Posts Tagged ‘Lighting Tips’

How to Build Up a Dramatic Night Portrait in 5 Simple Steps

Written by Jared Platt on . Posted in Lighting Tips

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Today, Profoto and photographer Jared Platt will host a free webinar on how to take dramatic night portraits. To get you in the mood, Jared has written a post on the topic. Enjoy!

I am a documentary wedding and portrait photographer mostly, so a lot of the work I do requires me to shoot a lot of images very quickly.  Commercial work and editorial portraits allow me to slow down and focus on getting one shot.  It is a wonderful change of pace from weddings, almost like a little holiday…

For today’s webinar, we shot a series of portraits with one overarching rule: we could only use the two lights that come in the new Profoto B1 Location Kit.  But we wanted to further challenge ourselves by photographing at night.  The photo here is one of the many shots we acheived with piano rockstar Kevin Burdick.  Unlike the other images we made in the city, this shot was shot on a very dark soccer field out in suburbia farmland.  To get our intended shot, we had to “build” the shot out in stages.  Here’s how we did it.

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Making the Best Use of One Flash on Location

Written by Jared Platt on . Posted in Lighting Tips

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On May 21, Profoto and photographer Jared Platt will host a free webinar on senior portraits and how to make the best use of one flash on location. To get you in the mood for the webinar, Jared has written a short article on the subject. Here it is, in his own words: 

So you only have one light on location.  Most of the time that is all you really need, because in truth, you always have at least two additional lights, courtesy of the solar system and the planet earth.  The sun provides a direct, harsh light and the portion of the sky, opposite the sun, provides a beautiful soft light. Your off-camera flash you brought along with you can do a lot to augment your lighting scenario, but how do you best use that flash? Most people use their flash to fill. Whether they are using a softbox, an umbrella, a reflector, or a bare head, the light is generally placed somewhere forward of the subject to fill in, add catch lights, or cross light a subject.  But sometimes, that one off camera flash can be more useful in a less traditional location.

Consider the three images above from a senior portrait shoot at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Phoenix, Arizona.  We had plenty of shade and you can see the harsh light of the sun peeking through the trees, creating a beautiful dappling of highlights in the background.  The eastern sky behind the camera is providing the beautiful soft light that illuminates the background and the subject evenly.  In a situation like this, one could get away with a natural light portrait (as seen in image 1).

By the way, the final image exposure is at 1/160 sec ISO 320 at f 4.5 on a Canon 5D Mark III.
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Our Webinar on How to Create a Beautiful Light in Harsh Conditions Was Recorded and Is Now Available as a Video

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Webinars

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On April 23, we did a live webinar with Jared Platt on how to create a beautiful light in harsh conditions. Did you miss it? No worries. The webinar was recorded and is now available as a video.

This was our first webinar with our new webinar host Jared Platt. In this episode Jared heads out into the Arizona desert and shows us how to light it properly in the harsh Arizona sun.

“If you can light it in the Arizona desert, you can light it anywhere,” he says.

Profoto hosts free webinars once a month. Click here to sign up, and we’ll send you a friendly reminder when the next one is about to start.

For more information about the B1 off-camera flash and the other Light Shaping Tools Jared is using in this video, click here.

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How to Do a High-Key Portrait

Written by Oleg Ti on . Posted in Lighting Tips

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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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3 Things Every Photographer Should Keep in Mind for a Beautiful Light in Harsh Conditions

Written by Jared Platt on . Posted in Lighting Tips

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Profoto beautiful light Before After B1 Off Camera Light Jared Platt 600x400 3 Things Every Photographer Should Keep in Mind for a Beautiful Light in Harsh Conditions

On April 23, Profoto and photographer Jared Platt will host a free webinar on how to create a beautiful light in harsh conditions. To get you in the mood for the webinar, Jared has listed 3 things every photographer should keep in mind when shooting in harsh conditions. They are, in his own words: 

Most challenging lighting conditions can be overcome with just one off-camera light.  The Arizona desert at high noon, can be one of the most difficult scenarios to tame, with the sun glaring down from a clear blue sky and no natural shade to be found.  This is my every day situation on location.

But with some location scouting, a little attention to the sun’s position and a well placed off-camera light, a tough situation gives way to beautiful light.  Below are a three simple steps to managing harsh light with a limited arsenal of lighting equipment. Read More