Dean Bradshaw is a commercial advertising photographer and image maker based in Southern California. He deals in conceptual, high-impact imagery. He has a background in retouching and compositing, skill-sets which I now leverage to create images that would be impossible to make happen otherwise. He learned quickly that he would prefer to control the image-making process from initial capture to final output. For the highly meticulous needs of his compositing workflows, he'll often use a combination of lights that involves a minimum of eight fixtures. Bradshaw says : "I'm a very visual person," he explains. "I like to create. I see photography as the intersection between the real world and the most abstract creative world. Photography, especially the kind of directed work that I do, means that I can arrange elements from the real world and turn them into art. I find that fascinating. I enjoy that aspect as it means photography becomes a lifestyle—a way of relating to the world around me. It also allows me to travel and get access to worlds that I could never dream of seeing otherwise. I really enjoy the creative side of commercial image-making—bringing together the ingredients to effectively visually communicate ideas..
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