Posts Tagged ‘Collapsible Reflectors’

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

Written by Andrea Belluso on . Posted in The Light Shaper

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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

Rossella Vanon Does Fashion Photography with Zero Flashes

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Fashion Photography

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Using the silver side | ©Rossella Vanon

Fashion photography is commonly associated with studio strobes and intricate lighting setups. But it doesn’t have to be like that. You can do it with a single Collapsible Reflector. Fashion photographer Rossella Vanon did just that. Keep reading to learn how.

Rossella Vanon wanted to portray a woman in rough unison with the earth she walks on. To achieve this, Rossella decided to keep her lighting natural and straightforward, working with available light and Collapsible Reflectors only.

“I wanted the woman to look at ease and confident in the nature around her,” says Rossella. “I wanted her to look almost like a warrior, like someone who not only lives in the rough land, but also loves it to the degree that she is willing to fight to protect it. But at the same time, I wanted to keep the feel of the shoot feminine, elegant and ‘fashion’, so to speak.”

That was the image that Rosella had formed in her mind. All the later decisions regarding aspects such as location, styling and lighting were based on this idea. Read More

How to Do a High-Key Portrait

Written by Oleg Ti on . Posted in Lighting Tips

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Profoto Oleg TI high-key portrait

©Oleg Ti

Photographer Oleg Ti knows light. He also knows how to share that knowledge. In this post he’ll use the D1 monolight to show us how to do a high-key portrait. It’s good stuff. Keep reading.

Many photographers just starting to work in the studio attempt to solve the difficulty of a well-lit high-key portrait by increasing the amount of light sources. They keep adding more and more softboxes, reflectors and umbrellas in their quest for a glossy and shiny portrait.

In my opinion, that isn’t the best approach. The main advantage of working in the studio is that you’re in absolute control of the light. You control the amount of light sources, the position of the light sources, the character of the light, etcetera. So rather than just adding more and more light sources, you should divert your focus to getting each and every light source to do exactly the thing you want it to do.

Personally, I always try to use as few light sources possible.  I also prefer using hard lights to get extensive and concise pictures. So, here I’ll show you how to create a high-key portrait using four hard light sources.

Let’s begin!

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Flash Photographer Tobias Björkgren Tries Shooting with Collapsible Reflectors Only

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Fashion Photography

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©Tobias Björkgren

Winter is coming to Stockholm. Every day we’re getting less sun hours. So, what to do when you got a bunch of new Collapsible Reflectors to try out? Well, you go to Spain, of course! That’s what Tobias Björkgren did.

While in Spain, Tobias did two fashion shoots for two different brands. He did one shoot for Swedish designer Frida Ahlvarssson’s label Ahlvar and one for the conceptual brand NHORM. The shoot for Ahlvar was done in the afternoon in Cartagena with the town’s beautiful architecture as backdrop. The shoot for NHORM shoot was done in the countryside in the setting sun amongst red colored sands stones.

Tobias, who usually shoots with Profoto flash packs, says he enjoyed the simple yet creative approach that shooting with the Collapsible Reflectors only brought.

“It was real treat,” he says. “I usually work with at least one but often several flash heads. Being able to create any light you want is, of course, an incredible thing. But it can also be a bit bewildering to have all the options at hand. It’s easy to get lost in technology. Shooting with Collapsible Reflectors only resulted in a different workflow. I found myself being more spontaneous with my model and my light. I was never afraid to try a new angle or just take a few steps around the area and quickly set up a new shot. Needless to say, they were also very easy to travel with.”

Below are the final images and two behind-the-scenes videos from Tobias’ trip to Spain – one from Ahlvar shoot and one from the NHORM shoot.

If you want to see even more Tobias work, check out his website.

If you want to learn more about our Collapsible Reflectors, click here.

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Fstoppers Reviews our Brand New Collapsible Reflectors

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Review

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The very first review of our brand new Collapsible Reflectors has been published. It is the good people over at Fstoppers that have tried and tested them. And they like them.

The review was done by photographer David Bickley, who brought the Collapsible Reflectors and two models with him to a luxurious apartment for some beautiful portraiture work.

David starts the review by saying:

“A reflector is a reflector. Right? That was my first thought when I was asked to be the first to review Profoto’s new line of collapsible reflectors. ”It’s a reflector, are you serious?” I mean come on, in what possible way could this be any different from everything else I’ve used? A reflector is a reflector. However, obviously I said yes and here we are…and I was wrong. So very, very wrong.”

He concludes with saying:

“Overall I love this line of collapsibles. They are sturdy, comfortable and easy to control even for the inexperienced on set. I really just want to give the design team a big high-five for doing so well where every other reflector design has fallen short.”

Head over to Fstoppers for the full story.

We also recommend checking out David’s beautiful website.

If you want to learn more about our Collapsible Reflectors, head over to our website or check out our latest Light Shaping Tool of the Month piece.

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