3 Things Every Photographer Should Keep in Mind for a Beautiful Light in Harsh Conditions

Written by Jared Platt on . Posted in Lighting Tips

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On April 23, Profoto and photographer Jared Platt will host a free webinar on how to create a beautiful light in harsh conditions. To get you in the mood for the webinar, Jared has listed 3 things every photographer should keep in mind when shooting in harsh conditions. They are, in his own words: 

Most challenging lighting conditions can be overcome with just one off-camera light.  The Arizona desert at high noon, can be one of the most difficult scenarios to tame, with the sun glaring down from a clear blue sky and no natural shade to be found.  This is my every day situation on location.

But with some location scouting, a little attention to the sun’s position and a well placed off-camera light, a tough situation gives way to beautiful light.  Below are a three simple steps to managing harsh light with a limited arsenal of lighting equipment. Read More

Recorded Webinar on High-key and Low-key Lighting

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Lighting Tips

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Last Wednesday we did a live webinar with Mark Wallace on high-key and low-key lighting. Did you miss it? No worries. The webinar was recorded and is now available as a video.

As mentioned when the webinar was accounced, high-key lighting is great for getting a fresh, fun and upbeat feel to an image. Low-key lighting, on other hand, is great for creating drama and for accentuating the contours of your subject. Knowing your way around these two lighting styles is fundamental for any photographer wanting to create different images with many different feels to them. And that you will after watching this video!

Our next webinar will be held on April 23. Click the link below to sign up, and we’ll send you a friendly reminder when it is about to start.

 

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How to Do Hard Light Portraits

Written by Oleg Ti on . Posted in Lighting Tips

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Photographer Oleg Ti knows light. He also knows how to share that knowledge. In this post he will use the D1 monolight to show us how to do hard light portraits. Keep reading. You won’t regret it.

The most difficult thing in photography is to develop your own method or “algorithm of behavior” during the shoot. Everyone has the same challenge, but the result is different – primarily because the decisions made by each individual are different, even under the same conditions. I believe that the main value of any photographer is not just in his skill set or knowledge base, but in the way that he applies it.

In the workshops I host, I am often asked why I chose this source of light, why I chose this way of lighting, this position of light, the power, direction etc etc. And often I answer: I do not know, because the process is intuitive, instinctive. But we all know that intuition is also “skill set,” one that totally unique to you.Trying different ways of lighting, searching for your own unique approaches, arguing with yourself and, ultimately finding your own solutions and methods – that is what will make you and your work better.

Methods don’t happen immediately. They are formed over time, via accumulated experience, experimentation, and the knowledge that is collected as a result. And, in my lessons, I try not to just give you the information on how this was made, but to also impart to you my thought process to help you to build your own.

I always like to re-experience the great pleasure of shooting a portrait with hard light. It is an opportunity to enjoy playing with light, shapes, shadows and beauty of the model. So, here it is – the best way to understand what goes into hard light portraits. Let’s begin! Read More

Mark Wallace on One Light Portraiture

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Lighting Tips

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Hey, sorry we are a little late with this one. But now it is up and running: the recorded video from our webinar on one light portraiture.

Click play, sit back and let Mark Wallace guide you through the many different portrait looks you can achieve with just a single light source. It’s an hour full of tips and tricks and there’s something there for everyone, regardless of style, taste and previous knowledge.

Our next webinar will be held this Wednesday, 19. The subject will be high-key and low-key lighting.

We promise to publish the recorded version of the upcoming webinar  a little faster than this one, but the fastest and most fun way to participate is, of course, to see it live.

Click the link below to sign up, and we’ll send you a friendly reminder when the next one is about to start.

 

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Understanding the Position of Your Light

Written by Mark Wallace on . Posted in Lighting Tips

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Next week I’ll be teaching another Profoto Webinar. We’ll be looking at the many looks of the 1-light portrait. Learning how to work with a single source of light is critical to becoming an accomplished studio portrait photographer. Working with a single light simplifies things, it removes the distractions of shadows and highlights that are created from other light sources. It allows you to focus on shaping the light using position of light and various Light Shaping Tools. We’ll be covering all of those things in the webinar, but in this article I want to focus on one thing: the position of your light. Read More