On To Light Shaping: Daytripping Through the Meatpacking District with the Marings

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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 husband & wife team Charles and Jennifer Maring for a shoot in the spectacular Meatpacking District. When you are done watching, click here to see the rest of the series.

Husband and wife team Charles & Jennifer Maring are portrait & wedding photographers based in the NY/Connecticut metropolitan area. Though comfortable shooting in the studio they much prefer shooting on location, and the quirkier the locale the better.

For this group of informal portraits the duo headed out to New York City’s spectacular Meatpacking District, a place they love for its colorful backgrounds, not to mention free ‘props’ wherever you turn your eye.

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On To Light Shaping: Michelle Turner’s Lighting Solution Fits Into a Single Carry-On Bag

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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 Michelle Turner for a shoot at a majestic concert venue in Luxembourg. When you are done watching, click here to see the rest of the series.

Michelle Turner is a photographer on the move, splitting her time between Maine, Pennsylvania and wherever else her assignments take her to. Michelle admits she was unsure how she would like her new B2 Off-Camera Flash, because she really loves her trusted B1 Off-Camera Flash. Uncertainly changed to excitement, though, as soon as she realized how light and compact the new flash was.

“For traveling photographers such as myself, the Off-Camera Flash system is a real game changer,” says Michelle. “For the first time I am able to pack an entire lighting solution, including stands, into a single carry-on bag. I can now take my lights places I never would have considered before.”

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Alexia Sinclair Goes Into the Dark Woods and Lights up the Creatures of the Night

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In the second part of Into The Gloaming, Alexia Sinclair leaves the comfort of her studio in search of a one hundred year old weeping beech tree. With her is a porcelain skinned heroine, a dress made of moths and a bag full of toadstools. The dedication and attention to detail is beyond belief. Here is the full story in Alexia’s own words.

As much as I love set construction and working in the studio (it never rains), some things just can’t be recreated on set, namely a gorgeous one hundred year old weeping beech tree.

With only a week until the tree would lose all it’s leaves (winter is coming, at least in Australia) we had to act fast to manifest this gateway between the real and the surreal.
Shooting on location is all about planning for that 5 minute window where the ambient intersects with the artificial and creates something otherworldly. With that in mind the only question that matters is: When exactly will the Sun be in that 5 minute window? And then how do I make sure that everything is ready for that moment.

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Joe McNally Explains High-Speed Sync

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Joe McNally is not your average Joe. With a career spanning over 30 years and including assignments in more than 50 countries, Joe McNally has shot everything everywhere in every thinkable sort of way. In addition to being an exceptionally experienced photographer, Joe is also known for his remarkable ability to share that knowledge. In this video he explains Profoto High-Speed Sync (HSS) and how to use it to improve your photography. Here is how it works, in Joe’s own words.

If you watch the video, you’ll see that we’re now giving up the relative control and security of the studio and heading out into the world. What we’re about out here in this bright sunlight is high-speed synchronization.

High-Speed Sync is right there with TTL in the realm of new developments for bigger flash units. I’m going to be looking at the sun and trying to kind of fight back against it, because the equation right now is against me. Even at a low ISO, it’s bright out here.

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Joe McNally Explains Lighting Ratios

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Joe McNally is not your average Joe. With a career spanning over 30 years and including assignments in more than 50 countries, Joe McNally has shot everything everywhere in every thinkable sort of way. In addition to being an exceptionally experienced photographer, Joe is also known for his remarkable ability to share that knowledge. In this video he explains what lighting ratios are and how to use them to improve your photography. Here is how it works, in Joe’s own words.

So the cool thing about being a photographer is that you can take a piece of your imagination and make it real by taking a picture of it.

But what stands between you and the realization about imagination? All this technology with all these numbers attached to it, right? F-stops, shutter speeds … and lighting ratios, which is what we’re going to talk about now.

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