Truthfully Now, How Much Difference Is There Between A White, Silver And Translucent Umbrella Deep?

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Portrait Photography

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How much difference does it really make if you shoot with a silver Umbrella Deep, a white Umbrella Deep or a translucent Umbrella Deep? To find the answer, we asked photographer Klara G to do a little test for us. Here are the results. 

The umbrella is to photographers what the Technics SL-1200 is to DJs. In other words, the umbrella is, by far, the most common and most widely used Light Shaping Tool out there. It is so for a good reason. The umbrella is affordable, very easy to use, and extremely easy to fold and bring with you to an on-location shoot.

But that does not mean you cannot be creative and do a lot of different things with them. For instance, how you position and direct your umbrella has a huge effect on the light character. What size and shape of umbrella you use is also a determining factor.

Then there is the fact that most brands of umbrellas are available in different fabrics. All four sizes (small, medium, large and XL) of Profoto Umbrellas are available in white, silver and translucent versions. In addition, the white and silver versions can be equipped with diffusers, while there is a Backpanel for the translucent one. Adding any of these accessories will also change the light character.

But truthfully now, how much difference is there really between a white, silver and translucent umbrella. And how much difference do the accessory really make?

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Walk Through a Wedding, Part 17: The Hora

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Wedding Photography

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

The series consists of 20 videos. Each video reveals the story and the lighting setup behind a certain image. In the seventeenth episode, Justin & Mary talk about how they photograph the Hora.

“I really love that first moment when the bride sits down, and all the sudden the four groomsmen grab that chair, and that first second, as she is lifting of the ground.”, says Justin.

For this shoot, Justin & Mary were both shooting at the same time. They set up two B1 Off-Camera Flashes in each corner and were able to cover different angles. “If you think about it, there are actually two sets of 90 degrees, and two sets of 120 degrees at any time”, says Mary.

One of the B1 Off-Camera Flashes was equipped with an Umbrella Shallow White M and the second B1 was equipped with a 1,3×2 RFi Softbox attached to a speedring. Last but not least, they used the Air Remote TTL-C for wirelessly controll.

For more details of the shoot, make sure to watch the video.

Previous episodes of Walk Through a Wedding can be found here. The next video will be released on November 17.

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Man on Wire. Flash in Face. Chasm Below.

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Sports Photography

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© Andrew Bydlon

What do you do if you have a friend who strings lines across mountain chasms and walks across? Do you tell him to please stop? Or do you put a 500Ws flash in his face while he is walking across? Andrew Bydlon did the latter. And the result looks pretty darn cool. 

Remember this? If not, here is the short version: On August 11, 2014, we announced the release of Air Remote TTL-N – the clever little divide that allows Nikon shooters to do TTL with the B1 Off-Camera Flash.

To celebrate its release, we asked you guys to pitch us your best idea for a shoot, and promised to send whoever came up with the most exciting idea a B1 and an Air Remote TTL-N. That someone turned out to be outdoor photographer Andrew Bydlon. Andrew wanted to shoot his friend Scott walking across a line stringed across a mountain chasm. But to do so, he needed something portable yet really powerful. And that he got.

Now, Andrew has done his shoot and returned to us with some pretty stunning shots and a short story about the shoot, both if which you will find below.

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Tobias Björkgren Brings Our Brand New Octa Softbox To A 400-Year-Old Castle

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Fashion Photography

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A new softbox has been added to Profoto’s growing assortment of RFi Softboxes. It is an octa softbox. A four-foot octa to be precise. Not too big, not too small. Just perfect. Swedish photographer Tobias Björkgren has tried it out. Here is his story.

Ulfsunda Castle in Sweden is old. More than 100 years older than the United States in fact. Built in 1647 during The Thiry Year War, the castle has seen its fair share of historical figures and events.

Latest in line is the world’s first shoot with our brand new octa softbox: the Softbox RFi 4’ Octa. The shoot was done by Swedish portrait and fashion photographer Tobias Björkgren. As historic events go, it might not be able to compete with royal declarations and weddings. Still, we think it deserves its own story.

I shot at Ulfsunda Castle because I wanted to create a feeling of indifferent luxury,” says Tobias. “The model Vanessa Hulot is French and I knew the styling would be quite elegant, so I wanted to play off that. But I didn’t want it to get too serious. It should be like “hey, I live in a castle but I don’t care!

That said, I didn’t want it to get too nice and clean,” adds Tobias. “That is why I wanted to add an element of surrealism to the equation. I didn’t just want elegance. I wanted it to feel a bit dirty and cool too.”

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Watch Drew Gurian’s Portrait Being Transformed Into a 40 Foot Mural

Written by Drew Gurian on . Posted in Portrait Photography

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Drew Gurian is a young, up-and-coming portrait photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. Each month, he’ll be bringing you a behind-the-scene perspective, navigating the freelance marketplace of one of the busiest photo markets in the world – New York City. This is the third part of his story.

I recently had the opportunity to collaborate on a very cool project with the elctro pop duo Denitia & Sene, Red Bull NYC, and Colossal Media.

One of the portraits I shot of Denitia & Sene was transformed into a hand-painted, photorealistic 20’x40′ mural by the amazing crew at Colossal Media, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It took a three person crew of painters five days to complete the mural, and I can’t express how amazing it is to see in person.

Check out the video above to see a behind-the-scenes look into the shoot itself, as well as a time-lapse of the painting.

As for the lighting itself, we set up three different scenarios throughout the day, and here’s the basics of each.

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