As a designer, working in the studio with photographic lighting these past few months has been a fantastic experience. I recommend a basic understanding of photography and lighting for all creatives (including illustrators and painters). Having skills in this area will reap benefits for you as a graphic designer or illustrator (working with/directing photographers or setting up reference shots to paint or draw from for your fine art or illustration).
This portrait was taken with a Nikon D700 in a studio setting using flash. Thanks to Mr. Jeff for donning the gear and being super gracious throughout the shoot (you’ll have to take my word for it, he really was having a good time:)