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On To Light Shaping: Ben & Erin Chrisman’s Night Portraiture in Old San Juan City

Written by Harley Anderson on . Posted in Wedding Photography

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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 and wife wedding photography team Ben & Erin Chrisman for a shoot in Puerto Rico. When you are done watching, click here to see the rest of the series.

Ben & Erin Chrisman, a husband & wife wedding and portrait photography team, decided to test-drive their new Off-Camera Flash system on a trip to Old San Juan City in Puerto Rico.

After a bit of scouting around they ‘borrowed’ a couple of friends and headed off into the night. What they wanted go do was find a suitable location and try to pull together an interesting shot using found ‘props’, which in this case turned out to be Christmas lights that were strung across the front of a home.

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Coming up: Charleton Churchill Shooting a Wedding on Mount Everest Using Profoto B2

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Wedding Photography

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© Charleton Churchill

© Charleton Churchill

Charleton Churchill is an explorer, adventure and a destination wedding photographer. In 2015 he will be photographing one of the most unique weddings on earth on a very special place to get married at: Mt. Everest, just above Basecamp. Here are his own words about him and the Mount Everest project.

I have been traveling in the mountains ever since my dad dragged me through miles of terrain high and low whilst thou a young boy. I have been photographing the outdoors as a hobbyist since 2005, and shooting weddings since 2008. I photograph between 30-40 weddings on any given year, but I am focusing my attention this year on destinations with outdoorsy couples who want an extraordinary, scenic, natural, and even remote wedding. Most everyone loves nature and landscapes, but when you add a human element to the scene and the humans are in love, it’s like the perfect combination. I trained and planned to climb Mt. Everest in 2011, training on North America’s highest peak, Denali at 20,320 ft. with a summit in 2007, and leading a team up the following year. My Everest Expedition was delayed due to a fall on Mt. Hood in 2009, which broke my tailbone.

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On To Light Shaping: Sal Cincotta At the Great Wall with Some Great Lights

Written by Harley Anderson on . Posted in Wedding Photography

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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 photographer Sal Cincotta at The Great Wall of China. When you are done watching, click here to see the rest of the series.

Sal Cincotta knows a great location when he sees one. The first time he visited the Great Wall in China he knew he would one day return, this time with cameras and a plan. Born in Brooklyn, Cincotta worked as a wonk at Microsoft before finding his true calling as a photographer. About 10 years ago he upped and left the East Coast. Today he’s a wedding and portrait photographer based in the St Louis Metro area, though his assignments often take him far from the comforts of his Illinois studio. Like China for instance.

Far from a romantic journey, Sal describes the trip to the Great Wall as a “boat, plane, train, Trolley, cab, and lots of walking sort of deal. It isn’t near anything. It’s extremely remote. You have to pack light, you need to understand you’re not going to be carrying more than about 50lb of gear with you. And, there’s no car to run back to when you forget something.”

One thing he’s learned over the years is that he doesn’t need big lights – he needs power. “The B2 Heads are about the same weight and mass as my speedlites, but they output 4 to 5-times the light,” he says. “Speedlites put out maybe 50 or 60ws of light. The B2 Heads output 250ws!”

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Walk Through a Wedding, Part 17: The Hora

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Wedding Photography

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Walk Through a Wedding is a yearlong video series on wedding photography, in which we follow Justin & Mary Marantz as they set out to capture a young couple’s most special day.

The series consists of 20 videos. Each video reveals the story and the lighting setup behind a certain image. In the seventeenth episode, Justin & Mary talk about how they photograph the Hora.

“I really love that first moment when the bride sits down, and all the sudden the four groomsmen grab that chair, and that first second, as she is lifting of the ground.”, says Justin.

For this shoot, Justin & Mary were both shooting at the same time. They set up two B1 Off-Camera Flashes in each corner and were able to cover different angles. “If you think about it, there are actually two sets of 90 degrees, and two sets of 120 degrees at any time”, says Mary.

One of the B1 Off-Camera Flashes was equipped with an Umbrella Shallow White M and the second B1 was equipped with a 1,3×2 RFi Softbox attached to a speedring. Last but not least, they used the Air Remote TTL-C for wirelessly controll.

For more details of the shoot, make sure to watch the video.

Previous episodes of Walk Through a Wedding can be found here. The next video will be released on November 17.

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Walk Through a Wedding, Part 16: The Cake Cutting

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Wedding Photography

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Walk Through a Wedding is a yearlong video series on wedding photography, in which we follow Justin & Mary Marantz as they set out to capture a young couple’s most special day.

The series consists of 20 videos. Each video reveals the story and the lighting setup behind a certain image. In the sixteenth episode, Justin & Mary talk about how they capture the cutting of the wedding cake.

At this point in the reception we try to remain unobtrusive so we keep our lighting off to the side”, says Justin. “Things tend to happen really quickly during the cake cutting, so it’s always great to have a second angle.”

So, what setup did they use to light the cake cutting moment? The answer is: two B1 Off-Camera Flashes, wirelessly controlled with the Air Remote TTL-C. The off-camera flash to the right was equipped with an Umbrella Deep Translucent L while the one to the left had a Zoom Reflector on it.

When everything was in place, Justin got in front of the couple and took the traditional shot, while Mary went of to the side to get an alternative shot from a 120° angle.

Click play to dive a bit more into the details.

Previous episodes of Walk Through a Wedding can be found here. The next video will be released on November 3.

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