Portrait Photographer Stephanie Diani Puts Celebrities in a Different Light

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Stephanie Diani draws inspiration from some of the greatest, most renowned portrait photographers the world has ever known. But rather than recreating their work, she channels the inspiration to create something that is uniquely hers. Here is how she does it.

Meet Stephanie Diani, a portrait photographer born and bred in LA, recently relocated from the sunny west coast to what is possibly the world’s busiest marketplace for photographers: New York City.

Like many other photographers in her generation, Stephanie is mostly self-taught. She looked at classic portraits by auteurs such as of Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Helmut Newton, Alex Webb and Henri Cartier-Bresson. She tried to figure out how they did it, and then she tried to do it herself. Finally, she applied that knowledge to create something uniquely her own.

“Arresting,” says Stephanie. “If I could use only one word to describe what it is I try to achieve, that would be the word – arresting.”

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Neil van Niekerk Puts Profoto High-Speed Sync to the Test

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Portrait Photography

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Photographer Neil van Niekerk wanted to shoot with super-shallow depth-of-field. But he also wanted to shoot with flash. So he decided to update his trusted B1 Off-Camera Flash with the new High-Speed Sync upgrade and take it for a spin. Here are the results. 

High-Speed Sync (HSS) is the technical term for syncing flash with shutter speeds shorter than the so-called x-sync, typically 1/250 of a second. With the free Profoto HSS upgrade installed in your B1 Off-Camera Flash, you can shoot at shutter speeds of up to 1/8000 of a second. Which is crazy fast, we might add.

Having the option to shoot this fast even with a flash as powerful as the B1 gives you unparalleled control of the ambient light. For example, you may shoot with a large aperture in super bright conditions and get a shallow depth and a deep blue sky. Which is exactly what photographer Neil van Niekerk did.

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Joe McNally’s Meeting With Mermaids

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Portrait Photography

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© Joe McNally

Joe McNally has a Bucket List. You know, that list where’s you cross of things you want to achieve in your life. And Joe sure has some different topics written on it. Shooting mermaids for instance. 

Just outside of Tampa, Florida lies Weeki Wachee Springs, also known as the City of Live Mermaids, a family oriented park with mermaids who swim in a pool of water. Thanks to the help of Scott Kelby and his team, whos office is very close to it, Joe McNally was able to do a photoshoot there.

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

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Portrait Photography

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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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