Nature Photographer Jasper Doest’s First Experience with the B1 Off-camera Flash

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Animal photography

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Fashion photographers, commercial photographers, product photographers – they all shoot with flash. Amongst nature photographers, on the other hand, the use of flash is less widespread.  But Jasper Doest shoots with flash. And he just tried the Profoto B1 off-camera flash. Here is what he has to say of it, in his own words:  

In the field of nature photography, there’s still some hesitance against the use of artificial light sources. I don’t agree with this. Just as long as you use your flash in an appropriate way.

Try to practice balancing the light on a stuffed animal or a human model. You’ll notice that if you point your flash directly at your model at full power he or she is not going to be happy. It could even cause temporarily eye damage. So be careful with this. Another reason why you do not want to do this is that it creates very harsh flat light. Artificial light is meant to control the quality of light, not as a compensation for lack of light quantity. When you learn how to control the quantity and to balance the light from the right angles you will find that using a flash unit in a natural environment does not cause any problems for you and the welfare of the animals.

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Breed’s & Bogdan Morozovskiy’s Profoto B1 Video Review: “The Profoto B1 is a must have.”

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Review

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Breed is a website dedicated to providing up-and-coming fashion photographers with the right tools and knowledge to make it to the top. This includes doing reviews of the latest and greatest gear to hit the market. Their lastest review? A Profoto B1 video review.

Breed’s Profoto B1 video review is best described as a conversation between two photographers who have both tried and tested the B1 in the field.

“I’m not a gear junkie,” writes Breed writer Dana Pennington. “But when Profoto announced the B1, I knew it was going to be a game changer. It is.”

“Definitely something in a completely new league of lighting,” adds his friend and photographer Bogdan Morozovskiy, who did a field of the B1 in the desert east of Los Angeles.

Click here to watch the full review at the Breed website.

Walk Through a Wedding, Part 9: Shooting the Reception Details in a Time Crunch

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Wedding Photography

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Walk Through a Wedding is a yearlong video series in which we get to follow wedding photographers Justin & Mary Marantz as they set out to capture a young couple’s most special day.

The series consists of 20 videos. Each video reveals the story and the lighting setup behind a certain image. In this episode, Justin & Mary share some tips and tricks on how to shoot the reception details fast and easy.

“In those situation, it’s absolutely crucial that you have a setup that is both really portable, can give you great light, and also that you don’t have to spend a ton of time dial in the settings,” says Mary Marantz. “With the B1 and the TTL function, we can move really quickly, shoot a lot of different angles, and we don’t have to spend too much time with our camera, changing the settings.”

Previous episodes of Walk Through a Wedding can be found here. The next video will be released on July 21.

 

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“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.

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

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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.