Posts Tagged ‘Lighting Tips’

Our Webinar on Matching Strobes with Available Light Was Recorded and Is Now Available as a Video

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Instruction

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On September 17, we did a live webinar with Jared Platt on how to match strobes with available light on location. Did you miss it? No worries. The webinar was recorded and is now available as a video.

Profoto hosts free webinars once a month. The next one is scheduled for October 22. Click here to sign up, and we’ll send you a friendly reminder when the next one is about to start.

All previous webinars are also available on the same page. There is one on dramatic night portraits, one on senior portraits and one on how to create a beautiful light in harsh conditions, to name just a few examples.

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

And have a nice weekend!

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How to Build Up a Complex Lighting Setup Indoors

Written by Jared Platt on . Posted in Lighting Tips

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On August 27, Profoto and photographer Jared Platt will host a free webinar on how to build up a complex lighting setup indoors . To get you in the mood for the webinar, Jared has written an article on the topic. Enjoy!

In the past few blog posts, I have discussed lighting outdoors, on location. Each time I arrive in a location, I am imediately looking for the existing light to set the mood of the shot, which means I am always scouting out the best locations and choosing the optimal time for the perfect direction and quality of light. While the process changes a bit on an indoor shoot (where I am manufacturing all of the light), the basic concepts don’t change all that much.

In our next webinar, we will discuss a shoot that occurred in a boxing ring in a hip old warehouse/gym/bar in Phoenix, Az, called The Duce. We chose this location for the shoot because it would require us to manufacture the light for the entire scene. While this required more lights and more set up, the principles of lighting the scene are no different than if we we’re outside. Instead of arriving on location and looking for the existing light, I arrived on location to a poorly lit warehouse and imagined the existing light in my mind and then reproduced it with one B1 off-camera flash and the appropriate Light Shaping Tools.

This first light sets the mood for the photograph, just like the sun’s existing light sets the mood and lighting direction on an outdoor shoot, only now we completely control our “sun.” Once the mood is set by our first light, we begin to build in the other lights one at a time to achieve the final finished image.

On this shoot, we are using four Profoto B1 off-camera flashes in manual mode.

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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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Triptych Jared Platt Profoto Making the Best Use of One Flash on Location

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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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