Framing the Shot. Here Is How to Get It Right From the Start.

Written by Louis Pang on . Posted in Lighting Tips

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Malaysian photographer and guest blogger Louis Pang is back. This time he takes us behind-the-scenes of a recent to shoot to talk about what Louis considers to be the most challenging aspect of a shoot: framing the shot. Here is the story, in Louis own words.

When I arrive on a location for a shoot, the biggest challenge is framing the shot. Is it background going to be this wall or that atrium? Should I go wide or tight? What is the language of light? Just ambient light, a blend of artificial and natural light or purely artificial? These are the myriad of possibilities we face. We have to commit to a shot or idea or we risk chasing rainbows, coming away with pictures that are neither here nor there.

In this post, I’ll walk everyone through an environmental portraiture I shot for a leading property magazine recently. You will see how I started, where I ended up and all the dilemmas I faced in between.

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Our Webinar on How to Mix Ambient Light with Flash Was Recorded and Is Now Available As a Video

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Lighting Tips

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On November 19, we did a live webinar with Jared Platt on how to achieve a natural looking result when mixing ambient light with flash on location. Did you miss it? Don’t worry. The webinar was recorded and is now available as a video.

This was the last Profoto webinar for this season. All six episode of On Location with Jared Platt, plus all four episodes of Light Shaping with Mark Wallace, were recorded and are now available as videos on our webinar page.

We will now take some time off the webinars and plan for what to do in the future.

Any ideas? Do you want more webinars or not?

If yes, what would you like us to focus on? How can we improve?

If no, what would you rather see? Short video tutorials? FAQs? Actual workshops on site?

Leave a comment below and let us know!

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Tips and Tricks for Getting a Natural Looking Result When Mixing Ambient Light with Strobes

Written by Jared Platt on . Posted in Lighting Tips

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On November 19, Profoto and photographer Jared Platt will host a free webinar on how to get a natural-looking result when mixing ambient light with strobes on location. To get you in the mood for the webinar, Jared has written an article on the topic. Enjoy!

Scouting locations with a client recently, I came to realise how unimpressed the untrained eye is with open shade. A non-photographer will look at open shade, then look at the pretty sunlit trees and buildings across the street and think, “why is this photographer so impressed with this bland, shady side of the street?” But the client is only seeing what is there, not what is possible.

Finding open shade is the habit of natural light photographers all around the globe. In open shade you find cover from the harsh light of the sun and beautiful soft directional light from the sky; but many photographers only go as far as to find the open shade and begin shooting with the existing ambient light. This is a simple and fast way to work and yields some good images, but there is more beautiful light to be had in open shade if you have the imagination to see it and a few lights to make it happen.

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Download a Free Lighting Tutorial By Peter Hurley

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Lighting Tips

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Earlier this year,  renowned portrait photographer Peter Hurley released his spectacular video lighting tutorial Illuminating the Face. Being both inspiring and educational, the video series was an instant success.

Now, we have teamed up with Peter Hurley and Fstoppers to offer you an exclusive new chapter in the series: Illuminating the Face On Location.

Click here and sign up, and we will send you a downlink right away!

Don’t Hide Your Flash. Put It in the Image! Here Is How.

Written by Jared Platt on . Posted in Lighting Tips

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On October 22, Profoto and photographer Jared Platt will host a free webinar on how to use light as an element. To get you in the mood for the webinar, Jared has written an article on the topic. Enjoy!

With only minutes to find, compose and take the wedding portrait my assistant, myself and the couple parked on the side of the road and hustled into the burned out forest just on the edge of the Grand Canyon. We had just a few more minute of twilight and wanted to make the most of it. With two Profoto B1 off-camera flashes, we knew we needed one as a main soft light and the other as a backlight or hair light to separate the couple from the background. Without that hair light, the groom’s suite would fade into the darkness of the trees and the sky from whence it would never return. Having that hair light also helps to create separation between the bushes and trees in the fore and mid ground areas. There is not disputing, we needed a hair light.

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