Posts Tagged ‘Acute2’

How Jonathan Menga Used Flashes and Smoke Machines to Make His Neighborhood Park Look Like a Forest

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Fashion Photography

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One day when Jonathan Menga was out walking in his neighborhood, he fell upon a baseball park he hadn’t really noticed before. Jonathan’s mind started working. Soon, he had an idea. With a clever use of gelled flashes and smoke machines, he would be able to turn the small park into something else. 

A few days later, Jonathan returned with a model, an assistant and a make up artist. In his gear bag was two Profoto Acute2 packs, two Acute/D4 Heads, a speedlight, a Softlight Reflector and a bunch of colored gels.

“I wanted these forest photoshoot images to have some sort of mood to them and give off a story,” writes Jonathan on his blog.

Jonathan had some help from the weather conditions. It was a cloudy day and the trees were dark. The mood was further enhanced by the gelled flashes and the smoke machine that Jonathan had brought.

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Goran Ljubuncic Creates Contrasty Light with Soft Light Sources

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Fashion Photography

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©Goran Ljubuncic

©Goran Ljubuncic

Fashion photographer Goran Ljubuncic uses soft light sources to create a light that is rich in detail and contrast. “I know this may sound strange but it’s definitely doable,” says Goran. Read the story and learn how.

Like many other photographers, Goran Ljubuncic’s career started almost by accident. For a high school assignment that involved photographing the area in which he lived, 16-year-old Goran borrowed his father’s thirty-year-old camera, and a few hours later his passion for photography had taken hold. Fast-forward another 14 years, and Goran is working as a fashion photographer in Tel Aviv.

Do you have any specific tips and tricks for working with light as a fashion photographer?

“Yes. Don’t forget there’s a reason it’s called fashion photography. Your most important task is to properly convey the features of the product. Sometimes a soft light is the right way to go, and sometimes a harsh and contrasty light is the best option. Having said that, I think that regardless of the type of lighting you’re working with, you still need to preserve a minimum of texture to depict the products in the proper way. Another important aspect of fashion photography is that your pictures need to communicate. They need to evoke an expression from the viewer. Again, this is where your light kicks in since it’s one of the most important factors for determining the mood in the image.” Read More

Jonathan Menga Shares His Thoughts About the Acute2

Written by Gordon Andersson on . Posted in Review

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Photographer Jonathan Menga decided it was time to buy some Profoto lights and the decision fell on the Acute2 1200 with Acute/D4 Heads. On his blog he writes about why he chose Profoto and the Acute2.

“The Profoto Acute2 quickly became my go-to pack due to its small size, its extensive options to precisely control the light at a 6 f-stop range, and it only weighs 9lbs.  This pack is relatively easy to carry around on trips and doesn’t take much space to store,  and offers symmetrical and asymmetrical light distributions, with the A channel having more output than the B.”

Another thing he points out is the “ready to go to war design” before he later goes in to details about how the generator holds up when shooting.

Interested in some real world thought about the Acute2? Head over to Jonathan’s blog!

Light Shaping Tool of the Month: Hardbox

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Fashion Photography

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©Jan Gonzales

©Jean Gonzales

Each month we highlight a certain item in Profoto’s rich assortment of Light Shaping Tools. (Previous articles can be found here.) This month we talk to Belgian photographer Jean Gonzales about an often-overlooked tool: the Hardbox.

As the name suggests, the Hardbox is the opposite of a softbox. In other words, the Hardbox creates a harder light with sharper shadows than any other Light Shaping Tool. Mount it onto your flash head or ProDaylight 200 to eliminate all stray light and create a pinpoint-sized light source that is as close to direct sunlight as you can come in a studio environment.

Antwerp-based fashion and portrait photographer Jean Gonzales is quite familiar with the Hardbox’s unique ability to emulate sunlight. It is also the main reason why it is one of his favorite tools to work with.

“I was browsing the web one day when I came across these gorgeous photographs shot in broad daylight in a desert outside of Los Angeles,” says Jean. “I instantly knew that this was something that I wanted to try myself, but we obviously don’t have that kind of weather here in Belgium, so I had to look for another solution. Pretty soon I came across the Hardbox.” Read More

Brad Trent: Your Own Portable Sun

Written by M. Gertz on . Posted in Portrait Photography

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Connie Brown | © Brad Trent

Connie Brown | © Brad Trent

It’s been a while, but we’ve featured Brad Trent’s excellent blog, Damn Ugly Photography, before. If you’re curious, Brad came up with the name for his blog when asked to fill out the name of his business at the New York Photo Expo. He posts a ton of behind-the-scenes content of what he’s working on and mixes it up with daily music posts as well.

Recently, he shot artist Connie Brown for The Wall Street Journal in her studio. Brad wanted “a bright, airy look,” but when he got on location, the studio was in shade. What to do? Set up your own sun!

Brad used a Magnum Reflector on an Acute2 as well as a standard reflector outside two of the studio’s windows. He writes that they “were amazed at how realistic the results were.”

Read the full post on Damn Ugly Photography and check out more of Brad’s work at


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