Victoria Will’s Moment With Brad Pitt. The Story Behind a Celebrity Portrait.

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Portrait Photography

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New York-based photographer Victoria Will faced a challenge. She was in a small room with noting but floral wallpaper, a huge table and some chairs. In a few minutes time Brad Pitt would enter the room to have his portrait taken. Here is how she did it. 

The Shoot

It was 2013 and Brad Pitt was in New York City to promote his new movie World War Z. Journalists and photographers had been invited to a press junket at local hotel. One of them was celebrity photographer Victoria Will. “These kinds of shoots are always a challenge,” says Victoria. “They don’t tell me what kind of room we’ll shoot in, what clothes the subject will wear or how much time we’ll have.”

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How Andrew McGibbon Made a Rock Band in a Parking Lot Look Like a 19th Century Painting

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Commercial Photography

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When Indie Rock band JORDI needed a promo image to coinside with their debut album, photographer Andrew McGibbon was their first and only choice. With total creative control Andrew put them on boat and started to make magic.

“For some reason, I entered the conversation with the idea of a row boat in rough seas and they were all like “no way, we have a song about that!”. So it was pretty obvious that the idea fit from the get go and then it was just up to me to figure out how we would pull it off.” says Andrew McGibbon.

The lead singer of Jordi, Jordi van Dyk, had been a fan of Andrew’s work for some time so when it came to shooting their promo, he insisted it had to be Andrew. With a limited budget, Andrew’s condition was to have total creative control of the image.

“The great thing about focusing on a niche style in photography is that your client will end up giving you much more freedom in a job because they trust you – after all, they came to you for your style. Why would they want to stifle that?” says Andrew.

Andrew’s idea was clear right from the start. The image had to be dramatic, almost like a Turner painting. But he knew that the scene itself would be impossible to achieve on location and in only one shot. “You don’t need to be restricted by the natural or real and can create based on your imagination. There is much more room for magic.” says Andrew.

Andrew ended up playing the role as producer, art director and photographer and Jordi was happy to take his lead.

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Here’s How Ian Ruhter Created His Celebrity Portrait

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In a recent video, entitled The Making of a Celebrity Portrait,  wet plate maestro Ian Ruhter made us question the celebrity culture and how we perceive ourselves. In this post Ian will show you how the portraits were done. Here is the story, in his own words.

The #iamthecelebrity project aims to gain a fuller picture of what we look like today, through our own self-portraits. This idea of creating a self-portrait was presented to me by my friends at Profoto. The idea morphed into something greater, because I was a bit weary of making a self-portrait of myself. We made a video showcasing this journey, entitled The Making of a Celebrity Portrait. The title speaks to the images that influence our own image everyday and how we portray ourselves.

What we wanted to do is to create a tighter photograph than we usually make. This meant we were going to build an entirely new camera. After discussing this with my crew we came up with the idea of turning our office into a camera. This would give us a lot more space to work within.

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Blair Bunting Show Us How to Light a Football Player

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Sports Photography

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Being an established advertising photographer and a Nikon and Maurice Lacroix Ambassador, Blair Bunting sure knows how to light. In a recent blog post, titled How to Light a Football Player, Blair shares some of that knowledge.

“Let’s talk about lighting, specifically for mood,” writes Blair on his blog. “The eye finds discomfort and intimidation in the unknown and the unknown is where the light is not. The approach to making a subject intimidating should not be a mass of lights cranked to 11, but a single focus of direction where one light dominates and the remaining support the fear. An example of this that I shot a while back is this portrait of a football player.”

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Our Webinar on Matching Strobes with Available Light Was Recorded and Is Now Available as a Video

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Instruction

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On September 17, we did a live webinar with Jared Platt on how to match strobes with available light on location. Did you miss it? No worries. The webinar was recorded and is now available as a video.

Profoto hosts free webinars once a month. The next one is scheduled for October 22. Click here to sign up, and we’ll send you a friendly reminder when the next one is about to start.

All previous webinars are also available on the same page. There is one on dramatic night portraits, one on senior portraits and one on how to create a beautiful light in harsh conditions, to name just a few examples.

For more information about the B1 off-camera flash and the other Light Shaping Tools Jared is using in this video, click here.

And have a nice weekend!

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