Kenneth Volpe and Profoto D1

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Beauty Photography

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New York-based photographer Kenneth Volpe has a Bachelor of Engineering degree and a Master of Engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology. In other words, he knows what is going inside the camera. But that does not mean he cannot create art with one. On the contrary, since the formation of his own photography company Transposure in 2007, Kenneth has been known for turning his deep understanding of the physics of photography into perfectly lit images.

We recently had the privilege of seeing Volpe in action. He was doing an on-location beauty shoot in downtown New York, and we were there with our cameras to film it. “In my opinion, the mark of a good photographer is someone who can take the ambient lighting and match that with strobes so that it looks natural,” said Volpe, who used four D1 monolights, two Softbox RFi 1×3′, a Beauty Dish and several grids to achieve that effect.

Watch the video and learn how.

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  • Tom Wilson

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    Been a fan of your work since you posted the rope series on Model Mayhem. Still one of my favorite bodies of work.

    Keep up the good work.
    Tom Wilson
    MM# 322820

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  • Kenneth Volpe On Mixing Ambient Light With Strobes | Fstoppers

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    [...] NYC-based commercial photographer Kenneth Volpe sat down with the good folks over at Profoto to give some insight on the way he lights his images and a bit of his philosophy when it comes to his photography business, Transposure. With Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Engineering, Kenneth is a guy that definitely understands fine light and exhibits it in the way he makes his photos. Check out the full write up over at the Profoto Blog. [...]

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  • Leo

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    Great video and love the natural look in matching ambient light, thanks for sharing!

    Was wondering what light boom do you use to hold the D1 + beauty dish? And is it on a C-Stand? It looks quite sturdy and has extendable arm?

    Thanks again…

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    • Don Mcphee

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      Ken, Great work and I could not agree with you more. Why would you show up to a gig with lights that your client potentially owns? One speed light looks like another. Dont get me wrong, speed lights can produce great results, ( Joe McNally). Everyone IS a photographer these days, you have to separate your self t from the rest of wanna bees. Profoto rocks!
      LEO..I believe it id a mini-boom. I have one by Matthews and it’s a great tool.

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      • Leo

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        Thanks Don, yes… it looks like an Avenger mini boom, they look like more sturdy than Manfrotto ones and telescopic comes handy.

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  • Mike Devlin

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    The day you have to outshine a client with gear, gadgets & gizmos… is the day you should reconsider what you are doing…

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