God of Lighting, Lighting Rock Star, the late great Dean Collins has been called many things, and all of them point to the fact that he knew light better than, perhaps, anybody else you’ve ever studied under.
We stumbled across one of Collins’ videos yesterday, and we were immediately hooked. Yes, they’re old; yes, the fashion and hairstyles are laughably 80s; yes, some of the gear is extremely outdated. But none of that matters.
As David Hobby (AKA Strobist) put it back in 2006 when he reviewed a DVD set of David Collins courses:
The content of these tapes is timeless […] the lighting techniques are just as valid today as they ever were.
And unless someone repeals the laws that govern light and physics, they will continue to be applicable for the foreseeable future.
Collins is not only mind-blowingly knowledgeable; that’s only a part of his mystique. The thing that really sets this speed-talking genius apart is how well he could teach. He didn’t just know how to use light better than probably any other photographer alive at the time, he could explain it to anybody.
The course Hobby was reviewing was “The Best of Dean Collins on Lighting”—which you can still buy for $ 180 here—but it’s actually available for free on YouTube right now! All four DVDs are available, embedded in order for your viewing pleasure below:
The great Mr. Collins passed away in 2005 after a years-long fight with cancer, and the reality of how great a teacher we lost when he died will really start to sink in by the time you’re 10 minutes into the first DVD.
Check out the videos above and get to know this grand master of light. And once you’re done, we wouldn’t be surprised if you go ahead and buy the DVDs anyway; there’s way more content than you can digest in one sitting, and it’s simply not worth waiting for them to disappear off YouTube.
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