Join Car Photographer Frederic Schlosser on His Epic Road Trip Through Europe

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Commercial Photography

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German car photographer Frederic Schlosser is about to embark on an epic road trip through Europe. And you’re welcome to join him.

Part road trip and part photographic journey, the trip sees Frederic combining his two great passions in life: fast cars and flash photography.

Frederic and his friends will be driving through Europe in an Audi R8 and an Audi S3. Packed in the trunk are a couple of B1 off-camera flashesCar Chargers (connected to the car cigarette connector and used for charging the B1′s batteries ) and RFi Softboxes.

The goal: to shoot stunning images of these stunning cars in a number of stunning locations throughout Europe. If you’re familiar with Frederic’s previous work, you’ll have no doubts that he’ll succeed.

Follow him on his journey on his Facebook page and on his Instagram account.

This is not to be missed!

Photography Life’s Profoto B1 Review: “Without a Doubt, the Profoto B1 Is an Amazing Strobe”

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Review

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The latest Profoto B1 review has seen the light of day. This time it’s the online photo magazine Photography Life that takes the flash for a spin. And they like what they see. 

“Without a doubt, the Profoto B1 is an amazing strobe,” writes Nasim Mansurov, author and founder of the magazine. ““Being able to operate studio-quality lights in outdoors conditions without any cables or external battery packs, with the added advantage of using a pop-up flash on a Nikon DSLR (or an external infrared commander) is a huge plus, especially when shooting indoors or in low light.

“At just 3 kilos, it is a lightweight head that is truly portable when working in the field. No more dangling cables, no more battery packs to carry around! A truly versatile setup that currently has no equivalents on the market. Yes, it is an expensive head, but if you factor in all of the above features and capabilities, you certainly do get what you pay for.”

Click here to read the full review. It’s long, it’s thorough, and it’ll be well-worth every minute of your time!

If you want to read and see what other people think of the B1, click here.

Walk Through A Wedding, Part 3: The Bride Getting Ready

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Wedding Photography

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

The series consists of 20 videos, each one revealing the story and the lighting setup behind a certain image. This is the third video, showing Justin & Mary shooting the bridesmaid and the bride getting ready.

It is a fairly difficult shot to pull off. The lighting conditions in the hotel room are far from ideal and there is a lot of things happening quickly. But Justin and Mary solved this using a single B1 off-camera flash and an Umbrella Shallow White M.

“This allows us to cover a large area with light, but also maintain a directional nature to it,” says Justin.

“We don’t like to direct them too much or pose them,” adds Mary in regards to their subjects. “We just keep telling them to face the light in a general, and we let that moment unfold naturally.”

The final shot plus a couple of behind-the-scenes images from the shoot can be found below. The first two Walk Through a Wedding videos can be found here if you have not seen them already.

The next video will be released April 21. Stay tuned. Read More

Spice Up Your Lighting with the WideZoom Reflector

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in The Light Shaper

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Andrea Belluso is an experienced photographer with more than three decades in the business. Once a month, Andrea takes us behind the scenes of a recent shoot to share some of the knowledge he has gained over the years. This time he shows us how to use the WideZoom Reflector in a creative, out-of-the-box way.

I was recently approached by the staff at Klassik Magazine asking me to do a fashion story based on the official trend forecast for 2015 stating that India will be a great source of inspiration. I gave the brief some thought and realized that I wanted to shoot different kinds of images but with a consistent look and feel – as one normally does in an editorial fashion story. I also knew I wanted a hard light with a lot of contrast and dramatic shadows.

There are a number of Profoto hard reflectors that can do this. But for this particular shoot I chose the WideZoom Reflector. The WideZoom Reflector creates a wider, more even light than any other Profoto hard reflector. For this reason I often use it as a background light. But on this shoot I decided to use it in a non-traditional way. I used it as a sidelight. This allowed me to create the heavy shadows I needed, while at the same time spilling some nice light onto the background. Also, using the same Light Shaping Tool in different ways for different shots would help me achieve the consistent look and feel I was going for. Read More

Hey, Did You Know We Just Got on Instagram?

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in News

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Profoto Instagram 2 Hey, Did You Know We Just Got on Instagram?

Well, we did. You’ll find us at @profotoglobal or here. Would be great if you’d join us!

While we’re at it, we can also mention that we just took our first shaky steps into the bewildering world of Google+. The jury is still out on that one, but we’re leaning towards liking it. Plus-ing it, that is. Anyway, you’ll find us here.

Needless to say, we’re still on Facebook and Twitter.