Lessons in Lighting


Lessons in Lighting

Still Life

Lessons in Lighting



600 mm

The Story

Bill considers himself a lifelong learner and dedicated to the study of his craft. Winter “garage projects” provide the opportunity to test techniques and master his skills. This set of photos demonstrates a technique called light painting. They are a combination of images, each lit with a single low-powered bulb to paint different parts of the subject. This experiment allowed Bill to study how highlights and shadows work together resulting in a dramatic end result.

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Countless Hours.

A Single Moment.

A man of few words Bill Vanderhagen is more comfortable behind the camera than in front of it. Like many, he finds the speed of modern life exhausting. Photography is his refuge. It is in the stillness of nature, waiting countless hours to capture that single moment where he feels most alive.

Bill discovered photography in 2008 as a way to combine my two passions for art and the outdoors. Learning the skills of this art form was an adventure of its own. With the exception of a brief two-year hiatus due creative burnout, Bill have never bored from chasing that single image.

Even with human subjects, there is something magical about capturing a glance, a smirk, or smile, which is gone just as quickly as it showed up.

Thanks for visiting the site. It has always been Bill's hope that the photos he shares bring you the sense of excitement and discovery he feels when it is just him, the unknown subject, and his camera.