Paige S. Wilson, Photographer
Photographer Paige S. Wilson recently dropped by Mercury Photo Bureau for a facilities tour. We traded places behind the camera as I made her portrait, and she made mine.
Wilson was in born Los Angeles and raised in Oklahoma City. After taking a photography class at Harding Charter Preparatory High School, she enrolled at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO), where she took a darkroom class. Unlike her darkroom time in high school, which she describes as spent
goofing off, she ended up really loving it this time — enough to minor in photography. She began shooting professionally during her junior year at UCO.
After graduation, Wilson completed an internship with Los Angeles fashion photographer and videographer Tamar Levine before returning to teach high school-level photography at her alma mater. Outside the classroom, she is much in demand as a commercial photographer, working principally in Los Angeles and Oklahoma. To see her portfolio or book a session, please visit Paige Wilson Photography.
- Wista 45DX field camera (cherrywood)
- Unknown maker Petzval with internal iris, rack & pinion focus, ca. 1870
- Focal length
- Packard No. 6 pneumatic shutter with flash sync for Paul C. Buff CyberSync Cyber Commander
- ~1⁄25 second @ EI 25
- Carestream Half-Speed-Blue 8″×10″, trimmed to fit 4″×5″ — semi-stand development with daylight tank in Pyrocat-HD (1:1:200) for ~60 minutes — 2 minutes in TF-4 archival fix
- Key Light
- Paul C. Buff Einstein E640 with 22″ silver beauty dish & 30° grid & Matthews C-stand with turtle base & grip arm
- Impact 42″ 5-in-1 collapsible circular reflector (silver side), Avenger reflector holder with mini grip head, & Manfrotto stackable air-cushioned light stand
- Background light
- Paul C. Buff Einstein E640 with 7″ reflector, LiteMod™ Unit Mainframe, 15° grid, & Matthews back light stand
- Manfrotto background support with Interfit Italian Collection background (grey)
- Safety equipment
- All stands weighted with Matthews Senior Boa Bags
- Digitization & post-production
- Epson perfection V850 scanner with VueScan scanning software & Adobe Lightroom
M-mount lenses do not provide aperture information to the camera body, either electronically or mechanically. Therefore, f-stop settings are approximate, and are probably wildly inaccurate. For what it’s worth, I usually shoot with my lenses wide open.