Don’t Hide Your Flash. Put It in the Image! Here Is How.

Written by Jared Platt on . Posted in Lighting Tips

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On October 22, Profoto and photographer Jared Platt will host a free webinar on how to use light as an element. To get you in the mood for the webinar, Jared has written an article on the topic. Enjoy!

With only minutes to find, compose and take the wedding portrait my assistant, myself and the couple parked on the side of the road and hustled into the burned out forest just on the edge of the Grand Canyon. We had just a few more minute of twilight and wanted to make the most of it. With two Profoto B1 off-camera flashes, we knew we needed one as a main soft light and the other as a backlight or hair light to separate the couple from the background. Without that hair light, the groom’s suite would fade into the darkness of the trees and the sky from whence it would never return. Having that hair light also helps to create separation between the bushes and trees in the fore and mid ground areas. There is not disputing, we needed a hair light.

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Jeremy Snell Uses the New Umbrella Deep S to Create a Beautiful Light in the Harsh Sun

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Portrait Photography

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Humanitarian photographer Jeremy Snell recently packed his bag and went to Nairobi to shoot some portraits on location. The trip required a lighting solution that was light enough to carry around, but powerful enough to overpower the African sun. Plus, Jeremy knew that the gear had to be able to take a beating. Keep reading to learn what solution he found.

The Shoot

Hawaii-based photographer Jeremy Snell was asked to shoot a series of promotional images for the charity organization Serving Orphans Worldwide. The assignment required Jeremy to travel to Nairobi to photograph the children living at one of the organizations many orphanages.I grew up traveling, so photographing people from all over the world is a natural thing for me,” says Jeremy. “I’ve always known I wanted to be a humanitarian photographer ever since.

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On A Faraway Beach With Sandra Åberg & The New Profoto Umbrella Deep

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Portrait Photography

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Six new umbrellas have been added to the growing family of Profoto umbrellas. The new umbrellas are unique in that they are small and lightweight yet deep and parabolic. Photographer Sandra Åberg has tried out the medium version. Here is her story.

Sandra Åberg shoots fashion. And weddings. Sometimes one at a time, sometimes both at once.

When I first started, people told me I couldn’t do both. They told me you have to choose. But you should never tell me what I can or cannot do because then I just have to prove that I can do it!

“So, now I’m a fashion and a wedding photographer. Some call it Bridal Couture, which I kind of like.

Sandra enjoys the variation. It keeps her on her toes, she says.

“The fashion photography aspect brings such creative freedom. It’s something I’m very passionate about. The wedding photography, on the other hand, is very much about capturing a special moment or an event. But I do my best to be creative here too. If possible, I want my wedding shots to be like a bridal editorial, telling the story of the couple and their undying love.”

 

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New From Profoto: Small Yet Deep And Parabolic Umbrellas

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Today we expand our assortment of umbrellas with six new models. The new models are unique on the market in that they are small and lightweight yet deep and parabolic.

Last year, we introduced a new line of umbrellas, comprising twelve models in two shapes (deep and shallow) and three fabrics (white, silver and translucent).

Today, Profoto’s line of umbrellas is extended with six new models. The new models are unique on the market in that they are small and lightweight yet deep and parabolically shaped. This combination of size and shape creates a more focused and directed light than what you might expect from an umbrella of this size. Read More

Frederic Schlosser’s Solution for Shooting Cars on Location

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Commercial Photography

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Shooting cars is a challenge. They are big, shiny and oddly shaped. German photographer Frederic Schlosser and his assistant took two cars, one classic sport car from the 1970’s and a comtemporty model of the same car and drove to Prague, Czech Republic. Here’s how he shot the two cars using the Profoto 1 Location Kit.

In the trunk: Frederic’s camera, his Profoto B1 Location Kit and a SoftboxRFi 1×4’. The Plan: shoot the two cars on location with the beautiful, old buildings in the background.

“I love fast cars,” says Frederic. “I love good car design, and I love driving cars. That’s why I got into car photography. It allows me to live out my two biggest passions in life!” Read More