How Alexis Cuarezma Got 4 Different Looks in 1 Minute with 1 Lighting Setup

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San Francisco-based photographer Alexis Cuarezma was asked to shoot the US Men’s National Soccer Team for Sports Illustrated. The catch? He had only one minute with each player, and in that time he wanted to get not one but four different shots of each player. Impossible, you say? Nope. This is how he pulled it off. 

To complicate things further, the shoot was a three-part assignment.

The first part was the one already mentioned – the one where Alexis wanted to get four different shots of each of all 23 players in the US Men’s National Soccer Team.

The second part required Alexis to shoot a portrait of Clint Dimpsey AKA Captain American for the magazine cover.

The third part was a group portrait of all the German players that plays for team USA.

To complicate things even further, the shoot took place in the middle of nowhere on asphalt where there was no shade and no mains outlets.

So how did Alexis do it?

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Leo Edwards Brings Profoto B1 to the Forbidden Kingdom of Lo Manthang

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© Leo Edwards

Are you interested in knowing how Profoto B1 works on location? Award winning photographer Leo Edwards wanted to try them in a real world expedition. He traveled all the way to Lo Manthang, Nepal with two B1’s and six batteries. And here’s what he has to say about them. 

There is no doubt after using the B1’s in quite a challenging environment that they do produce stunning light, performed admirably and travelled very well. I would have no hesitation recommending them to anyone looking for a mobile lighting solution.”, Leo writes in a published story on his blog. 

“As a lighting solution the B1 is a great option, well built, reliable with great light output. You won’t go far wrong if you buy one – just give some thought about how you shoot and how you will place your light.”

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Top 5: Our Most Popular Posts on the Profoto Blog in 2014!

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Getting your picture taken by Santa

We all have something to celebrate, whether it’s Christmas or something else. Here at Profoto we all wish you a wonderful time of the year. We’ve sure had an amazing time this year, with lots of great stories with amazing photographers and exciting news. 

Our social media team here at Profoto will take a short break from blogging, tweeting, and emailing you guys.

Meanwhile, you can always check out the list below, compiling this year’s most popular stories on the Profoto Blog.

We’ll return on January 7. Until then.

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Mark Seliger on His Iconic Portrait of Kurt Cobain

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Portrait Photography

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We recently had the privilege of meeting one of the true masters of portrait photography – Mark Seliger. This resulted in five new videos, in which Seliger shares his thoughts on lighting and portrait photography. 

You will find all the videos at our dedicated Mark Seliger page. There is also an opportunity to win a signed copy of one of Seliger’s much loved photo books on the page.

In the fourth video, Mark Seliger explains how Kurt Cobain’s rebellious rock star attitude can both turn into a representation of grunge music and an iconic portrait when caught off guard.

Watch all videos and sign up for a chance to win a Seliger photo book here.

 

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© Mark Seliger

Brad Trent’s Completely Different Meeting With John Cleese

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© Brad Trent

Brad Trent, proud owner of Damn Ugly Photography, has since the age of 25 worked with some of the largest newspapers and companies in the world. He has also had the good fortune to shoot some famous faces over the years. Latest in line: Mr. John Cleese for The Wallstreet Journal

In a recently published article on his blog, Brad shares the story of how he met the comedy icon at a midtown hotel in New York to shoot some portraits in a room no larger than your average walk-in closet.

Brad wanted a close-up portrait that would capture Mr Cleese’s wide range of expressions. He added a Softlight Reflector White, a large softbox for fill and a small strip light on the background for separation. The setup was apparently quick and easy, and Mr Python was soon free to show off his many face expressions.

“I began calling out various characters of his and sketches he was known for, and he immediately knew where to take it,” Brad writes.

Head over to Brad’s blog Damn Ugly Photography  for the full story (and the full range of facial expressions).

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