Posts Tagged ‘Magnum Reflector’

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

© 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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Muse Muse Travels Light Through Europe With the B1 Off-Camera Flash

Written by Sasha Hallin on . Posted in Off-camera Flash, Videos

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Wedding photographer Muse Muse travels from Hong Kong to the Swiss Alps to the carnivals in Venice and further on to Paris with a B1 Off-Camera Flash and a Magnum Reflector as his most trusted traveling companions. Join him on his trip in this beautiful, sun kissed video.

A lot of people have welcomed the concept of traveling light. Using Profoto, you could say that Muse Muse is one of them.

Equipment-wise, the Hong-Kong based wedding photographer brought nothing but his Canon camera, an Air Remote TTL-C and a B1 Off-Camera Flash with a Magnum Reflector with him on his trip through Europe. This lightweight lighting solution allowed him to travel with ease all the way from his hometown to the bright sun at 2,300 m above sea level in Switzerland, with a pit stop on a volcano cliff sunset in Santorini, further on to shooting mysterious masquerades in the shadowed alleys of Venice without any hassle, eventually ending up shooting young couples in the city of love – Paris.

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Jeffery Salter Shoots Dancers At Bahia Honda Rail Bridge

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Videos

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Jeffery Salter is as passionate about his personal projects as he is about his commercial jobs. For this project, for example, he brought two dancers to Bahia Honda Rail Bridge to explore the relationship between people and beautiful architecture.

Jeffery Salter describes his photographic style as “cinematic with a touch of whimsy.” He draws inspiration from surreal artists, mostly painters, and from the cinema. “I keep my eyes open even when I don’t have a camera with me,” he says.

Jeffery, who has travelled the 127 mile long road in the Florida Keys many times, is fascinated by the Key Bridges – a series of bridges which connect the forty-three islands. He had since long wanted to do a personal project about them. Now was the time.

“Its combination of structural strength and graphic lines create a surreal sense of beauty,” replies Jeffery, when asked what is so special about the old Bahia Honda Rail bridge. “It’s magnificent in sheer functionally. You know, it has withstood extreme weather conditions, even hurricanes,” he explains.

The idea behind the project was to put the bridge’s long lasting grandeur and strong graphic lines in contrast with the fleeting moment of grace and soft curves of a dancer. “I wanted to marry the lines in the bridges to the lines of the human form,” he says.

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How Alexis Cuarezma Got 4 Different Looks in 1 Minute with 1 Lighting Setup

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Portrait Photography

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San Francisco-based photographer Alexis Cuarezma was asked to shoot the US Men’s National Soccer Team for Sports Illustrated. The catch? He had only one minute with each player, and in that time he wanted to get not one but four different shots of each player. Impossible, you say? Nope. This is how he pulled it off. 

To complicate things further, the shoot was a three-part assignment.

The first part was the one already mentioned – the one where Alexis wanted to get four different shots of each of all 23 players in the US Men’s National Soccer Team.

The second part required Alexis to shoot a portrait of Clint Dimpsey AKA Captain American for the magazine cover.

The third part was a group portrait of all the German players that plays for team USA.

To complicate things even further, the shoot took place in the middle of nowhere on asphalt where there was no shade and no mains outlets.

So how did Alexis do it?

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