Lucas Jackson’s Olympic Portraits

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Portrait Photography, Videos

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New York based photographer Lucas Jackson was recently hired to photograph a number of American Olympic Athletes during a media summit. The assignment meant that Lucas had to shoot a lot of portraits in very limited amount of time, so he decided to keep it simple – a grey background or an American flag as backdrop, depending on the Athlete in question.

To save time, Lucas also decided to use Profoto’s Air system. He writes:

“I wanted to use Profoto lights as they have a remote controller and trigger called the “Air Remote” that I could put on my camera to control the light’s power output from the controller mounted on top of the camera. This would save me precious time as I wouldn’t have to physically go to each of the four lights to change their outputs depending on whether I was shooting on the grey seamless backdrop or the flag.”

The entire story was published yesterday at the Photographers Blog at Reuters. Check it out.

VIDEO: Jeremy Cowart & Imogen Heap

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Videos

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Every few months, Profoto has the pleasure of interviewing an accomplished and highly regarded photographer to bring you their passion and knowledge of light shaping. This collection of interviews makes up The Master Series. And the latest entry in this series feature none other than Jeremy Cowart.

Jeremy Cowart is known for many things. He has shot familiar names such as Taylor Swift, The Kardashians, Sting, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Heidi Klum, Gwyneth Paltrow and Emma Stone, just to name a few. He is a sought-after lecturer and tutor of light shaping. Jeremy also founded Help-Portrait, a worldwide movement of photographers using their time, equipment, and expertise to give back to those less fortunate. He is also known for his humanitarian projects, such as Voices of Haiti and Voices of Reconciliation.

In this first video, Jeremy takes us behind the scenes of his artistic portrait of singer/songwriter Imogen Heap. More videos featuring Jeremy Cowart will be published continuously here on our blog. They can also be found at our website as of today.

Also, if you have not read yet our interview with Jeremy, it is still available here.

Stay tuned for more!

Light Shaping Tool of the Month: Softbox 5′ Octa

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Portrait Photography

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Each month we highlight a certain item in Profoto’s assortment of Light Shaping Tools. Previously, we have focused on the Umbrella XL, the HR Lantern, the Softlight Reflector, the Softbox 3×4’ RF, the ProRing 2, the Zoom Reflector and the Giant Silver. This time we will take a closer look at the Softbox 5’ Octa.

The articles in this series usually feature one or perhaps a couple of images, shot with the tool in question. This time, however, we have 200 images to show. And it is all thanks to Edouard Janssens.

Edouard is a portrait and fine art photographer based in Brussels, Belgium. He has been in the business for many years, and consequently he has many portraits hanging in his studio. One day, when Edouard was walking around the studio, he looked at the portraits of 5-year-olds, 35-year-olds and 72-year-olds and realized that it would be nice to have a portrait of a woman and a portrait of a man at each age from 1 to 100. Hence, the 1 to 100 Years project was born.

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The Month in Review: June

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Month in Review: June

Today is the last weekday of the month. Hence, we will dedicate today’s post to revisiting this month’s most popular stories.

As usual, we started with a Light Shaping Tool of the Month piece. This time we talked to Swedish photographer Jessica Lund who specializes in portraits of artists and musicians. Jessica’s tool of choice is the Giant Silver, so if you are curious about that, you should definitely read what she has to say. We also introduced our free webinar on studio lighting around the same time. The webinar was recorded and is still available here in case you missed it.

The talented, Emmy-winning gang at Stillmotion was featured on our blog in May with an instructive video on how to use studio lighting to create different moods on the video set. They returned in June with a new video in which they thoroughly explained how to make a filmed interview look like a classy, feature-length documentary.

Other highlights include our interview with Dutch photographer René Kramers, who stressed the importance of planning your shoot; our piece on Spanish documentary photographer Ramón Vaamonde, who brought strobes to the Sahara, and Angelo Antelmi’s portraits of Italian antique dealers. Also, we published a interview Tim Wallace, who gave a detailed description of how to light a muscle car.

Last but not least, we unravelled the first batch of images that you, our blog readers, had submitted to our request for images to show in our booth at this year’s Photokina trade fair. We honestly cannot think of a better way to round off the month than that!

On Monday, we will return with yet another Light Shaping Tool of the Month piece. This will include 200 portraits. (No, we are not joking.) See you then!

Fstoppers Reviews the Profoto D1 Air Monolight

Written by Ron Egatz on . Posted in Review

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Lee Morris of Fstoppers recently posted a video review of the Profoto D1 Air Monolight. He applauds the monolight’s newest feature, the Air Remote, saying, “This was huge for me because I shoot a lot of weddings. A lot of times I’ll have a light all the way up in the balcony firing up at the ceiling, and I want to be able to change this without walking over to the light myself or yelling at an assistant to change the light up or down.”

Another positive point for Morris was the D1’s simplicity. It’s intuitive features make it easy to use right out of the box and because it’s a monolight, Morris says, “The size factor is fantastic. I can throw it in a bag and the only thing I have to worry about is a power cord. That makes things really really simple and easy to travel with.”

He goes on to say the D1 is “the best monoblock I have personally ever used” and that it’s “the best I’ve found currently on the market.”

Thanks, Lee! See more reviews on Fstoppers and check out some of Lee’s photography here.