What’s the Difference Between On and Off-Camera Flash?

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What’s the Difference? is a series of video lighting tutorials. Each episode responds to a single question. In this episode, Jared Platt compares shooting on and off camera. The entire series, including all videos, articles and lighting diagrams, is available at our website. And feel free to leave a question in the comment section if you have one!

We found a perfect little spot in the Japanese Friendship Gardens in Phoenix, Arizona, to take a portrait of our little ring bearer peeking in on the rings. The bearfoot ring bearer was perfect for this lush setting.

It was a beautiful afternoon and the shade of the gardens was a perfect spot for making images. Behind the subject, I had plenty of direct sunlight dappling through the trees, but the soft, open shade around him made taking a portrait comfortable and uncomplicated.

Our goal with the shot was to compare an on-camera flash to an off-camera flash. In both cases, we used only one light (aside from the sun).

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On To Light Shaping: Moshe Zusman’s Spinning Wheel of Light

Written by Harley Anderson on . Posted in Videos

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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 Moshe Zusman as he captures stunning portraits in the post-sunset glow. When you are done watching, click here to see the rest of the series.

Moshe Zusman, a wedding, portrait, and event photographer based in Washington DC, is known for his ability to connect with the people he is photographing. “At weddings you’re shooting real people, not models,” he says. “So I’d rather spend my time interacting with the people I’m photographing in order to capture the best pictures. When my lights work as advertised it makes my job that much easier. If I have to keep a constant eye on my exposures it makes the people I’m photographing start feeling insecure… and it shows”.

This portrait, captured at the National Harbor in Prince George’s County, Maryland, was taken under circumstances made for the likes of the newest addition to Moshe Zusman’s lighting arsenal: the Profoto B2 Off-Camera Flash.

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Illuminating the Face on Location With Peter Hurley

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In november 2014, Profoto teamed up with renowned photography site Fstoppers and top photographer Peter Hurley to create the definitive video tutorial on how to light a portrait on location.

During these 40 minutes Hurley will guide you through different lighting scenarios and different challenges a portrait photographer might face on location. He uses Profoto B1 Off-Camera Flashes and a selection of Profoto Light Shaping Tools to light men and women of different ages.

Not to brag or anything. But you’d be hard pressed to find a video lighting tutorial covering more than this in 40 minutes.

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On to Light Shaping: Breaking Out of Prison with Mike Allebach

Written by Harley Anderson on . Posted in Videos

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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 Mike Allebach for a shoot at the former prison, Eastern State Penitentiary. When you are done watching, click here to see the rest of the series.

One of the secrets of building a successful business is finding a niche that sets you apart from the crowd. In the case of Philadelphia-based Mike Allebach, aka ‘the tattooed bride photographer’, his specialty is, as you might have guessed, photographing tattooed wedding parties.

One of Mike’s favorite shooting venues is the Eastern State Penitentiary. Unlike your typical crystal chandeliered catering facility, Eastern State is a former prison on the northeast edge of Center City that dates back to 1829. In Mike’s words, “I love shooting there. The place defines my brand, not to mention my clients brand”. To date he’s shot two weddings and over a dozen engagement parties there.

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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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