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Here Are Some of the Self-portraits You Guys Have Shared with Us!

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Portrait Photography

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Yesterday, we published a short film by Ian Ruther, titled The Making of a Celebrity Portrait. If you haven’t seen it, you most definitely should.

If you already have, you know that the video ends with Ian encouraging you to share a self-portrait on Instagram with the hashtag #iamcelebrity

Below are some of the self-portraits that you guys have shared so far. The feed is continuously and automatically updated, so if you want to be part of it, take a self-portrait and hashtag i #iamthecelebrity

Ian will be looking at and commenting on the images all month. So this is your chance for some proper feedback from a creative soul with a sharp eye.


Ian Ruhter’s Most Challenging Portrait Ever: The Celebrity Portrait

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Portrait Photography

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Some shoots are just shoots. Others are an experience you walk away from knowing something you did not know before. Ian Ruhter‘s celebrity portrait shoot definitely belongs in the latter category.

Today, we have something special for you. Wet plates maestro Ian Ruhter has released a new video. It’s called The Making of a Celebrity Portrait, and it’s quite unlike any other video on portrait photography we’ve ever seen.

“Based on who this person is I knew I would scrutinize this image far more than any other portrait that I had ever made,” writes Ian about the project. “During this project The Making of a Celebrity Portrait, it redefined how I view celebrities. It made me question if celebrity culture influenced us so greatly that we want to be portrayed like them. In a world that revolves around social networking and selfies I started wondering what these images really say about us.

Ian also encourages viewers to engage in the project by sharing a portrait of themselves:

“NOW IT’S YOUR TURN! I’m asking you to include a photograph of yourself for this project. The idea is to collect many images so we can create one picture of who we really are. Hashtag a portrait of you with #iamthecelebrity on Instagram! All month long we’ll be cataloguing and commenting on these images. Once this is done we’ll create the final project! Stay tuned for updates by following me and Profoto.”

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Portraits of People’s Faces When Hit With A Stun Gun

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Portrait Photography

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Portrait photographer Patrick Hall wanted to capture real emotions in real people. So he held a camera to their face and hit them with 300.000 volts of electricity. The result? Some stunning (haaa…) portraits and one of the most talked about videos this week!

“As a portrait photographer, you’re always trying to get something real,” says Patrick Hall. “And what’s interesting about this photo shoot is that there is no way you can fake your emotion or your expression when you’re getting hit with 300.000 volts of electricity.

Well, we can’t argue with that, Patrick…

The video, posted by the good people at Fstoppers, spread like wildfire. Of course, watching the video, we couldn’t help but notice what tools Patrick was using – three Profoto D1 1.000 Ws moonlights, two HR Softboxes and a classic Zoom Reflector.

Those of you who want to get into the nitty gritty details about Patrick’s setup and solution should defintiely check out his thorough behind-the-scenes video, which you will find below.

You should also head over to Fstoppers for the full story and more final shots.

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BJP’s Profoto B1 500 Review: “A Compelling Package”

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Review

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The British Journal of Photography (BJP) was first published in 1854. That makes the magazine 160 years old. One-hundred-and-sixty. How cool is that?

Almost as cool is the fact that BJP’s most recent review is a thorough examination of the Profoto B1 off-camera flash – or the B1 Location Kit, to be precise.

The review, done and written by photographer Martin Evening, is, in the magazine’s fashion, detailed and sober. But also positive.

The review’s final verdict of the kit is:

“At €2950, the Profoto B1 Off-Camera Flash kit isn’t cheap, and you still need to factor in the cost of the Air Remote TTL unit plus stands and lighting accessories. But for the sheer convenience and automated control you get working with the Profoto B1 lights, it’s a compelling package.

Read the full review here.

Joe McNally Field Tests the New Profoto Air Remote TTL-N for Nikon

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Testimonial

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Joe McNally loves his Nikon. But he also loves taking control of and shaping the light in front of his camera.    

In a recently published story on his blog, Joe writes about his experiences with his newest tools for shaping light: the Profoto B1 off-camera flash and the new Air Remote TTL-N, allowing Nikon shooters to do TTL with the Profoto B1.

Joe, evidently impressed by his new tools, concludes his test saying:

“There’s lots of experimenting to do with these and the possibilities for the future are pretty endless. But, across the board, these units rock. Battery life is excellent. The design of both the flash and the remote is simple and straightforward. The TTL response was predictable, and controllable. I had control of all three zones, and they all responded to commands. This is exciting stuff, and there is definitely more tk here…….”

Click here for the full story.

Thanks for the kind words, Joe! You made our day.