Jeffery Salter Shoots Dancers At Bahia Honda Rail Bridge

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Videos

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Jeffery Salter is as passionate about his personal projects as he is about his commercial jobs. For this project, for example, he brought two dancers to Bahia Honda Rail Bridge to explore the relationship between people and beautiful architecture.

Jeffery Salter describes his photographic style as “cinematic with a touch of whimsy.” He draws inspiration from surreal artists, mostly painters, and from the cinema. “I keep my eyes open even when I don’t have a camera with me,” he says.

Jeffery, who has travelled the 127 mile long road in the Florida Keys many times, is fascinated by the Key Bridges – a series of bridges which connect the forty-three islands. He had since long wanted to do a personal project about them. Now was the time.

“Its combination of structural strength and graphic lines create a surreal sense of beauty,” replies Jeffery, when asked what is so special about the old Bahia Honda Rail bridge. “It’s magnificent in sheer functionally. You know, it has withstood extreme weather conditions, even hurricanes,” he explains.

The idea behind the project was to put the bridge’s long lasting grandeur and strong graphic lines in contrast with the fleeting moment of grace and soft curves of a dancer. “I wanted to marry the lines in the bridges to the lines of the human form,” he says.

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Neil van Niekerk Puts Profoto High-Speed Sync to the Test

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Portrait Photography

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© Neil van Niekerk

© Neil van Niekerk

Photographer Neil van Niekerk wanted to shoot with super-shallow depth-of-field. But he also wanted to shoot with flash. So he decided to update his trusted B1 Off-Camera Flash with the new High-Speed Sync upgrade and take it for a spin. Here are the results. 

High-Speed Sync (HSS) is the technical term for syncing flash with shutter speeds shorter than the so-called x-sync, typically 1/250 of a second. With the free Profoto HSS upgrade installed in your B1 Off-Camera Flash, you can shoot at shutter speeds of up to 1/8000 of a second. Which is crazy fast, we might add.

Having the option to shoot this fast even with a flash as powerful as the B1 gives you unparalleled control of the ambient light. For example, you may shoot with a large aperture in super bright conditions and get a shallow depth and a deep blue sky. Which is exactly what photographer Neil van Niekerk did.

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Behind the Scenes with Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson

Written by Drew Gurian on . Posted in Editorial Photography

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"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" Portrait Session

Drew Gurian is a young, up-and-coming portrait photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. Each month, he’ll be bringing you a behind-the-scene perspective, navigating the freelance marketplace of one of the busiest photo markets in the world – New York City. This is the fifth part of his story.

Back in November, I was hanging out with some friends on a Friday night and got an email at 8:30PM with the subject: “Any chance you’re available tomorrow AM for a Hunger Games portrait?” That’s a pretty typical subject line from The Associated Press (AP), though admittedly, cooler than most, and a fairly typical timeline for an email before a shoot the next day. I immediately sent a text to my editor with a “YES!! I’M IN!”, knowing that if I didn’t respond quickly, the shoot would go elsewhere.

These aren’t anything like lots of editorial shoots where there’s creative calls, art direction, locations picked out, propping, styling, etc. On the contrary, these are very much a fly by the seat of your pants, improvise all the way sort of shoot – which I’ve come to absolutely love. When shooting an A-list celebrity for a client like AP (one of the largest news agencies in the world), there’s a huge amount of pressure to produce a high quality, highly reproducible set of photos, and there’s absolutely no room for error. To that end, there’s also no retouching allowed on any photos I submit to AP, aside from basic brightness/contrast, etc. In other words, my lighting needs to be spot on.  Oh, and I usually have five minutes (if I’m really lucky) or less with whoever I’m shooting to do all of this.

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Little Shao Freezes Cool People Moving Fast In the Hot Sun With Profoto High-Speed Sync (HSS)

Written by Sasha Hallin on . Posted in On location

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With the new High-Speed Sync (HSS) upgrade installed in his B1 Off-Camera Flash, photographer Little Shao was able to shoot with shutter speeds as fast as 1/8000 of a second. Did it make a difference? See for yourself.

Ambient light can be beautiful. But it can also be troublesome. For instance, if you want to light someone properly with flash in harsh sun, you will run into a hurdle. The so-called x-sync for flash is usually set to something like 1/250 of a second. What this means is that you usually cannot shoot with shutter speeds shorter than 1/250 of a second when shooting with flash. This in turns means that the camera will pick up a lot of ambient light during that relatively long timeframe. You can, of course, overpower the ambient light by aiming a powerful flash at your subject. But that will only help to a certain degree. The sky will still burn out, and there will be some motion blur caused by the ambient light.

The solution to that problem is Profoto High-Speed Sync, also known as HSS. Profoto HSS allows you to shoot with shutter speeds as fast 1/8000 of a second even when shooting with flash. Combine that with the fact that the B1 Off-Camera Flash is powerful. Packed with 500Ws of power, you will have enough light even at that super short time frame.

Well, that all sounds good in theory. But how does it actually work in practice?

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Coming Soon: Victoria Will Shoots Celebrity Tintypes at Sundance

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Videos

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Photographer Victoria Will is a commerical and editorial portrait photographer and her work appears in newspapers and magazines worldwide, from New York Times to Vogue. She has also been shooting celebrities at Sundance Filmfestival for several years now. But this this year she decided to do it differently.

Rather than bringing her new digital camera, she bought a really, really old one. Rather than creating digital files and prints, she used a century-old technique called tintypes, also know as melainotype or ferrotype.

The result: celebrity portraiture like you have never seen it before.

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