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

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Portrait Photography

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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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Brad Trent’s Completely Different Meeting With John Cleese

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Portrait Photography

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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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Mark Seliger on His Iconic Portrait of Lenny Kravitz

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. 

Today, we release the first two videos. You will find both of them 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 very first video, we get to join Seliger behind-the-scenes on set with his friend and longterm collaborator Lenny Kravitz.

“We share this real interest in photography and music, a very equal exchange,” says Seliger. “There’s that saying: you’re only as good as your last photograph. You never settle for things just being mediocre and satisfactory, but always pushing to get to the next place and that’s rather similar to the way musicians think too and Lenny is very much about recreating himself.”

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Truthfully Now, How Much Difference Is There Between A White, Silver And Translucent Umbrella Deep?

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Portrait Photography

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How much difference does it really make if you shoot with a silver Umbrella Deep, a white Umbrella Deep or a translucent Umbrella Deep? To find the answer, we asked photographer Klara G to do a little test for us. Here are the results. 

The umbrella is to photographers what the Technics SL-1200 is to DJs. In other words, the umbrella is, by far, the most common and most widely used Light Shaping Tool out there. It is so for a good reason. The umbrella is affordable, very easy to use, and extremely easy to fold and bring with you to an on-location shoot.

But that does not mean you cannot be creative and do a lot of different things with them. For instance, how you position and direct your umbrella has a huge effect on the light character. What size and shape of umbrella you use is also a determining factor.

Then there is the fact that most brands of umbrellas are available in different fabrics. All four sizes (small, medium, large and XL) of Profoto Umbrellas are available in white, silver and translucent versions. In addition, the white and silver versions can be equipped with diffusers, while there is a Backpanel for the translucent one. Adding any of these accessories will also change the light character.

But truthfully now, how much difference is there really between a white, silver and translucent umbrella. And how much difference do the accessory really make?

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