Illuminating the Face on Location With Peter Hurley

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Videos

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In november 2014, Profoto teamed up with renowned photography site Fstoppers and top photographer Peter Hurley to create the definitive video tutorial on how to light a portrait on location.

During these 40 minutes Hurley will guide you through different lighting scenarios and different challenges a portrait photographer might face on location. He uses Profoto B1 Off-Camera Flashes and a selection of Profoto Light Shaping Tools to light men and women of different ages.

Not to brag or anything. But you’d be hard pressed to find a video lighting tutorial covering more than this in 40 minutes.

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Louis Pang Shoots with Profoto HSS at The Great Wall of China

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© Louis Pang

© Louis Pang

Louis Pang is an international, award-winning photographer based in Malaysia. He has previously taking us behind the scenes for some of his shoots. For this photo shoot, Louis went to the Great Wall of China to put Profoto HSS to the test. Here’s his conclusion. 

High speed sync (HSS) is not just cool technology but a great creative option. HSS allows our flash to sync with our camera beyond the 1/250 shutter speed limitation and all the way up to 1/8000. So how does this help our photography? Where do we start? When should we use high speed sync? I would like to share two recent shoots where HSS was used.

Before we start, you will need to activate HSS in your camera menu. For Canon users it is activated in the Flash Settings, and for Nikon users the Camera Setting.

Once HSS is activated you can set your shutter speed up to 1/8000 and be in control of the ambient light. Particularly helpful when we shoot in bright outdoors where the sun overpowers everything else. HSS can turn day into night without using ND filters.

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On to Light Shaping: Breaking Out of Prison with Mike Allebach

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 photographer Mike Allebach for a shoot at the former prison, Eastern State Penitentiary. When you are done watching, click here to see the rest of the series.

One of the secrets of building a successful business is finding a niche that sets you apart from the crowd. In the case of Philadelphia-based Mike Allebach, aka ‘the tattooed bride photographer’, his specialty is, as you might have guessed, photographing tattooed wedding parties.

One of Mike’s favorite shooting venues is the Eastern State Penitentiary. Unlike your typical crystal chandeliered catering facility, Eastern State is a former prison on the northeast edge of Center City that dates back to 1829. In Mike’s words, “I love shooting there. The place defines my brand, not to mention my clients brand”. To date he’s shot two weddings and over a dozen engagement parties there.

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Andrea “The Light Shaper” Belluso Creates the Hardest Light Possible

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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 we get to join him on a sunny beach in Dubai, using a selection of Hard Reflectors to create a super hard light.

Shooting cars has never been my thing. I shoot a lot of fashion, beauty and lifestyle, sometimes portraits and editorials too. But cars? No.

So when Gulf Photo Plus contacted me and told me that Cadillac Arabia wanted me to do a commercial job for them, I hesitated. Sure, they wanted fashion and lifestyle like pictures. But there obviously needed to be a large, shiny car in the image too. This was definitely a job way outside my comfort zone.

But then I started thinking. I’ve been a photographer for more than three decades now. I understand light. I know how to light. All I had to do was to apply that knowledge to a slightly different situation. I would be like a little lighting adventure! Plus, leaving your comfort zone is good, right? If I wanted to take the safe route, I would’ve listened to my mother’s advice and chosen a different career path all those years ago…

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Brad Trent Captures the Grace of Soloist Dancer Misty Copeland

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Misty Copeland

Remember Brad Trent, the photographer who did funny portraits of John Cleese? Well, he’s back from a new shoot. This time with Misty Copeland, the only African American soloist dancing with the American Ballet Theatre

In Brad Trent’s blog post we join him behind the stages of this shoot with the prestigious dancer. As with many shoots, Brad had limited amount of time and they were doing both cover, opening shots, portraits and a bunch of other cool stuff.

To do so, Brad used a couple of fast and powerful Profoto Pro 8-a along with some light shaping tools to get the look he wanted.

He performed pretty well, we must say. Great work, Brad!

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