On to Light Shaping: How Vanessa Joy Saved Her Newlyweds from Freezing

Written by Harley Anderson on . Posted in Videos

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On to Light Shaping is a new video series in which get to see 18 renowned portrait and wedding photographer create magic with Profoto Off-Camera Flash. In this video we join photographer Vanessa Joy for a cold wedding portrait session in Allentown NJ. When you are done watching, click here to see the rest of the series.

Shooting outdoor portraits during the winter months in New Jersey can be dicey and once the temperatures start going south, working quickly and efficiently is a number one priority. Wedding photographer Vanessa Joy is based in Freehold New Jersey and she knows the drill quite well.

This wedding portrait was taken on a rather chilly late fall evening at the Ashford Estate in Allentown NJ. Fortunately the surrounding landscape was conveniently lit with gelled lights by the catering facility, allowing her assistants to concentrate on lighting the newlyweds.

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Bo Lelewel Shoots Cinematic Portraits with Profoto B1 and HSS

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© Bo Lelewel

How do you capture the many faces of men with a cinematic touch? German photography and design student Bo Lelewel traveled all the way to Cuba to do just that. With the use of Profoto B1 and HSS he was able to get exactly the look he was going for. 

“I’ve always been drawn to photographing people and using studio lights to get the look I am after. I have been shooting a lot in the studio, but lately I like shooting on location even better”, says Bo.

Everything started when Bo and his friend, a filmmaker named Jan Stollberg, had an idea of a project. At first they were leaning towards doing the project in Iceland or Morocco, but ended up travelling all the way from Germany to Cuba. “I knew that I wanted to take portraits of the locals. But I have seen a lot of portraits of those people using only natural light”, says Bo.

Bo on the other hand did not want to be limited only to the use of ambient light. Instead, he wanted to mix ambient light and artificial light to achieve the cinematic look he was going for. In order to do that, he knew that he needed a portable yet powerful solution that was easy to bring along to Cuba, yet powerful enough for his needs.

“I used the B1, because I needed enough power to overpower the ambient light but without all the weight you usually get when using a studio light and a generator. The TTL function was also really helpful to get my first exposure, and then I was able to tweak it just a bit. I love the consistency of the flash output and the durability of Profoto gear”, says Bo.

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How Alexia Sinclair Creates Her World of Make Believe with Hand Constructed Artwork

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At this point, it cannot have escaped you that Australian fine art photographer Alexia Sinclair seems to have an inexhaustible source of imagination. But how does that imagination turn into an image? Well, that’s what you will find out here in Alexia’s own story of an enchanting shoot.

“It doesn’t have to be hard, I just make it hard.” Apparently I said those words. In a fleeting moment they escaped my lips and I would have long forgotten them had they not been recorded in the behind-the-scenes documentary. What I meant by that statement was the old adage “Life is a journey, not a destination” and while arriving at the destination is often extremely gratifying, it’s not without the journey that makes it so.

So with the journey in mind let’s take a look at the eponymous artwork Into the Gloaming.

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Dan Bannister Shooting Raw Portraits Through Soft Light

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© Dan Bannister

Dan Bannister is a Canadian commercial photographer and filmmaker. With more than 20 years in the business, he felt like he wanted to tell a different story with his photography. He stumbled upon the story of the modern blacksmith. Here is the story of what happened from there on, written by Dan himself.

I’ve been working on a personal project about blacksmiths for a couple of years now. I was originally looking for a photo project that would be different than the usual work I do day-to-day for clients such as ad agencies, fashion retailers and magazines. I wanted it to be something that would allow me to focus on simple portraiture in a raw and revealing way but still had a common thread that had room to grow and evolve.

One day, I was having a casual lunch with a friend who is a creative at an ad agency in Toronto and she mentioned that blacksmithing was a hobby of hers. This immediately fascinated me because I didn’t realize that blacksmithing was something people still did, let alone in a big urban center like Toronto.

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How Michael Mueller Keeps His Cool at -20°c

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Sports Photography

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© Michael Mueller

So you think your last shoot was challenging? Well, try shooting on top of a snowy alpine summit in -20°C with screaming winds, occasional fog and clouds with snowfall. That’s what Michael Mueller did. 

“The client wanted images in the same style as car ads,” says Michael Mueller – fearless photographer and dauntless adventurer in equal measures. “They wanted clean, super perfect images with blue skies and white mountain tops. Being a brand for serious athletes, it was also important that the images showed a real challenge. We couldn’t make it easy for ourselves. We had to climb high and shoot real athletes doing real things.”

Said and done. Michael and his team packed their bags and went to Pontresina in the Swiss Alps. With them they brought B1 Off-Camera Flashes, TeleZoom Reflectors and Zoom Reflectors.

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