The B1 Off-camera Flash on Heavy-Duty Use

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Commercial Photography

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Fullframe Photographics is an Australian team of commercial photographers, retouching artists and production assistants. One of the teams latest assignments involved shooting a dusty mine site during the hottest month of the year. For this they brought the B1 off-camera flash.

The BackPack M that photographer Dale Travers can be seen carrying houses two B1 off-camera flashes. Attached to the straps are a Magnum Reflector and a Zoom Reflector.

“Ultimately these flashes are the next generation of studio lights for location work,” writes Dale on the team’s website. “Size and weight capabilities of these new units means we can produce high quality work for our clients on location with minimal wight and they proved as reliable as the rest of our Profoto gear.”

The full article can be found here. Be sure to check it out.

You will find most of the stills and a couple of bts shots below.

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How Frederic Schlosser Made a Parked Car Look As If It Is Moving At 150 km/h

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Commercial Photography

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“So you have a priceless Porsche race car to photograph for an ad campaign and you have to make it look like it’s driving really fast, but space is tight and you left your stunt driver at home. So how do you get the shot of this car driving fast while parked?”

That was the question that Fstoppers staff writer Douglas Sonders asked his readers a while ago. This video holds the answer to that question. If you haven’t seen it already – buckle up and prepare to be amazed as photographer Frederic Schlosser shows what you can achieve with a little know-how and of couple of D1 monoglights and RFi softboxes.

Head over to the Fstoppers site for the full story, including more information about the shoot and some behind-the-scenes shots.

Click here to see more of Frederic’s work.

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Smoking Hot Photography with Brad Trent

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Commercial Photography

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“Dave Baratz at USAWeekend had me shoot Iron Chef Bobby Flay for a Summer Grilling cover. He wanted BBQ…he wanted smoke…he wanted fire…and he wanted it shot in a studio. So we obliged.”

These are Brad Trent’s words, the sole photographer and writer behind the cheekily Damn Ugly Photography website.

So how did he do it? Well, the solution involved a $1850 smoke machine, an Acute2R generator and a spectacular back drop.

Head over the Damn Ugly Photography for the full story.

Light Shaping Tool of the Month: StripLight

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Demented, the custom Kawasaki

©Nigel Harniman

Each month we highlight a certain item in Profoto’s rich assortment of Light Shaping Tools. (Previous articles can be found here.) This month we ask UK car photographer Nigel Harniman how and why he uses the StripLight.

Let us be clear about one thing: the StripLight is not a strip softbox. Strip softboxes are mounted onto flash heads. StripLights, on the other hand, are special application heads with built-in flash tubes, designed to provide a long and narrow light source with a subtle fall-off. Think of it as a precise and powerful fluorescent lamp, if you will.

StripLights are often used with BarnDoors to create perfectly even highlights with sharp outlines. It is for this reason that many car photographers wanting razor sharp reflections in the car body use them. This is also where Nigel Harniman and his shots of Demented (his beloved, custom-made Kawasaki VN1500) enter the picture.

To give Demented the respect it deserves, Nigel decided to shoot it in a dank, severe setting amid broken light and fractured metals and water, also known as the Lawrence Recycling plant in Kidderminster. He then used a medium-sized StripLight to make its shapes and details stand out from the murky environment.

“StripLights are very good at front lighting hard, shiny objects,” says Nigel. “You get these clean, white highlights that accentuates the form of the object you’re shooting. In the case of Demented, most of the highlights in its body were created using a single, medium-sized StripLight. The highlights in the chrome, the shape of the fuel tank, the details in the wheels, the texture in the seat, all these little streaky details were created using that single StripLight.” Read More

Tarick Foteh Highlights Design Driven Wakeboard Boats

Written by M. Gertz on . Posted in Commercial Photography

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© Tarick Foteh

© Tarick Foteh

Tigé Boats describes themselves as a design-driven boat company who couples innovative technology to bold shapes and colors to create a high end product. They came to photographer Tarick Foteh looking for some images that would highlight their boats’ unique qualities in a clean, spotless, high-shine style, reminiscent of automotive photography.

Tarick knew that this style would require “extra care in light modification and control,” to say the least, and shipping the boats to a studio that could accommodate them was out of the question and out of the budget. Instead of running away screaming, Tarick rose to the task, traveling to the factory where the boats are made and deciding to build his studio right there on site. Read More