“It is a mistake to think that the practice of my art has become easy to me. I assure you, dear friend, no one has given so much care to the study of composition as I. There is scarcely a famous master in music whose works I have not frequently and diligently studied.”
― Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Let me start off by saying Practice Practice Practice! Also this will require you to shoot on M, yes that Manual. This means you will need to spend time learning if you want to improve. Not you need to be a professional, but if you have spent the money on a DSLR learn to get the most out of it. If you had a Ferrari would you keep it under 30 MPG on the highway.
I have had the opportunity to create images for The Smooth Fox in Elgin,IL using several different techniques.
The images below I used a simple LED light positioned up towards the artist and my 85mm 1.8
This next set off images I used a combination of calumet octabox to direct the light and a barn door led with a blue diffusor for continuous lighting. I often experiment with several different techniques.