How to Do a High-Key Portrait

Written by Oleg Ti on . Posted in Lighting Tips

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Photographer Oleg Ti knows light. He also knows how to share that knowledge. In this post he’ll use the D1 monolight to show us how to do a high-key portrait. It’s good stuff. Keep reading.

Many photographers just starting to work in the studio attempt to solve the difficulty of a well-lit high-key portrait by increasing the amount of light sources. They keep adding more and more softboxes, reflectors and umbrellas in their quest for a glossy and shiny portrait.

In my opinion, that isn’t the best approach. The main advantage of working in the studio is that you’re in absolute control of the light. You control the amount of light sources, the position of the light sources, the character of the light, etcetera. So rather than just adding more and more light sources, you should divert your focus to getting each and every light source to do exactly the thing you want it to do.

Personally, I always try to use as few light sources possible.  I also prefer using hard lights to get extensive and concise pictures. So, here I’ll show you how to create a high-key portrait using four hard light sources.

Let’s begin!

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Today Is Profoto Webinar Day. Join Us and Learn to Create a Beautiful Light in Harsh Conditions!

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Webinars

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In today’s epsiode of the Profoto webinar, our new webinar host Jared Platt will head out into the Arizona desert and show us how to light it properly in the harsh Arizona sun.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: it’s an uncommon shooting location, but the tips and tricks Jared will share are useful for any photographer wanting to create a beautiful light in harsh conditions.

“If you can light it in the Arizona desert, you can light it anywhere,” says Jared.

The webinar will begin today at 7PM CET (April 23 at 10AM Los Angeles, 1PM New York, 6PM London, 7PM Paris // April 24 at 1AM Beijing, 2AM Tokyo, 3AM Sydney).

Click the link below and sign up, and we’ll send you a reminder when the webinar is about to start!

Also, if you haven’t already read Jared’s three tips and tricks on the subject, now is the time. It will get you in the right mood!


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How Tim Kemple Uses High Speed Flash Sync (1/1600s) to Create Amazing Action Shots

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Sports Photography

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Did you know that using Profoto flashes with a Phase One camera allows you to shoot with flash sync speeds as fast as 1/1600s? Tim Kemple certainly knows it. And he has used that knowledge to create some pretty amazing action shots. Keep reading and learn how.

Tim Kemple got into photography almost by accident. Back in the days, he and his friends were into rock climbing and skiing. They travelled all over the US and even crossed the Atlantic to live out their passion. After doing so for a while, Tim realized that they should probably document their extravagant trips. So he picked up a camera, started shooting his friends in action, and the rest is, as they say, history.

Fast-forward a couple of years, and Tim is a sought-after sports and action photographer. But the things he learned back then is as useful today as it was then.

“When you’re on a shoot and the athlete realizes that you actually get what they’re doing, everything changes,” he says. “At that point the shoot becomes a collaboration. They get inspired to elevate what they do, jump higher or run faster or whatever it may be, which in turn inspires you as a photographer to elevate what you do.”


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3 Things Every Photographer Should Keep in Mind for a Beautiful Light in Harsh Conditions

Written by Jared Platt on . Posted in Lighting Tips

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On April 23, Profoto and photographer Jared Platt will host a free webinar on how to create a beautiful light in harsh conditions. To get you in the mood for the webinar, Jared has listed 3 things every photographer should keep in mind when shooting in harsh conditions. They are, in his own words: 

Most challenging lighting conditions can be overcome with just one off-camera light.  The Arizona desert at high noon, can be one of the most difficult scenarios to tame, with the sun glaring down from a clear blue sky and no natural shade to be found.  This is my every day situation on location.

But with some location scouting, a little attention to the sun’s position and a well placed off-camera light, a tough situation gives way to beautiful light.  Below are a three simple steps to managing harsh light with a limited arsenal of lighting equipment. Read More

Brian Braun’s Profoto B1 Review. Plus a Bunch of Wonderful Portraits.

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Review

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Photographer Brian Braun is driving around The States in his huge Airstream, photographing the people he meet and the places he sees. To light his subjects, Brian brought a Profoto B1 and an Umbrella Deep – products which he now has reviewed on his blog.

“Setting out on my journey I quickly realized 99.9999% of the time I would be traveling alone,” writes Brian. “This means 2 things I had to be aware of. The first is that I would have to be very proactive in meeting people. The second was that any  and all of the gear that I so deeply love to use would have to be manageable only by me.  So you can imagine my excitement when Profoto announced their new B1 lights.”

The review also includes some information about Brian’s portrait series Faces Along A Journey. As the name suggests, the series consists of portraits of the people Brian meets on his journey – all lit with the B1 and the Umbrella Deep.

“My approach to my lighting is to feather the light across the  subject’s face,” writes Brian as he gets down to the lighting details. “Almost emulating the sun but just lower. Place the back end of the umbrella almost at the ear of the subject slightly angled toward them. This causes the light to fall right across their face while leaving the other side untouched and shadowed…thus creating mood! ahhhhaaaa!”

Click here to read Brian’s Profoto B1 review and to learn more about how he lit his portraits.

You can also follow Brian on his journey through the States on his Facebook account an Twitter account.