Finn Beales & The Chocolate Cannon 

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Off-camera Flash

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To put a delicious piece of chocolate in your mouth is to experience a flavor explosion. That’s what it tastes like. But what does it look like? If you were to photograph it, how would you do it? Here’s how photographer Finn Beales did it.

Finn Beales is an award-winning photographer and director based in the Black Mountains of Wales. Finn established himself as a photographer on the road, mostly focusing on travel and lifestyle photography. Lately, however, he has been spending more and more time in the studio.

“Travel photography means I have to be away from home to work and that’s not always practical with a young family at home,” says Finn. “Studio photography allows me to work when I’m not halfway around the globe. I’m also really enjoying the process of making pictures as opposed to taking them. Responding creatively to a commercial brief is a particularly enjoyable aspect.”

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What’s the Difference Between Ambient Light and Flash?

Written by Jared Platt on . Posted in Lighting Tips

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What’s the Difference? is a series of video lighting tutorials. Each episode responds to a single question. In this episode, Jared Platt compares ambient light and flash light. The entire series, including all videos, articles and lighting diagrams, is available here.

I am in one of the sunniest spots on planet earth. As I write this post, the weather man is talking about a cooling trend that will drop us down to 43°C (110°F). So, needless to say, I battle with the sun on a daily basis.

As a photographer, the simple and somewhat lazy solution is to find shade and shoot with ambient light. But our challenge for this shot was to compare a completely ambient shot to one where we took control and shaped the light to our liking.

With that in mind, we took our Off-Camera Flashes and our Light Shaping Tools out to the groves and went to work.

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On To Light Shaping: Daytripping Through the Meatpacking District with the Marings

Written by Harley Anderson on . Posted in Videos

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On to Light Shaping is a new video series in which get to see 18 renowned portrait and wedding photographer create magic with Profoto Off-Camera Flash. In this video we join husband & wife team Charles and Jennifer Maring for a shoot in the spectacular Meatpacking District. When you are done watching, click here to see the rest of the series.

Husband and wife team Charles & Jennifer Maring are portrait & wedding photographers based in the NY/Connecticut metropolitan area. Though comfortable shooting in the studio they much prefer shooting on location, and the quirkier the locale the better.

For this group of informal portraits the duo headed out to New York City’s spectacular Meatpacking District, a place they love for its colorful backgrounds, not to mention free ‘props’ wherever you turn your eye.

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Andrea Belluso’s Clever Solution for Shooting Shiny Surfaces

Written by Andrea Belluso on . Posted in The Light Shaper

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© Andrea Belluso

© Andrea Belluso

Andrea Belluso is an experienced photographer with more than three decades in the business. Every now and then, Andrea takes us behind the scenes of a recent shoot to share some of the knowledge he has gained over the years. This time he gets out of the comfort zone and shoots something he’s never done before. Here’s his story about it. 

Something strange happened. I was asked to do something I have never done before: shooting kitchen appliances and wash machines. This is also something that is extremely specialized in terms of lighting because of all the highly reflective surfaces involved.

The client was Electrolux and the brief made me feel a bit more at home since it was involving lifestyle with some models. The project was to promote their range of compact kitchen appliances. The images will feature in a trend report and on social media channels to highlight global urbanization and how this impacts sustainability and the effect on the size of our living spaces. This means that it is also a subject matter that I found interesting.

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What’s Different when You’re Shooting with High-Speed Sync?

Written by Jared Platt on . Posted in Lighting Tips

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What’s the Difference? is a series of video lighting tutorials. Each episode responds to a single question. In this episode, Jared Platt compares shooting with and without Profoto High-Speed Sync (HSS). The entire series, including all videos, articles and lighting diagrams, is available at our website. And feel free to leave a question to Jared in the comment section if you have one!

We had a great idea for a lighting challenge: take a bride and groom out on the sand dunes and make beautiful and dramatic portraits under the harsh sun using Profoto High-Speed Sync (HSS) to control the ambient light.

So, we headed out to the desert. The weather reported clouds and a 20% chance of rain, which in the desert means an 80% chance of nothing and another 20% chance of pretty much nothing. But when we arrived at our location, the weather reports did not match the scene before us. The clouds were thick and the wind was cold. We knew we were going to get rain very soon. But we had driven over three hours for this shot. So had our bride and groom. So we got out on the dunes and made the shot as quickly as possible.

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