For obvious reasons, the article focuses less on lighting and more on the artistic aspect of Andrew’s work. Still, it is a nice article, and if you really do feel like seeing more of Andrew’s images, PxlEyes did a fine job selecting images that shows the broad range of his work.
Grayson Schaffer of Outside Magazine has a job that lets him hang out on Mount Everest. Not too shabby. A dream job for most photographers, but Outside wouldn’t send an assistant with Schaffer. He’s had to make do with sherpas to help him with his gear, but apparently, Schaffer’s images are none the worse for wear.
Creating beautifully-lit images at this height is just short of astounding. Three problems off the top of my head which Schaffer has to deal with are wind, cold, and… oh, say, thin atmosphere. Despite this, he’s turned the world’s highest mountain into a portrait studio. Outdoors. Is this guy a hero of photography, or what?
Schaffer writes the following on the Outside Web site:
The key piece of gear that makes it all possible is the new Pro-B3 1200w/s AirS battery pack. It’s the lithium-powered update to the older [Pro-]7b power pack, and it delivers consistent flashes even in subzero temperatures at 17,500 feet. We’ve got two of these with a set of spare battery inserts but have yet to run down in a day’s shooting. To charge these beasts, we’ve been using a basic GoalZero solar setup, which, thanks to the Pro-B3’s built-in trickle-charging capability, can top off a charge in a sunny afternoon.
All this effort is getting noticed. The Verge and other sources have covered it. We hope all these images will be collected somewhere when Schaffer returns. A heroic effort to obtain some outstanding images. Thanks for your hard work, Grayson.
Miller Mobley is a young and up-and-coming photographer based in New York. He was featured on our blog last October with a series of characteristically lit portraits. Now, Miller has returned with a new project that sparked the interest of lighting guru David Hobby AKA The Strobist.
The project in question focuses on the so-called Civil War re-enacters – people who dress up in Civil War outfits. But accordingly to Miller, it is about more than just clothes, it is about entering the life of another person in another time and place. And this transition is what he wanted to capture in his portraits.
“I knew from the beginning that I was going to need to light these in a way that could really bring out the colors and textures in the clothes, but still have great shadow fall off and drama. I wanted there to be a strong definite key light, but I also really wanted to be able to read into the shadows. I decided to use the Profoto white beauty dish as a key light with my fill being a Profoto ring flash (fired by an Acute2 1200 generator) directly attached to the tripod. I then had a medium Photoflex soft box above and behind the subject that served as a shoulder/hat light. My last light was just a Profoto head with a reflector attached positioned right behind the subject – which obviously served as the background light.”
The entire interview and more of Miller’s outstanding portraits can be found here.
Andrew McGibbon is not the first South African photographer that we have talked to. He is, however, the first that we have interviewed who does not live in Cape Town but in Durban, a smaller city that Andrew himself describes as a “laidback surf town.”
“Not too much goes on here,” says Andrew. “From a business point-of-view, it would probably be a lot smarter to move to Cape Town. But I have already built up my customer base here so moving to Cape Town would almost be like starting over. Plus, there does seem to be a creative energy building here in Durban with a lot of great artists doing big things so sticking around may not be a bad thing.”
What kind of assignments do you get today?
“I’ve focused on commercial photography for a couple of years now. At first, it was hard to convince the ad agencies to try out a new photographer like me. But eventually I broke through, and I do get some nice, big ad campaigns now. However, lately I’ve also felt the need to explore fine art photography. This is what prompted my horse project.”
Yes, I wanted to ask about that. How is that coming along?
“Great! I started shooting in January, had my first exhibition in March, and it’s already gone completely viral on the Internet. Last week I had 31,000 unique visitors on my website. By way of comparison, I think I had about a total of 600 for the whole two years before that!” Read More
The new timeline layout on Facebook is pretty neat. For one thing, it allows us to show you the history of Profoto, how the generators that photographers used in the Seventies looked, how this or that Light Shaping Tool evolved into the ones you are using today, etcetera etcetera. There is one problem, however. (And this is a little embarrassing.) We don’t have any images of older Profoto gear…
We need your help if we are going to solve this. We got images of all products all the way back to the release of the Profoto D4 in 2002. But earlier than that – nothing. We know that many of you are still using a lot older generators and tools than that. Can you please send us an image of whatever product you have? You will have our eternal gratitude. We will also post your image on our Facebook timeline with your name next to it. If you have a website, we are happy to include that too.
Send your image to images[a]profoto.com if you think it sounds like fun. (Note that the image has to be at least 851 pixels wide if we are to use it.)