Paul Conrad Buff, founder of the lighting company that bears his name, passed away this week of unspecified causes. He was 78.
While he best known in the photo industry for his low-cost lighting solutions, Buff also made his mark in the music industry. According to the Paul C. Buff website, Buff was the owner of Pal Music Studios in California, birthplace of the surf music revolution, which he later sold to Frank Zappa. He also pioneered the computerized recording console.
Buff turned his attention to photography lighting, founding Paul C. Buff, Inc. in 1980. He sought to reduce the price of studio gear by selling direct to consumers.
You can read an obituary of Buff penned by his wife, Deborah, here.
From staging to lighting, these six quick tips will make your food photography mouth-watering. More ›
The photography duo The Voorhes are known for still lifes that show their pinpoint control of lighting. When shooting food or other subjects that call for diffused light, they rarely use a softbox. Adam Voorhes prefers a different lighting technique: putting a strobe with a reflector behind a 3×4-foot diffusion panel. “We can move [the... More ›
Chris Patey says he learned from Art Streiber how to make portraits of large groups that appear lit by big, beautiful window light from the side. The technique, he says, is to “push” light from several sources so the overall effect is even, consistent light across the entire group of subjects. Patey places the light... More ›