Adventurer by Matthew Drozd (BTS)

Originally inspired by Indiana Jones for this image, photographer Matthew Drozd almost immediately ran into budgetary constraints. In this video he sits down with us to talk about how he came up with his concept, how he found his team, how he avoided potential equine issues and how he balanced his lighting to make the final composite. There isn't a lot of technical information to be had here (though the idea of flashes spooking a horse at night is important), but definitely take note of the caliber of equipment being used to light and capture the image. It's not anything exquisite and that's something I love to see.

Videos like this are great solely because they reinforce the fact that you don't need a big budget, or really even great gear to make beautiful work.

Here's the before and after:


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Very nice!

Haha, no budget, cheap camera, ghetto lighting,.......Wacom Cintiq on the desk?

hehe. that´s exactly what I thought :)

Spend the money on the tools you need. Obviously the camera and lighting work for him, but the truly stunning part of this photo is the post production color work.

If he can make photos with cheap equipment then use the Cintiq to do that, he apparently made the right choice on where to put his money.

Also I think he might not just solely be a photographer but maybe an illustrator or something. My thoughts are based on his drawings and the cintiq and the fact that he just a basic DSLR with a kit lens.

Anyhow, I do love these images and lets face it; you don't need a cintiq to create that image. The PP work can be done with a bamboo or even a standard mouse if that is what you got. The real work here is the thought process and that he actually DID IT.

fozphotography's picture

horses dont care about flashes 9 times out of 10 its the noise or the light reflector that spook them!

Jayson Carey's picture

great post processing, but i am not a fan of how the man is lit in this. it seems as if he was trying to mimic the light from the fire in his hand, but he is too evenly lit from the front, as if he's standing too close to a bonfire. amazing image otherwise, but he just looks like he glows and stands out from the rest of the image too much.