On May 22, we asked you to submit images that we can show in our booth at this year’s Photokina trade fair. The response was better than we ever could have hoped for. We got way more images than we can show and we consequently had to choose just a few. The final selection consists of images from previous blog participants as well as images from you, our readers.
We will present these images continuously here on our blog, right up until Photokina begins. Stay tuned. And to all those who shared their work with us – thank you! It is truly inspiring to see the stuff you create with the help of our gear.
Michael Muller was one of the very first photographers we wrote about on our blog after it went global last summer. That was not a coincidence. We wanted to show something that knocks you off your feet. And that is exactly what Michael’s images do.
“I first experienced the power of photography when I used my Minolta to take a picture of an image of a shark in National Geographic” Michael laughs. “I showed the picture to my friends, and I told them that I’d shot the image myself. They were amazed: oh, wow! No way!” Still amused, Michael goes on. “They just couldn’t believe I’d taken such an amazing image – which I hadn’t!”
Today, however, Michael is evidently capable of shooting his own shark images. This particular image was shot with two Pro-7b generators.
Michal Korta was one of many who replied to our request for images to show in our booth at Photokina.
“I do mostly portraits, for magazines, publishers and advertising agencies,” says Michal. “I also do some non-commercial stuff that is shown in galleries. I also teach portrait photography at Nikon Academy in Poland.”
Can you tell us something about the images you sent us?
“This project is a mixture of the two kinds of photography that I do: commercial and non-commercial. I basically combined all the techniques I’ve learned from doing beauty shoots with the ambition of capturing a model’s face in a new way. The helmet was used to cover parts of her face and to create something unexpected in the picture.”
How did you light it?
“I used three Profoto ComPacts. Two ComPact 600 and one ComPact 1200. They are really reliable monolights, and it’s kind of a pity that you don’t make them any more! These were equipped with three different Light Shaping Tools, as you can see in my lighting diagram.”
See more of Michal’s work at his website.
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