Posts Tagged ‘Magnum Reflector’

Andrea “The Light Shaper” Belluso Creates the Hardest Light Possible

Written by Andrea Belluso on . Posted in The Light Shaper, Videos

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Andrea Belluso is an experienced photographer with more than three decades in the business. Every now and then, Andrea takes us behind the scenes of a recent shoot to share some of the knowledge he has gained over the years. This time we get to join him on a sunny beach in Dubai, using a selection of Hard Reflectors to create a super hard light.

Shooting cars has never been my thing. I shoot a lot of fashion, beauty and lifestyle, sometimes portraits and editorials too. But cars? No.

So when Gulf Photo Plus contacted me and told me that Cadillac Arabia wanted me to do a commercial job for them, I hesitated. Sure, they wanted fashion and lifestyle like pictures. But there obviously needed to be a large, shiny car in the image too. This was definitely a job way outside my comfort zone.

But then I started thinking. I’ve been a photographer for more than three decades now. I understand light. I know how to light. All I had to do was to apply that knowledge to a slightly different situation. I would be like a little lighting adventure! Plus, leaving your comfort zone is good, right? If I wanted to take the safe route, I would’ve listened to my mother’s advice and chosen a different career path all those years ago…

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Zhang Jingna’s Top 10 Fashion Photography Lighting Tools

Written by Zhang Jingna on . Posted in Commercial Photography, Fashion Photography

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© Zhang Jingna

© Zhang Jingna

We believe that you love the work of fashion and fine art photographer Zhang Jingna as much as we do. Her previous articles have covered areas such as commercial shoots, personal projects and tips on how to break into fashion photography. This time she will talk about her favorite tools and how she uses them. Here is the story, in Jingna’s own words. 

In my previous article on how to break into fashion photography, I mentioned a few lighting modifiers frequently used in the industry. In this piece, I would like to provide some examples of those modifiers used in my work, and also share with you my thoughts on a range of other equipment that I favor in the studio. I hope you will find this article helpful!

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On to Light Shaping: How Laurent Hini Turned a Parisian Street into a Studio

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Videos

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On to Light Shaping is a new video series in which get to see 18 renowned portrait and wedding photographer create magic with Profoto Off-Camera Flash. In this video we join photographer Laurent Hini as he captures a series of images of a love story in Paris. When you are done watching, click here to see the rest of the series.

Paris-based photographer Laurent Hini started out as a photojournalist. But it did not take long before he discovered that this profession did not allow him to fully control the final result. He was left to capture things as they were. Unsatisfied with this, Laurent decided to change direction. Today, he does portraits, fashion and commercial jobs – shoots that allow him to shape and control light. And he has never looked back.

Laurent’s recent portrait of a young couple is part of a series of images exploring a blossoming love story in Paris. This particular shot was to be the last one in the series. As such, Laurent wanted to do something out of the ordinary, something a bit more complex. This meant that he needed a lighting solution that was portable enough to be taken out on to the streets of Paris, but also versatile enough to turn his choice of location into something of an outdoor studio.
To overcome this challenge, Laurent brought the new Profoto Off-Camera Flash system. He had a B1 Off-Camera Flash, three B2 Off-Camera Flashes and, perhaps most importantly in Laurent’s case, an assortment of Light Shaping Tools.

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Kelly Pratt Uses Profoto B1 to Create Hard Shadows

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Videos

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Kelly Pratt, a husband and wife photographic team, had a vision: A vision of a ballet dancer, straight lines and shadows falling across her body. This vision required a large studio space and great lighting techniques. Luckily they had both. 

The team wanted to capture an elegant and modern look and to show off the dancer Vanessa’s grace and strength. With everything they had in mind, they realized that it wouldn’t be easy. First off, to create the lines falling across the wall, they needed to make an 8 foot cookie (a device to cast shadows patterns or silhouettes). They set up their trusted Profoto B1 Off-Camera Flash, and by simply moving it around they were able to change the direction and stretch of the shadows.

To be able to create hard and dramatic shadows they needed to place the flash far away and visualize how the shadows would fall on the dancer. “The modeling light on the B1 was especially helpful for this setup”, writes Kelly.

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How Stefan Tell Created His Smoky Portraits with Ring Flash and Beauty Dish

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Portrait Photography

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© Stefan Tell

How does a smoke machine affect the light on the model? Swedish blogger and photographer Stefan Tell knows. He decided to bring one into his studio for a portrait session of the Swedish music band, A Swarm of the Sun. Here’s the result. 

Stefan Tell considers a smoke machine to be a really cheap and easy way to turn a small photo studio into an infinite one. As a matter of fact, he didn’t change much of the lighting settings at all. The effect of the smoke made the portraits feel totally different.

For main light he used a Profoto D1 250 Air, equipped with a Softlight Reflector White and grid and was placed diagonally from the top left of the camera. He attached a Profoto Acute Ring Flash to his camera, connected to the Acute B600R, and equipped with a WideSoft Reflector. On the opposite side, behind the musicians, stood another Profoto D1 500 equipped with a Magnum Reflector and created an edge light and illuminated the smoke/fog from behind.

“By using three Profoto lights I was able to get a nice portrait light as well as highlighting parts of the haze in the studio so that also became a visible part”, says Stefan.

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