F-stoppers interviews a-list photographer Brian Smith

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Portrait Photography

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F-stoppers’ Mike Kelly has interviewed Pulitzer Prize winning celebrity photographer Brian Smith. As Mike puts it: Brian’s list of subjects he’s worked with reads like a rundown of Hollywood’s biggest A-list celebrities. Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Clooney, Zooey Deschanel, Ben Stiller and Samuel L Jackson are just some of the names he has worked with.

In the interview, Mark tells the story of how his love for photography came to be, what cameras he uses and what lighting he prefers. (Yup, he uses Profoto flash packs.)

If you have not had the pleasure of taking part of Mark’s work, now is as good time as any!

British Journal of Photography Reviews the Profoto Giant Reflector 180

Written by Ron Egatz on . Posted in Review

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BJoP 212x400 British Journal of Photography Reviews the Profoto Giant Reflector 180Editor Simon Bainbridge at The British Journal of Photography has published a review of his experience with the Profoto Giant Reflector 180 by writer Michael Roscoe

In this thoughtful, detailed review, Roscoe goes into detail not just on the reflector itself, but on light shapers—what kind of photographer uses them and why. Wouldn’t it be great if all gear reviewers put in time like this?

It’s clear Roscoe not only put the Profoto Giant Reflector 180 through it’s paces, but he actually got creative with it. He describes his work with a model, the other gear he used (D4 1200 generator with a Pro Head, and an Avenger Super Wind Up 29), and details the many types of light he was able to achieve.

The time he took to experiment with the Giant Reflector 180 compelled him to write, among other things:


It’s simple enough to get a classic wraparound lighting effect in no time, however, after spending a little more time with it, the possibilities become more and more varied. It is good for lighting large building interiors or automobiles as much as fashion shoots.

Glad you enjoyed this big light shaper, Michael! Definitely worth reading the complete review, and you can see his own photography at his site. Cheers!

VIDEO: Frasershot Shoots Star Chef Dishes

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Videos

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Behind-the-scenes videos from product shots is unfortunately something we do not see very often. Especially not the kind that were shot in a bustling kitchen…

Luckily for us, Craig Fraser from Northamptonshire-based Frasershot was kind enough to share such a video with us. The video was shot in Michelin star chef Chris Eden’s hotel restaurant, and shows how Craig and his colleagues use a Hasselblad with a 120mm lens and a set of Profoto lights and softboxes to immortalize Chris’ spectacular, custom designed dishes.

Watch on your own risk. You will get hungry.

Mickael Tannus: Outside the Box

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Wedding Photography

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If a photographer’s task was limited to saying “smile” and pushing a button, being a wedding photographer would be the easiest job in the world. But as we all know, this is not the case. On the contrary, creating memorable wedding images can be difficult, since many weddings appear similar on the surface, and the photographer has to dig deeper to reveal the unique personalities behind the white dresses and rented tailcoats.

Swedish wedding photographer Mickael Tannus knows this as well as anyone.

“I don’t have a problem with stepping outside the box,” says Mickael. “I love to take two or three or perhaps ten step away from it. Not in every picture, obviously. Then it just gets silly. But on some, for sure.” Read More

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Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in News

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We have a reoccurring series of articles called Light Shaping Tool of the Month, in which we on a monthly basis highlight an item in Profoto’s rich assortment of Light Shaping Tools. There are two reasons for this: 1) To demonstrate what the tool can do. 2) Explain how to do it.

To achieve this, we interview a photographer who appreciates working with a certain tool. We show the images he or she has created with the tool in question, we ask them how they did it, and we let them share their general thoughts and ideas on the matter.

So far we have interviewed Alex Giacomini about the Umbrella XL and Knut Koivisto about the HR Lantern.

Would you like to be the next?

If so, send us an email including:

  1. An image created with the help of a Profoto Light Shaping Tool.
  2. A lighting diagram for this image.
  3. A short text that explains why you choose to work with the tool in question.
  4. If you have: behind-the-scenes images from the shoot. (Not required.)

Send your email to images[a]profoto.com.

Mark it with: “Light Shaping Tool of the Month”.

If you have any questions regarding this, use the comment field or tweet us.

Good luck!