Profoto Event at S1 Studios in Toronto

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Events

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Will you be in Toronto this week? Then you might be interested in knowing that S1 Studios will host a one-day event on November 16 and 17?

The schedule is like this: In the morning, there will be a New Equipment Event where you can demo the latest Profoto equipment, including the new Pro-B4 battery pack. In the afternoon, there will be a Live Event with photographer Per Bernal, who will shoot with the new Profoto equipment and explain how he uses this and other tools to create his signature style. “It will be a very interactive experience!” promises the guys at S1.

You can learn more and sign up for the event at the S1 Studios website.


Jeremy Cowart’s Lifefinder Tour

Written by Ron Egatz on . Posted in Events

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Lifefinder Tour

Lifefinder Tour

Celebrity photographer Jeremy Cowart’s two-disc DVD set entitled Lifefinder: An Instructional Look at the Work of Photographer Jeremy Cowart is both instructional and inspirational. It contains over four hours of educational footage, including seven narrated photo shoots.

Profoto is pleased to sponsor Jeremy Cowart’s Lifefinder Tour. Additionally, we are giving away one (1) free ticket to Jeremy Cowart’s Lifefinder 2012 tour.

Enter now thru May 7th. Don’t wait to buy your ticket they are going fast. For more information and to enter click the link below.

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TODAY in SF! Robert Seale at Photoshop & You Experience

Written by Profoto Blogger on . Posted in Education, Events, Instruction, Lighting Tips

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We’ve covered the beautiful and innovative portrait work of Profoto shooter Robert Seale before. His work is innovative, beautifully framed, and often composed the way a portrait painter would.

If you’re in the San Francisco area today, Seale will be speaking and showing his work at 5pm today at the Adobe “Pop-Up Store” Photoshop and You Experience in San Francisco.

If you’re unable to attend, check out Seale’s site or blog to see more of his work.

Allen Johnson’s Acts of Service

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Orange County California photographer Allen Johnson contributed to our blog twice before. He wrote the following account of how he donated his services on Mother’s Day. It’s an inspiring piece about giving back to the community. What follows is his own account of what he did this past Mother’s Day.

I had to make sure I had it all. I didn’t want to forget anything. Thousands of people would be awaiting their opportunity at a memory and it rested on my shoulders to be organized and prepared. Isn’t it so much more than just be organized, though? It’s what you’re packing when you plan important events. Ask any expert in their field. They want more than just any equipment, they want what they can count on time and time again. Typically, you learn these lessons because you know from past experience when you’ve been let down. I knew I was not going to be let down, I would be packing all my Profoto equipment for this two day event.

©Allen Johnson

Here’s what I loaded up:


©Allen Johnson

All of this transformed into three separate stations at our church on Mother’s Day weekend. The moms along with their families were able to choose from three different backgrounds to coordinate with their attire. This offering of free portraiture has become a tradition offered at our church. I’ve had the privilege of being a part of this for several years, and in years past, my equipment has let me down making post-processing a lengthy nightmare. This would be the first year I wasn’t fearing color shifts or light variations. I used a Sekonic light meter along with the ColorChecker Passport to ensure consistency, and this made my post in Lightroom only take a couple of hours.

With the technical concerns behind me, I found myself enjoying the opportunity of serving others and giving back. On Saturday evening and all day Sunday, we captured memories for the moms and their families. It was such a sweet blessing to be part of it all. I enjoy seeing everyone putting forth that extra something and arriving dressed up and looking ever so precious, especially the littlest ones. The moms radiate such joy at having everyone together for a portrait. All weekend long, I was honored with their gratitude and thanks. However, nothing reminded me more of why I was doing what I was doing until one family in particular thanked me. They expressed their appreciation for last year’s portrait because since last Mother’s Day, their mother had passed away. They cherish the portrait from last year. It’s a moment like that which gives me all the encouragement I need to keep providing this service each year.

Giving back to the church or your community will always bring reward beyond your own human comprehension. The time and energy you offer up to others comes back a hundred fold. I understand many of us find it difficult to even manage to get their own to-do list completed and find time to spend with family. I’ve noticed, however, when I give of my time and talents, I am still able to get the other things accomplished as well. Are you carving out time for others? Have you found a way to give back? Each one of us has a talent. Discover yours, and put it to use. You’ll never be sorry.

©Allen Johnson

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Tomas Whitehouse to Host Studio Workshop

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A photographer we’ve admired for a long time is hosting a studio workshop next month in his adopted country of Finland. Tomas Whitehouse is a great British shooter who gave up his punk rock guitar playing to become a highly-stylized photographer to be reckoned with. You can get full details about the workshop, entitled “Episode II: A Studio Workshop” at this address.

“This studio based workshop prepares, introduces and familiarises the photographer with the environment, the equipment and several core lighting plans that will offer a strong knowledge base to shoot professional portraits,” states Whitehouse on his blog page which covers the workshop.

A Profoto enthusiast, Whitehouse employs an Acute2 Ringflash and Widesoft Reflector in the studio.

Whitehouse is proud to announce ten percent of the profits will be donated to the well-respected Finnish charity organization Finn Church Aid ActAlliance.

You can see more of Whitehouse’s work at his site and his blog. Be sure to follow him on Twitter and Facebook.