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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.

Free Webinar with Jared Platt: Learn to Create a Beautiful Light in Harsh Conditions

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Webinars

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Profoto teams up with Jared Platt to up the game with the monthly Profoto webinar 1 Free Webinar with Jared Platt: Learn to Create a Beautiful Light in Harsh Conditions

The next Profoto webinar will be broadcasted on April 23. This episode will introduce our new webinar host, renowned wedding and lifestyle photographer Jared Platt, who will take our webinar series in a new problem-solving direction.

The new webinar series is called On Location with Jared Platt. Each episode will start with Jared presenting a tricky lighting challenge. Then he will present the solution.

“Our aim is to show powerful yet simple lighting techniques for photographers working in less than ideal situations,” says Jared. “While some episodes will be more elaborate in scope, many will deal with lighting challenging locations with limited time and resources.”

The first episode is called Beautiful Light in Harsh Conditions. In this, Jared will head out into the Arizona desert to shoot in the harsh desert sun. It is an uncommon shooting location, for sure. 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 take place on April 23 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!


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Join Car Photographer Frederic Schlosser on His Epic Road Trip Through Europe

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Commercial Photography

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German car photographer Frederic Schlosser is about to embark on an epic road trip through Europe. And you’re welcome to join him.

Part road trip and part photographic journey, the trip sees Frederic combining his two great passions in life: fast cars and flash photography.

Frederic and his friends will be driving through Europe in an Audi R8 and an Audi S3. Packed in the trunk are a couple of B1 off-camera flashesCar Chargers (connected to the car cigarette connector and used for charging the B1′s batteries ) and RFi Softboxes.

The goal: to shoot stunning images of these stunning cars in a number of stunning locations throughout Europe. If you’re familiar with Frederic’s previous work, you’ll have no doubts that he’ll succeed.

Follow him on his journey on his Facebook page and on his Instagram account.

This is not to be missed!

Photography Life’s Profoto B1 Review: “Without a Doubt, the Profoto B1 Is an Amazing Strobe”

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Review

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The latest Profoto B1 review has seen the light of day. This time it’s the online photo magazine Photography Life that takes the flash for a spin. And they like what they see. 

“Without a doubt, the Profoto B1 is an amazing strobe,” writes Nasim Mansurov, author and founder of the magazine. ““Being able to operate studio-quality lights in outdoors conditions without any cables or external battery packs, with the added advantage of using a pop-up flash on a Nikon DSLR (or an external infrared commander) is a huge plus, especially when shooting indoors or in low light.

“At just 3 kilos, it is a lightweight head that is truly portable when working in the field. No more dangling cables, no more battery packs to carry around! A truly versatile setup that currently has no equivalents on the market. Yes, it is an expensive head, but if you factor in all of the above features and capabilities, you certainly do get what you pay for.”

Click here to read the full review. It’s long, it’s thorough, and it’ll be well-worth every minute of your time!

If you want to read and see what other people think of the B1, click here.

Walk Through A Wedding, Part 3: The Bride Getting Ready

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Wedding Photography

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Walk Through a Wedding is a yearlong video series in which we get to follow wedding photographers Justin & Mary Marantz as they set out to capture a young couple’s most special day.

The series consists of 20 videos, each one revealing the story and the lighting setup behind a certain image. This is the third video, showing Justin & Mary shooting the bridesmaid and the bride getting ready.

It is a fairly difficult shot to pull off. The lighting conditions in the hotel room are far from ideal and there is a lot of things happening quickly. But Justin and Mary solved this using a single B1 off-camera flash and an Umbrella Shallow White M.

“This allows us to cover a large area with light, but also maintain a directional nature to it,” says Justin.

“We don’t like to direct them too much or pose them,” adds Mary in regards to their subjects. “We just keep telling them to face the light in a general, and we let that moment unfold naturally.”

The final shot plus a couple of behind-the-scenes images from the shoot can be found below. The first two Walk Through a Wedding videos can be found here if you have not seen them already.

The next video will be released April 21. Stay tuned. Read More