“The Light Shaper” Battles the Forces of Nature with Flashes and Collapsible Reflectors

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Andrea Belluso is an experienced photographer with more than three decades in the business. Once a month, Andrea takes us behind the scenes of a recent shoot to share some of the knowledge he has gained over the years. Today, we join him on a challenging on-location shoot where the forces of nature seem to conspire against him.

There are days when the whole world seems to smile upon you. But there are also days when the forces of nature seem to conspire against you. This shoot belongs in the latter category…

The shoot was done at Långtora Airfield outside Stockholm, which is the airfield where my gliding club is based. The look we were going for was a modern version of the flying ladies of the 1940s. Quite a few of the classic Hollywood stars flew gliders. The particular glider we were borrowing for this shoot was used by the Danish air force during the 1940s to train fighter pilots. Some people at the club claim that the gilder was once flown by Greta Garbo. But that fact is still to be verified…

Lighting-wise, we planned to shoot with sunlight and Collapsible Reflectors only. I wanted a subtle and natural backlight in the images, and Collapsible Reflectors are great for that. The fact that Profoto offer ten different Collapsible Reflectors in six fabrics (black, white, silver, sunsilver, gold and translucent) would be helpful, as that allowed us to create different light characters and moods by simply replacing one Collapsible Reflector with another.

That was the plan. But as it turned, the forces of nature refused to cooperate. Read More

Gregory Heisler Photographs a Crowd of 3.000 People with 3 Profoto Strobes

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Commercial Photography

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For the one-year anniversary of the bombing at the Boston Marathon, Sports Illustrated did a special cover, including 3.000 Bostonians standing united at the site of the tragic event. American Photo has interviewed the guy who got the shot. His name is Gregory Heisler and here is how he did it.

“It wasn’t a technical kind of picture,” Gregory Heisler tells American Photo’s Stan Horazcek. “It was more about being able to get a response from the crowd.”

There has apparently been some debate regarding if the cover image was lit or not. Horazcek, of course, asks about this. Heisler replies:

“All we used to light up that entire crowd were two Profoto heads. They were battery-powered Pro-7Bs. They’re 1200 watt strobes and we had them powered down to about half-power.”

“I had another light about a half a block away doing the same exact thing on the back half of the crowd,” he then adds. “It wasn’t like I had a main light and a fill light. They were both doing the same thing in different areas.”

Heisler also comments on his choice of Light Shaping Tool, which he describes as “the secret weapon in the Profoto lineup.” Can you guess what it is?

Head over to American Photo’s site for the full story.

How to Do a Norman Rockwell Inspired Shoot in the Studio

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Lighting Tips

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 How to Do a Norman Rockwell Inspired Shoot in the Studio

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The iconic illustrations of American artist Norman Rockwell are a source of inspiration for many photographers. Want some tips and trick for how to create your own Norman Rockwell-inspired shot? Then keep reading, as Joey Carrapichano is about to share what he knows of the subject.

“I’ve always admired Norman Rockwell,” says Joey Carrapichano. “His illustrations are so vivid. The kids in them make the most amazing expressions. These expressions are a great source of inspiration for me. It’s something I try to also capture in my own photographs.”

Traces of Joey’s admiration for the American artist can be found in his own colorful, comic book-like photographs. The image above is a nice example of that. So how did Joey create that shot, you might ask?

For starters, unlike what you might think, the image was not shot on the beach but in Joey’s studio in Hamburg, Germany.

“It often rains here in Hamburg,” says Joey. “That’s why we decided to shoot in the studio and composite the background and the wall in Photoshop. We had a tight deadline and couldn’t risk delays because of bad weather.”

Tight deadlines and limited time frames were also the reasons behind Joey’s decision to shoot one kid at a time.

“I love photographing kids,” he says. “They’re always such a joy to work with. But they do loose interest quickly, which means you have very little time to get your shot. Because of this, I decided to photograph one kid at a time. I already knew what expression I wanted each kid to do, so I just figured it was better to nail one at a time, and then put them all together.

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How Fashion Photographer Rossella Vanon Created Her Smoking Hot Portrait

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Fashion Photography

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Fashion photographer Rossella Vanon has created a smoking hot, eye-catching portrait. Want to learn how she did it? 

Ask a bunch of established photographers for advice, and many of them will tell you to spend more time on your personal projects. Letting your creativity run free is a great way to remind yourself why you fell in love with photography in the first place. More importantly, you might just come up with some clever ideas that you can apply to your commercial work.

London-based fashion photographer Rossella Vanon’s smoking hot portrait is a clear evidence of that. This particular personal project started when an American model friend who was visiting London and wanted to update her portfolio contacted Rossella. By coincidence, an Australian makeup artist contacted her at the same with the same inquiry. So the three decided to get together and do something out of the ordinary. Read More

The Question that Got Portrait Photographer Rémi Chapeaublanc to Get on a Motorbike and Drive to Mongolia

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Portrait Photography

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French portrait photographer Rémi Chapeaublanc travelled all the way from Paris to Mongolia, driven by the desire to find the answer to a deceptively simple question: “who is this person standing in front of me?”

“I often end up doing projects which are kind of crazy,” says portrait photographer Rémi Chapeaublanc. And he is not exaggerating. After having his motorcycle license for just two weeks, he packed his camera, an AcuteB2 battery pack, an Air Sync and an RFi soft box, and started driving towards Mongolia.

After he had reached his destination and spent some time with the Mongolian people, an idea started to form in his head. He was going to take their portraits, one by one, with the same process and the same setup. The idea was that by keeping it simple, he would be able to focus on the person in front of the camera, see beyond the surface and ask himself: “who is this person?”

An inspiring ambition and a great testament to the power of portrait photography.

See more of Rémi’s work at his website.

 

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