienced with off camera lighting?

I have tons of experience with continuous light, but that doesn't mean I'm good at it! I'm learning flash and strobe; they didn't get much use in the studio. With ASA 40(ish) 8x10 color sheet film, even focused at infinity, strobes just don't put out enough light economically. When a single exposure cost $100 just for film and processing, and a shot might take a month of prep, hot lights or natural made the only realistic sense.

What kind of equipment do you own?

Canon T2i, a bunch of speedlights and strobes, a few good lenses, cool lights, reflectors, and a lot of make-do. I'm always adding gear!


I'm a second generation photographer, not nearly as accomplished or dedicated as my dad, M. Halberstadt, but I learned a lot about studio photography from him and through his association with luminaries like Ansel Adams, Dory Lange, and others.

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