What’s The Difference Between Shooting in Studio and On Location?

Written by Jared Platt on . Posted in Lighting Tips

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What’s the Difference? is a series of video lighting tutorials. Each episode responds to a single question. In this episode, Jared Platt compares shooting in studio and on location. The entire series, including all videos, articles and lighting diagrams, is available at our website. And feel free to leave a question in the comment section if you have one!

I am an on-location photographer – my principal photography business (weddings) requires that. When I am in the studio, economy of lights and equipment is not too critical, but when I am flying to a wedding somewhere around the world, or setting up a bridal portrait on a cliff over the Grand Canyon, I need a balance of portability and power.

For this shot, we compared photographing in studio and on location using roughly the same gear: the Profoto B2 Off-Camera Flash with an Umbrella Deep Silver M. On location, this was the only light we needed. But in the studio we had to simulate the sun and the ambient light we would get on location, so we added two B1 Off-Camera Flashes into the mix.

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The Secret Jill Greenberg Filter That Took Her to Where She Is Today

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Portrait Photography

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© Jill Greenberg

© Jill Greenberg

“People always ask what filter I use, but the filter is me,” says Jill Greenberg. That filter has resulted in some of the most instantly recognisable images of the last two decades. 

Jill Greenberg was born in Montreal, but raised in Detroit and has taken photographs for as long as she can remember.

“I started making photographs as a “shortcut” to drawings and paintings,” replies Jill when asked why she decided to become a photographer. “My work has always been concerned with the image itself, the surface. Of course the meaning and concept too, but never really in a documentary way. All of my drawings are from my head — funny, mannered characters with lots of color. Not from life, so my photographs are from my head too… if that makes any sense.”

When attending high school, Jill always thought she wanted to become a fashion illustrator, and later even a fashion photographer.

“I went to school with the intention of majoring in illustration and I even spent the previous summer at RISD in their Illustration summer session. Then the summer before RISD I attended Parson in Paris for Photography on a scholarship. I somehow did not feel like I could break into fashion but it has always been my interest. But I do bring that interest to surface, if you will, with my portraiture and advertising assignments.”

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Striving for Something out of the Ordinary

Written by Drew Gurian on . Posted in Portrait Photography

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Drew Gurian is a young, up-and-coming portrait photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. Every now and then, 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 month we get to join him behind the scenes of a recent shoot with renowned director Stephen Daldry.

Back in February, I was assigned to photograph Stephen Daldry, the Tony Award winning and Academy Award nominated British producer and director of Billy Elliot and The Hours, amongst others.

Whenever I have a shoot like this, I’m well aware that it will most likely be five minutes or less with whoever i’m shooting, and that I very well may have a publicist or three breathing down my neck while shooting.

Aside from time constraints, dealing with potentially big personalities, and multiple publicists, I generally have no idea what the location will look like until I get there. We should all know by now that it’s our job as photographers to do as much research as possible before the shoot, so we’re very well-informed walking into any situation.  On these shoots- which are often assigned to me the night before, I’m told to meet at a theatre, or in a hotel room, but that’s about all I have to go on. Of course I make calls to the location to try and get some idea of the size, overall feel and light at the location, but there’s quite a bit of unknown.  In other words, it’s a crapshoot until I get there. Good times, right?? Read More

What’s the Difference Between On and Off-Camera Flash?

Written by Jared Platt on . Posted in Videos

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What’s the Difference? is a series of video lighting tutorials. Each episode responds to a single question. In this episode, Jared Platt compares shooting on and off camera. The entire series, including all videos, articles and lighting diagrams, is available at our website. And feel free to leave a question in the comment section if you have one!

We found a perfect little spot in the Japanese Friendship Gardens in Phoenix, Arizona, to take a portrait of our little ring bearer peeking in on the rings. The bearfoot ring bearer was perfect for this lush setting.

It was a beautiful afternoon and the shade of the gardens was a perfect spot for making images. Behind the subject, I had plenty of direct sunlight dappling through the trees, but the soft, open shade around him made taking a portrait comfortable and uncomplicated.

Our goal with the shot was to compare an on-camera flash to an off-camera flash. In both cases, we used only one light (aside from the sun).

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On To Light Shaping: Moshe Zusman’s Spinning Wheel of Light

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 Moshe Zusman as he captures stunning portraits in the post-sunset glow. When you are done watching, click here to see the rest of the series.

Moshe Zusman, a wedding, portrait, and event photographer based in Washington DC, is known for his ability to connect with the people he is photographing. “At weddings you’re shooting real people, not models,” he says. “So I’d rather spend my time interacting with the people I’m photographing in order to capture the best pictures. When my lights work as advertised it makes my job that much easier. If I have to keep a constant eye on my exposures it makes the people I’m photographing start feeling insecure… and it shows”.

This portrait, captured at the National Harbor in Prince George’s County, Maryland, was taken under circumstances made for the likes of the newest addition to Moshe Zusman’s lighting arsenal: the Profoto B2 Off-Camera Flash.

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