On To Light Shaping: How Tom Munoz Created His Exotic Portrait

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 Tom Munoz as he captures exotic bridal portraits in Coconut Grove Florida. When you are done watching, click here to see the rest of the series.

One of the benefits of living and working in south Florida is the availability of a number of colorful locales in which you can take amazing portraits. Fort Lauderdale-based Tom Munoz captured this striking bridal portrait in one of these locales, Vizcaya Gardens, located in Coconut Grove Florida.

Though the sun was shining, the ambient light falling upon the area surrounding the secluded stone sitting area Munoz planned on using for a bridal portrait was in deep shadow. To remedy the problem of the existing flat and less-than-flattering ambient light, Munoz had his assistants set up two lights.

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Niel Van Niekerk’s Profoto B2 Review: “The Profoto B2 Made It Easy.”

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Review

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We recently shared with you Neil van Niekerk’s detailed review of Profoto HSS. Now, Neil is back with another review, this time of the brand new Profoto B2 and the Off-Camera Flash System.

“I really liked the Profoto B2,” writes Neil in his review. “It is really straight-forward to use – all the controls make sense.”

Neil did the test using a B2 To-Go-Kit,Profoto OCF Softbox 1×3′, a Profoto OCF Softbox 2′ Octa, a Profoto OCF Softbox 2×3′ , and an Air Remote TTL-N and a Nikon D810. The test was done with a model and an assistant out in the streets of Manhattan.

“My reaction when the initial images showed up on the back of my camera, was one of “wow!” writes Neil in his review. “Crisp lighting to lift my subject, and wafer-thin depth-of-field to isolate my subject from the smooth background. Just beautiful.”

 

Click here for the full review.

If you rather see more videos of the B2 in action, click here.

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Victoria Will Shoots Tintype Portraits of the Stars at Sundance

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Portrait Photography, Videos

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At this year’s Sundance Film Festival, photographer Victoria Will decided to put down her digital camera and use a century-old technique to shoot the stars. The result is celebrity portraits unlike any other you have ever seen before.

We all know the feeling of being stuck in a rut. So what do you do as a portrait photographer when you need to reignite your creative spark?

One thing you can do is switch tools. Replace the pen with a brush, and you will probably be surprised by what you end up putting on the canvas.

Celebrity photographer Victoria Will’s recent shoot at the Sundance Film Festival is a good example. Victoria had been shooting the stars at the festival for three years in a row when she started to feel as if she was reinventing the wheel every time. So for her fourth year, she replaced her DSLR with an old Graflex Super D camera and the TIFFs and JPGs with beautiful, aluminum tintypes.

The switch did not make things easier for Victoria, quite the opposite. But the demanding process resulted in some of the most inspired and highly praised portraits from that year’s festival.

“What I love about the process is how raw it is,” says Victoria. “We live in an age of glossy magazines and overly retouched skin. But there is no lying with tintypes. You can’t get rid of a few wrinkles in Photoshop.”

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On to Light Shaping: How Laurent Hini Turned a Parisian Street into a Studio

Written by Rebecca Ahremark 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 Laurent Hini as he captures a series of images of a love story in Paris. When you are done watching, click here to see the rest of the series.

Paris-based photographer Laurent Hini started out as a photojournalist. But it did not take long before he discovered that this profession did not allow him to fully control the final result. He was left to capture things as they were. Unsatisfied with this, Laurent decided to change direction. Today, he does portraits, fashion and commercial jobs – shoots that allow him to shape and control light. And he has never looked back.

Laurent’s recent portrait of a young couple is part of a series of images exploring a blossoming love story in Paris. This particular shot was to be the last one in the series. As such, Laurent wanted to do something out of the ordinary, something a bit more complex. This meant that he needed a lighting solution that was portable enough to be taken out on to the streets of Paris, but also versatile enough to turn his choice of location into something of an outdoor studio.
To overcome this challenge, Laurent brought the new Profoto Off-Camera Flash system. He had a B1 Off-Camera Flash, three B2 Off-Camera Flashes and, perhaps most importantly in Laurent’s case, an assortment of Light Shaping Tools.

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Matt Korinek Tries Profoto HSS In Three Different Situations

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© Matt Korinek

© Matt Korinek

Being a fitness photographer, Matt Korinek sometimes needs to shoot in difficult conditions that requires shorter flash duration than the so-called x-sync, typically 1/250 of a second. He was then of course extra excited when we released HSS for his Profoto B1 Off-Camera Flash. Matt decided to try it out in three different situations. 

First off, a shoot up on the roof of a local parking garage. Matt wanted to get a good look of how the system would operate in full sun.

“As you can see, the flash makes a big difference in the scene while still keeping it realistic.”, Matt writes and compares the two images seen below.

“The Profoto HSS system was up to the task and I didn’t see any banding that you would usually see if you exceed your camera’s flash sync speed limit. The TTL system also worked as advertised and provided an acceptable exposure.”

“The biggest benefit was that I could shoot at high shutter speeds fast enough to capture action and add artificial light to give the image a more premium look.”, he continues.

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