On To Light Shaping: Justin & Mary Lights Wintry Walkways the Quick & Easy Way

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On to Light Shaping is a new video series in which get to see 18 renowned portrait and wedding photographer create magic with Profoto Off-Camera Flash. In this video we join wedding photographers Justin & Mary Marantz as they capture a lovely winter portrait. When you are done watching, click here to see the rest of the series.

Aside from being within reasonable driving distance to and from Manhattan, New Haven Connecticut is also home of Yale and its uniquely picturesque campus, which according to husband & wife team Mary & Justin Marantz, looks especially enchanting when it snows. They should know – they’ve been shooting wedding portraits there since they first opened their doors in 2006. In fact, they met on the Yale campus when Mary was working on her law degree.

This portrait was captured on the Yale campus on a cold, overcast day. As Mary tells it, they were hoping and praying for snow when planning this shoot. The forecast wasn’t promising. It was cold however, which meant they had to work fast. The ambient light was a lifeless flat gray so they broke out their new Off-Camera Flash system. Not much larger or heavier than TTL speedlights, the B2 Heads are designed for easy set-up, run-and-gun location shoots like these.

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Watch 18 Portrait and Wedding Photographers Create Magic with Profoto Off-Camera Flash

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Question: What does Ben & Erin Chrisman, Chan Kit, Charles & Jennifer Maring, Dixie Dixon, Jaleel King, Jared Platt, JP Elario, Justin & Mary, Laurent Hini, Michelle Turner, Mike Allebach, Moshe Zusman, Ryan Brenizer, Sal Cincotta, Simeon Quarrie, Tamara Lackey, Tom Muñoz and Vanessa Joy have in common?

Answer: They have all tried the new Profoto Off-Camera Flash system. And they all shot a video while doing so.

All 18 videos are now available at our new website.

Click here to watch them all.

 

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Kelly Pratt Uses Profoto B1 to Create Hard Shadows

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Kelly Pratt, a husband and wife photographic team, had a vision: A vision of a ballet dancer, straight lines and shadows falling across her body. This vision required a large studio space and great lighting techniques. Luckily they had both. 

The team wanted to capture an elegant and modern look and to show off the dancer Vanessa’s grace and strength. With everything they had in mind, they realized that it wouldn’t be easy. First off, to create the lines falling across the wall, they needed to make an 8 foot cookie (a device to cast shadows patterns or silhouettes). They set up their trusted Profoto B1 Off-Camera Flash, and by simply moving it around they were able to change the direction and stretch of the shadows.

To be able to create hard and dramatic shadows they needed to place the flash far away and visualize how the shadows would fall on the dancer. “The modeling light on the B1 was especially helpful for this setup”, writes Kelly.

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Muse Muse Travels Light Through Europe With the B1 Off-Camera Flash

Written by Sasha Hallin on . Posted in Off-camera Flash, Videos

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Wedding photographer Muse Muse travels from Hong Kong to the Swiss Alps to the carnivals in Venice and further on to Paris with a B1 Off-Camera Flash and a Magnum Reflector as his most trusted traveling companions. Join him on his trip in this beautiful, sun kissed video.

A lot of people have welcomed the concept of traveling light. Using Profoto, you could say that Muse Muse is one of them.

Equipment-wise, the Hong-Kong based wedding photographer brought nothing but his Canon camera, an Air Remote TTL-C and a B1 Off-Camera Flash with a Magnum Reflector with him on his trip through Europe. This lightweight lighting solution allowed him to travel with ease all the way from his hometown to the bright sun at 2,300 m above sea level in Switzerland, with a pit stop on a volcano cliff sunset in Santorini, further on to shooting mysterious masquerades in the shadowed alleys of Venice without any hassle, eventually ending up shooting young couples in the city of love – Paris.

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Jeffery Salter Shoots Dancers At Bahia Honda Rail Bridge

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Jeffery Salter is as passionate about his personal projects as he is about his commercial jobs. For this project, for example, he brought two dancers to Bahia Honda Rail Bridge to explore the relationship between people and beautiful architecture.

Jeffery Salter describes his photographic style as “cinematic with a touch of whimsy.” He draws inspiration from surreal artists, mostly painters, and from the cinema. “I keep my eyes open even when I don’t have a camera with me,” he says.

Jeffery, who has travelled the 127 mile long road in the Florida Keys many times, is fascinated by the Key Bridges – a series of bridges which connect the forty-three islands. He had since long wanted to do a personal project about them. Now was the time.

“Its combination of structural strength and graphic lines create a surreal sense of beauty,” replies Jeffery, when asked what is so special about the old Bahia Honda Rail bridge. “It’s magnificent in sheer functionally. You know, it has withstood extreme weather conditions, even hurricanes,” he explains.

The idea behind the project was to put the bridge’s long lasting grandeur and strong graphic lines in contrast with the fleeting moment of grace and soft curves of a dancer. “I wanted to marry the lines in the bridges to the lines of the human form,” he says.

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