Andrea “The Light Shaper” Belluso Creates the Hardest Light Possible

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Andrea Belluso is an experienced photographer with more than three decades in the business. Every now and then, Andrea takes us behind the scenes of a recent shoot to share some of the knowledge he has gained over the years. This time we get to join him on a sunny beach in Dubai, using a selection of Hard Reflectors to create a super hard light.

Shooting cars has never been my thing. I shoot a lot of fashion, beauty and lifestyle, sometimes portraits and editorials too. But cars? No.

So when Gulf Photo Plus contacted me and told me that Cadillac Arabia wanted me to do a commercial job for them, I hesitated. Sure, they wanted fashion and lifestyle like pictures. But there obviously needed to be a large, shiny car in the image too. This was definitely a job way outside my comfort zone.

But then I started thinking. I’ve been a photographer for more than three decades now. I understand light. I know how to light. All I had to do was to apply that knowledge to a slightly different situation. I would be like a little lighting adventure! Plus, leaving your comfort zone is good, right? If I wanted to take the safe route, I would’ve listened to my mother’s advice and chosen a different career path all those years ago…

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On to Light Shaping: How Vanessa Joy Saved Her Newlyweds from Freezing

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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 photographer Vanessa Joy for a cold wedding portrait session in Allentown NJ. When you are done watching, click here to see the rest of the series.

Shooting outdoor portraits during the winter months in New Jersey can be dicey and once the temperatures start going south, working quickly and efficiently is a number one priority. Wedding photographer Vanessa Joy is based in Freehold New Jersey and she knows the drill quite well.

This wedding portrait was taken on a rather chilly late fall evening at the Ashford Estate in Allentown NJ. Fortunately the surrounding landscape was conveniently lit with gelled lights by the catering facility, allowing her assistants to concentrate on lighting the newlyweds.

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On To Light Shaping: Lighting From a New Angle with Chan Kit

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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 photographer Chan Kit for a shoot over the characteristic skyline in Tsim Sha Tsui Harbor, Hong Kong. When you are done watching, click here to see the rest of the series.

Despite being only 24 years old and mostly self-taught, Chan Kit has made quite a name for himself in the wedding and fashion communities in his hometown Hong-Kong. Operating under the brand CTKKIT Photography, Kit has a well-earned reputation for capturing candid moments in a beautiful light.

“The greatest thing about being a wedding photographer is that you get to capture some of the most valuable moments in peoples’ lives,” says Kit. “It’s both an honor and a challenge. There are no second chances.”

Kit uses available light when possible and adds flashes when necessary. In terms of Light Shaping Tools, he prefers tools that create a hard light with lots of contrast and distinct shadows.

“My favorites are the standard Zoom Reflector and the Umbrella Deep Silver M,” says Kit. “Both create a beautiful hard light, and both are compact and easy to bring with you to an on-location shoot.”

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On to Light Shaping: At the Speed Of Light with Simeon Quarrie

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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 photographer Simeon Quarrie for a fun and fast pre-wedding photo shoot. When you are done watching, click here to see the rest of the series.

Wedding and commercial photographer Simeon Quarrie is based in London, UK, but has the whole world as office. Simeon, who lives a life of travel, values gear that is lightweight and fits into a suitcase. “The lighter you can travel, the better it is”, he says.

This particular shoot required Simeon and his small crew of three to fly to Cancun, Mexico. He brought his shining new Profoto Off-Camera Flash system with him. “It’s wicked to be able to fit camera, lenses, a B2 battery pack, two B2 Heads and modifiers in a single bag,” says Simeon. “I remember Kornel, my assistant, looking at the B2 and saying: ‘Well, guess I’m out of a job then!’”

In Cancun, Simeon and his team met up with the young couple for what is known as the pre-wedding session. This is basically a more relaxed and casual version of the main wedding shoot. In addition to often resulting in heart-warming, fun images, Simeon claims that the pre-wedding shoot is also a great way to get to know the couple better and help them relax in front of the camera.

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On To Light Shaping: How Tom Munoz Created His Exotic Portrait

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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 photographer Tom Munoz as he captures exotic bridal portraits in Coconut Grove Florida. When you are done watching, click here to see the rest of the series.

One of the benefits of living and working in south Florida is the availability of a number of colorful locales in which you can take amazing portraits. Fort Lauderdale-based Tom Munoz captured this striking bridal portrait in one of these locales, Vizcaya Gardens, located in Coconut Grove Florida.

Though the sun was shining, the ambient light falling upon the area surrounding the secluded stone sitting area Munoz planned on using for a bridal portrait was in deep shadow. To remedy the problem of the existing flat and less-than-flattering ambient light, Munoz had his assistants set up two lights.

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