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Victoria Will Shoots Tintype Portraits of the Stars at Sundance

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Portrait Photography, Videos

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At this year’s Sundance Film Festival, photographer Victoria Will decided to put down her digital camera and use a century-old technique to shoot the stars. The result is celebrity portraits unlike any other you have ever seen before.

We all know the feeling of being stuck in a rut. So what do you do as a portrait photographer when you need to reignite your creative spark?

One thing you can do is switch tools. Replace the pen with a brush, and you will probably be surprised by what you end up putting on the canvas.

Celebrity photographer Victoria Will’s recent shoot at the Sundance Film Festival is a good example. Victoria had been shooting the stars at the festival for three years in a row when she started to feel as if she was reinventing the wheel every time. So for her fourth year, she replaced her DSLR with an old Graflex Super D camera and the TIFFs and JPGs with beautiful, aluminum tintypes.

The switch did not make things easier for Victoria, quite the opposite. But the demanding process resulted in some of the most inspired and highly praised portraits from that year’s festival.

“What I love about the process is how raw it is,” says Victoria. “We live in an age of glossy magazines and overly retouched skin. But there is no lying with tintypes. You can’t get rid of a few wrinkles in Photoshop.”

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Christian van Hanja Uses 75 Cameras to Shoot an Athlete in Ultra Slow Motion

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Videos

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This video took almost five years of development and 75 DSLR cameras to pull off. Looking at the outcome, we’re assuming photographer Christian van Hanja considers every second and penny well spent. 

Christian van Hanja was first featured on our blog a little over a year ago with his beautiful video of a flatland BMX biker doing tricks next to the river Seine.

His latest video, however, takes things to a whole new level. Using a massive rig of no less than 75 DSLR cameras and Profoto lighting, Christian films living flatland BMX legend Viki Gomez in 4K Ultra high definition and PHANTOM Ultra slow motion.

The tech specs will have some of you frothing around the mouth. The rest of you can just sit back and enjoy the mindblowing outcome.

When you are done watching, why not check out the video we did with Viki Gomez and Richard Walch for the launch of the B1 Off-Camera Flash in 2013?


6 Simple Ways to Shape Your Profoto B2’s Light into Something Totally Different

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in News

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You probably already know about the brand new, super portable Profoto B2. But do you know how easy it is to shape its light into something totally different? Here is how. 

We’ve said it before – to shoot with the new Profoto B2 is to shoot with all options at hand. It can be used on or off-camera. It can be carried around or mounted on a stand and synced and controlled wirelessly.

Or, and here is where the real beauty is, it works with more than 150 Light Shaping Tools, allowing you to shape its already beautiful light into almost any light you can imagine.

In this article we will focus on the new OCF Light Shaping Tools. Scroll down to see how the Profoto B2’s light changes dramatically by simply adding an OCF Light Shaping Tool.

Swipe to the left to see an image shot with (in most cases) a bare-headed Profoto B2. Swipe to the right to see it shot with the OCF Light Shaping Tool in question.

Of, with no further ado, here are six simple ways to shape your Profoto B2’s light into something totally different! Enjoy!

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6 Things You Need to Know About the B2 Off-Camera Flash

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in News

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On March 2, 2015, the new Profoto B2 Off-Camera Flash was released. You probably already know that the B2 is the B1’s smaller, more portable sibling. But what else should you know? Here are six must-know facts.

To shoot with the B2 Off-Camera Flash is to shoot with all options at hand. Use it on or off-camera. Use just the B2 or several Profoto Off-Camera Flashes at once. Shoot in TTL Mode or shoot in Manual Mode. Choose from more than 150 Light Shaping Tools and explore light shaping.

In other words, you got a lot of options. Having options is good. But it can be a bit bewildering at first.

So, to help you get started, here are the first six things you need to know about the B2 Off-Camera Flash.

And don’t forget to check out our nifty swipeable images!

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Watch 18 Portrait and Wedding Photographers Create Magic with Profoto Off-Camera Flash

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Videos

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Question: What does Ben & Erin Chrisman, Chan Kit, Charles & Jennifer Maring, Dixie Dixon, Jaleel King, Jared Platt, JP Elario, Justin & Mary, Laurent Hini, Michelle Turner, Mike Allebach, Moshe Zusman, Ryan Brenizer, Sal Cincotta, Simeon Quarrie, Tamara Lackey, Tom Muñoz and Vanessa Joy have in common?

Answer: They have all tried the new Profoto Off-Camera Flash system. And they all shot a video while doing so.

All 18 videos are now available at our new website.

Click here to watch them all.