Hey, Did You Know We Just Got on Instagram?

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in News

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Profoto Instagram 2 Hey, Did You Know We Just Got on Instagram?

Well, we did. You’ll find us at @profotoglobal or here. Would be great if you’d join us!

While we’re at it, we can also mention that we just took our first shaky steps into the bewildering world of Google+. The jury is still out on that one, but we’re leaning towards liking it. Plus-ing it, that is. Anyway, you’ll find us here.

Needless to say, we’re still on Facebook and Twitter.

Zhang Jingna Walks Us Through a Commercial Photo Shoot, from Request to Postproduction

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Zhang Jingna Kwak Ji Young Phuong My FW13 Flowers in December1 600x399 Zhang Jingna Walks Us Through a Commercial Photo Shoot, from Request to Postproduction

Have you ever wondered how a commercial photo shoot is done? Well, wonder no more. Today, photographer Zhang Jingna will walk us through the entire process, from request to postproduction. Here is how it works, in Jingna’s own words:

One of the most frequently asked questions I receive is how a commercial photo shoot is done. In this post I’ll be doing a little walkthrough of the steps involved in one of my typical productions, from pre-shoot to final product. Whether you’re an upcoming photographer or just a hobbyist, I hope it sheds some light on the behind-the-scenes and you will find it an interesting read.

Before I start, I should also mention that typically for major clients, there is usually a large team of people working on a campaign. In those instances an executive producer will handle everything related to preparing the shoot, and thus often, all that’s needed of the photographer is to prepare his treatment (more on that in a bit), show up, and shoot.

However, for many other jobs, it’s becoming increasingly popular these days for the photographer to quote and execute the full-scale production of the photoshoot themselves. This post will cover a project’s process on this scale. Read More

Did You Know That You Can Browse Published Profoto Reviews at Our Website?

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Profoto reviews 1 Did You Know That You Can Browse Published Profoto Reviews at Our Website?

This is the Profoto Blog where we keep telling you that Profoto flashes and Profoto Light Shaping Tools are the bomb. We honestly believe that. But we don’t blame you if you don’t want to take our word for it. It is, after all, the Profoto Blog…

The thing is, you don’t have to take our word for it. Other people are writing about our gear too. We’ve compiled some of these independent Profoto reviews at our website.

Click here if you want to read what other people are saying about us.

Also, if you’ve posted a review of any of our products, leave a comment below and we’ll check it out. We always value feedback, good or bad.

These Sparkling Portraits Will Put Stars in Your Eyes

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Beauty Photography

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Profoto D1 monolight Andrea Zvadova 14 600x400 These Sparkling Portraits Will Put Stars in Your Eyes

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The stars in the sky have been a source of inspiration for artists ever since we humans first started to express ourselves creatively. If you want a modern day example from the world of photography, look no further. Andrea Zvadova’s sparkling portraits will put stars in your eyes.

“When you’re away from the city and you see the stars in the sky, you feel so close to them,” says Andrea. “The world becomes quiet for a while. The same goes for the northern lights, slowly glowing in the air, floating, and radiating vivid colors. It was this startling sensation of looking up at the night sky that I tried to capture in these images.”

Andrea could have achieved this result in a number of ways. But rather than relying on postproduction, she decided to get as much as possible in camera.

“It was mostly done with makeup and lighting,” says Andrea. “I have makeup artist Lukáš Kimlika to thank for much of it. Lukáš covered the model’s face in glitter and colors. You know, I’d never seen so much glitter in my life before! The five-year-old me would’ve been the happiest girl in the world that day! It still was a lot of fun, but also very messy. For every shot we had to remove all the make-up and start all over again. That’s why we had two models, Karolina from Elite and Tasha from Exit. They both ended up with black glittery faces and had to go home looking like Star Wars characters. The studio was, of course, also covered in glitter. There was a lot of cleaning up to do that day…” Read More

No, the Profoto B1 Cannot Perform TTL Metering with Canon EOS-1D X. Not quite yet.

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The Profoto B1 Can Now Perform TTL Metering With Canon EOS 1D X 3 600x423 No, the Profoto B1 Cannot Perform TTL Metering with Canon EOS 1D X. Not quite yet.

As some of you might have noted, the firmware upgrade we released on Mar 31 contains a bug that causes the B1 to get stuck at full power. The bug only appears when shooting in TTL mode with Canon EOS-1D X, but considering today’s announcement, that is more than enough to remove it from our site.

The short, non-technical explanation for the bug is: we were too eager and didn’t test the upgrade properly. For that we are sorry.

Rest assure that we’re now working hard to fix this problem. Vacations have been cancelled, the coffee is brewing, and we will get back to you as soon as we can with an update.

For the meantime, it is not possible to download the firmware upgrade from the Profoto site.

Those of you who do not shoot with Canon EOS-1D X will not notice this bug, regardless if you’ve performed the upgrade or not.