Our Webinar on Matching Strobes with Available Light Was Recorded and Is Now Available as a Video

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On September 17, we did a live webinar with Jared Platt on how to match strobes with available light on location. Did you miss it? No worries. The webinar was recorded and is now available as a video.

Profoto hosts free webinars once a month. The next one is scheduled for October 22. Click here to sign up, and we’ll send you a friendly reminder when the next one is about to start.

All previous webinars are also available on the same page. There is one on dramatic night portraits, one on senior portraits and one on how to create a beautiful light in harsh conditions, to name just a few examples.

For more information about the B1 off-camera flash and the other Light Shaping Tools Jared is using in this video, click here.

And have a nice weekend!

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Zhang Jingna’s 14 Steps to Improve Your Photography!

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Fashion and fine art photographer Zhang Jingna has previously walked us through a commercial shoot and a personal project. This time she will turn things inwards and talk about how to grow as a photographer. Brace yourself! Here are Zhang Jingna’s 14 steps to improve your photography!

If you have been shooting for a while, whether as a professional photographer or a hobbyist, how do you improve? This is one of the questions I am often asked when a photographer writes to me. With the last two articles, I covered commercial and personal photoshoot productions. For this one I want to turn things inward a little, and talk about how to improve ourselves and better our photography.

So, without further ado, here are my 14 steps to improve your photography!

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Zhang Jingna Walks Us Through a Commercial Photo Shoot, from Request to Postproduction

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Have you ever wondered how a commercial photo shoot is done? Well, wonder no more. Today, photographer Zhang Jingna will walk us through the entire process, from request to postproduction. Here is how it works, in Jingna’s own words:

One of the most frequently asked questions I receive is how a commercial photo shoot is done. In this post I’ll be doing a little walkthrough of the steps involved in one of my typical productions, from pre-shoot to final product. Whether you’re an upcoming photographer or just a hobbyist, I hope it sheds some light on the behind-the-scenes and you will find it an interesting read.

Before I start, I should also mention that typically for major clients, there is usually a large team of people working on a campaign. In those instances an executive producer will handle everything related to preparing the shoot, and thus often, all that’s needed of the photographer is to prepare his treatment (more on that in a bit), show up, and shoot.

However, for many other jobs, it’s becoming increasingly popular these days for the photographer to quote and execute the full-scale production of the photoshoot themselves. This post will cover a project’s process on this scale. Read More

How to Create a Superhero-esque Movie Poster in Less Than Two Hours

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 How to Create a Superhero esque Movie Poster in Less Than Two Hours

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It goes without saying that blockbuster movie posters are the result of countless hours of postproduction and spending ridiculous amounts of money. But if you are willing to take it down a notch, you can do your very own poster in just two hours!

South African photographer Andrew McGibbon was recently asked to shoot a promotional image for a man who was about to start his own private security company. The two agreed that a superhero-esque, movie poster-like image would be suitable (everybody needs a hero, right?). But time was short and the budget was limited, so Andrew had to come up with a quick and easy solution. Here is how he did it, explained in six simple steps: Read More

How to Control Power

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Are monolights your bread and butter? Sohail Mamdani has a helpful post on the BorrowLenses blog covering how to control power on a Profoto pack.

Mamdani admits after getting used to monolights, he found the idea of a pack a bit daunting. What? You can control three lights at once? In response, he put together this guide to illustrate the basics of working with a Profoto Acute2R 2400 pack. It will have you shooting with confidence.

Using a Sekonic light meter mounted on a light stand, Sohail visually demonstrates how to alter the output of the pack from full power at 2400ws down to 75ws, a much greater degree of variability than the typical monolight.

Read the full guide and stay tuned to the BorrowLenses blog for part two of this series, which promises to take you through controlling light for multiple heads on one pack.