Christoph Jorda Lights Up an Ice Cave

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Sports Photography

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© Christoph Jorda

We don’t have any behind-the-scenes images to share from this shoot. And we honestly don’t know very much abou it. Still, this image is just too good not to share.

What we do know is that it was shot by German photographer Christoph Jorda. We know that he used a Profoto B1. And we know that the ice cave was not put in the image in post. It  was shot just the way it looks.

“This ice cave is a hidden jewel at about 3000 meter altitude in the middle of the Pitzal Glacier ski resort, says Christoph. “We hiked up there, two riders, one photographer, two B1s and a lot motivation.”

Once they reached the ice cave, Christoph and his team spent about an hour digging in the mountain side. They wanted the ice cave’s opening to be larger (so that more of the background would be visible). They also wanted the landing hill to be lower (to make the jump higher).

“After we were done, the two riders climbed on top of the cave,” says Christoph. “One of them prepared for the  jump. The other was holding one of the two B1s, which would be used as our main light on the guy doing the jump. Meanwhile, I set up the other B1 inside the cave. I wanted to show the smooth surface of the ice and the deep blue color of the cave. The best way to do that is to have a backlight.

“After a couple of test shots we were ready and good to go. We then had to wait for about 10minutes to have just the right beautiful purple light at the background. Then, when it was exactly right, the rider took off, nailed the jump, and we got our shot.

Yup, they sure did.


See more of Christoph’s images at his website.

Learn more about the B1 here.


This Car Is Moving At Walking Pace. Promise.

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Commercial Photography

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Frequent readers of our blog might recognise the name Richard Dole. (Those of you who don’t, click here and here to catch up with the rest of us.) Now, Richard is back with another story for speed freaks and motor heads. Here it is, in his own words.

I’ve had the wonderful opportunity over the past 10 months to photograph the development of the latest racing car from Nissan. The Japanese car company is returning to the Le Mans 24 Hour race in France and the World Endurance Championship series competing at the highest level with their new GT-R LM NISMO prototype.

Ten days before Christmas I was at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas to photograph the car for the first time in full race trim. Also on location was a 150 person film crew producing the Nissan Super Bowl ad in which the racing car would make its worldwide debut. My assignment was to produce images for the print and online collateral material that would be released as soon as the TV ad aired.

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Come Meet Us and Our Friends at WPPI

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in News

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Just a few days left until WPPI kicks off. Will you be there? We will. And so will some of the biggest names in the industry.

The first WPPI convention and trade show took place in 1980. Since then, it has grown to become one of the largest events in the evergrowing, ever-evolving wedding photography industry. This year’s event is looking more exciting than ever.

Will you be there? If so, you should definitely stop by the Profoto booth. We’re in booth #611. Come say hello, try our latest and greatest products, and hear some of the industry’s most renowned photographers share their knowledge.

You will find the full schedule of speakers below.

See you there?

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Kelly Pratt Uses Profoto B1 to Create Hard Shadows

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Videos

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Kelly Pratt, a husband and wife photographic team, had a vision: A vision of a ballet dancer, straight lines and shadows falling across her body. This vision required a large studio space and great lighting techniques. Luckily they had both. 

The team wanted to capture an elegant and modern look and to show off the dancer Vanessa’s grace and strength. With everything they had in mind, they realized that it wouldn’t be easy. First off, to create the lines falling across the wall, they needed to make an 8 foot cookie (a device to cast shadows patterns or silhouettes). They set up their trusted Profoto B1 Off-Camera Flash, and by simply moving it around they were able to change the direction and stretch of the shadows.

To be able to create hard and dramatic shadows they needed to place the flash far away and visualize how the shadows would fall on the dancer. “The modeling light on the B1 was especially helpful for this setup”, writes Kelly.

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How Stefan Tell Created His Smoky Portraits with Ring Flash and Beauty Dish

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Portrait Photography

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© Stefan Tell

How does a smoke machine affect the light on the model? Swedish blogger and photographer Stefan Tell knows. He decided to bring one into his studio for a portrait session of the Swedish music band, A Swarm of the Sun. Here’s the result. 

Stefan Tell considers a smoke machine to be a really cheap and easy way to turn a small photo studio into an infinite one. As a matter of fact, he didn’t change much of the lighting settings at all. The effect of the smoke made the portraits feel totally different.

For main light he used a Profoto D1 250 Air, equipped with a Softlight Reflector White and grid and was placed diagonally from the top left of the camera. He attached a Profoto Acute Ring Flash to his camera, connected to the Acute B600R, and equipped with a WideSoft Reflector. On the opposite side, behind the musicians, stood another Profoto D1 500 equipped with a Magnum Reflector and created an edge light and illuminated the smoke/fog from behind.

“By using three Profoto lights I was able to get a nice portrait light as well as highlighting parts of the haze in the studio so that also became a visible part”, says Stefan.

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