Framing the Shot. Here Is How to Get It Right From the Start.

Written by Louis Pang on . Posted in Lighting Tips

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Malaysian photographer and guest blogger Louis Pang is back. This time he takes us behind-the-scenes of a recent to shoot to talk about what Louis considers to be the most challenging aspect of a shoot: framing the shot. Here is the story, in Louis own words.

When I arrive on a location for a shoot, the biggest challenge is framing the shot. Is it background going to be this wall or that atrium? Should I go wide or tight? What is the language of light? Just ambient light, a blend of artificial and natural light or purely artificial? These are the myriad of possibilities we face. We have to commit to a shot or idea or we risk chasing rainbows, coming away with pictures that are neither here nor there.

In this post, I’ll walk everyone through an environmental portraiture I shot for a leading property magazine recently. You will see how I started, where I ended up and all the dilemmas I faced in between.

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Light Shaping by Mark Seliger. Coming December 1.

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Videos

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On December 1, we will release a new video series in which Mark Seliger, one of the true masters of portrait photographers, takes us behind the scenes of some of his most iconic shots.

Are you famous? If so, you probably had your portrait taken by Mark Seliger. If not, you have most definitely seen his portraits. Perhaps it was the one of Kurt Cobain? Or perhaps the one of Barack Obama, Angelina Jolie or P Diddy?

We recently had the privilege of meeting this master of portrait photography on location while he was shooting rock star Lenny Kravitz. The meeting resulted in a series of videos, in which Seliger takes us behind-the-scenes of some of the most iconic shots of his career.

The first two will be released this Monday. One focuses on Seliger’s shoot with Kravitz, while the other one is about Seliger’s portraiture in general. Another three will be released two weeks later, revealing hos Seliger’s iconic shots of Kurt Cobain, P. Diddy and Kerry Washington was created.

Stay tuned. You don’t want to miss this.

As if that wasn’t enough? Seliger was also kind enough to sign a few of his book for us. Sign up here for a chance to win one of them. Contest open until January 5, 2015

Zhang Jingna’s 15 Tips On How To Break Into Fashion Photography

Written by Zhang Jingna on . Posted in Fashion Photography

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Fashion and fine art photographer Zhang Jingna has previously written immensely popular articles about commercial shoots, personal projects and on how to improve your photography. This time she will share 15 tips on how to break into fashion photography. Here is how to make it, in Jingna’s own words. 

In my last three articles, I talked about producing commercial and personal photoshoots, and tips on how to improve one’s photography. In this guide, I will share my thoughts on how to break into fashion photography.

Fashion photography is a highly exclusive and competitive industry. Getting in requires dedication, commitment, hard work, and often times, a dash of good luck and timing. There is no great secret or shortcut, it is going to be a tough journey, and you must be prepared for the long-haul. Read More

Shutterbug’s Profoto B1 Off-Camera Flash Review: “The Battery Design and Capacity are exemplary.”

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Review

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Shutterbug is a magazine dedicated to serious photo enthusiasts and working professionals. Recently, Shutterbugs’s staff writer Steve Bedell put the Profoto B1 Off-Camera Flash and the Air Remote TTL-C to the test. Read his review to learn what he thinks about them. 

“Like all Profoto gear, the B1 lights and accessories are built to take years of hard use,” writes Shutterbug’s Steve Bedell. “I particularly like the lamp head design where you just throw a cap on it and you don’t worry about breaking anything. The battery design and capacity are exemplary.”

Steve wanted to try the B1 Off-Camera Flash and Air Remote TTL-C on location. Doing so, he tried a few different setups. For instance, he did one in Atlantic Gymnastics in Dover, New Hampshire, where he used two B1 Off-Camera Flashes, one Umbrella Deep White L and his Air Remote TLL-C.

His conclusion?

“The Air Remote TTL-C controller is so simple to use that you’ll be off and running in five minutes. Once you get used to using it, the integration of radio control plus TTL makes everything else seem like old tech.”

“They set up quickly and can get you accurate exposures with little effort on your part. With the cost of top-of-the-line speedlights going for $550 to $600 with only a fraction of the power, the B1 lights make economic sense for many applications. If you have the need and the budget, these lights should be high on your shopping list.”

Click here to read the detailed review at Shutterbug’s website.

If you want to learn more about Profoto B1, click here

Our Webinar on How to Mix Ambient Light with Flash Was Recorded and Is Now Available As a Video

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Lighting Tips

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On November 19, we did a live webinar with Jared Platt on how to achieve a natural looking result when mixing ambient light with flash on location. Did you miss it? Don’t worry. The webinar was recorded and is now available as a video.

This was the last Profoto webinar for this season. All six episode of On Location with Jared Platt, plus all four episodes of Light Shaping with Mark Wallace, were recorded and are now available as videos on our webinar page.

We will now take some time off the webinars and plan for what to do in the future.

Any ideas? Do you want more webinars or not?

If yes, what would you like us to focus on? How can we improve?

If no, what would you rather see? Short video tutorials? FAQs? Actual workshops on site?

Leave a comment below and let us know!

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