Next week I’ll be teaching another Profoto Webinar. We’ll be looking at the many looks of the 1-light portrait. Learning how to work with a single source of light is critical to becoming an accomplished studio portrait photographer. Working with a single light simplifies things, it removes the distractions of shadows and highlights that are created from other light sources. It allows you to focus on shaping the light using position of light and various Light Shaping Tools. We’ll be covering all of those things in the webinar, but in this article I want to focus on one thing: the position of your light. Read More
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The 5 most popular stories on the Profoto Blog in January includes breathtaking shots of racing cars, stunt bikes caught midair, ballet dancers shot on location and a Japanese greeting card … with a horse.
So you have a priceless Porsche race car to photograph for an ad campaign and you have to make it look like it’s driving really fast, but space is tight and you left your stunt driver at home. So how do you get the shot of this car driving fast while parked?
Cincinnati-based fine art and commercial photographer Aaron Conway was challenged to introduce the city’s ballet to a new and younger audience. His solution? Shoot the ensemble dancing in a location where the kids actually hang out.
Shooting portraits on-location can give you terrific results. If the light is right things are a snap, but what happens when we have less than ideal conditions? With a bit of knowledge, and the right tools, you can even shoot outside at almost any time of day!
We’ve already posted behind-the-scenes videos with the B1 off-camera flash shot in Italy, the US, France and Spain. Now add to that a Japanese video, featuring a jumping motorcycle rider caught midair.
New Year’s Day postcards are a big thing in Japan. But Tokyo-based photographerIrwin Wong took it further than most, bringing his entire team, a horse and a bunch of B1 off-camera flashes out in the forest.
Which one was your favorite? Leave a comment below and we’ll do our best to find more like that!
On Monday we return with a brand new Light Shaping Tool of the Month piece. (Hint: it’s a collapsible tool that ends with “mbrella”.)
Have a great weekend.
Shooting portraits on-location can give you terrific results. If the light is right things are a snap, but what happens when we have less than ideal conditions? With a bit of knowledge, and the right tools, you can even shoot outside at almost any time of day. A few months ago I was faced with a challenge. I needed to shoot a portrait using soft light the harsh desert light at mid-day. The light was absolutely horrible. Here’s how I tackled the issues.
Step One: Control the Ambient Light.
The first thing I do when shooting on-location is to control the ambient light as much as possible. In this scenario I was shooting in an area with no shade at all. I set up a large translucent umbrella to shade my model. This softened the light and also took my exposure on the model down by about one stop. You can see in this photo that my model is in shade but the background is still in the sun.
I used my light meter to find the correct exposure for the background. In my test shot you can see that the background is exposed properly but my model is underexposed. An underexposed model means I would be able to use my flash to shape the light hitting her. This was shot at ISO 100, 1/200 @ f/11. Read More
Join us and Mark Wallace as we take the new B1 off-camera flash out on location. The webinar will cover topics such as balancing strobes with ambient light, fill-in flash on location, light shaping techniques and other useful stuff for photographers who prefer having mother nature as their backdrop.
The webinar will take place on January 22 at 7PM CET (10AM Los Angeles, 1PM New York, 6PM London, 7PM Paris, +2AM Beijing, +3AM Tokyo, +5AM Sydney).
Click here to sign up, and we’ll send you a friendly reminder when the webinar is about to start!
Our last webinar, in which Mark introduced the B1 off-camera flash and its many unique features, is now available as a recorded video here, in case you missed it.
Last Wednesday we did our very first B1 webinar with Mark Wallace. In case you missed, it was recorded and has now been published as a video.
During the webinar, Mark presented the unique features of the B1 off-camera flash, such as its groundbreaking TTL function, its 100% cordless operation and its impressive power and speed. He also tried using it for a few different lighting setups, and did his best trying to answer the questions that came pouring in through the chat and Twitter. The video that came out of it is about an hour long and jam-packed with good stuff.
For your information, Mark will do more of these B1 webinars during the coming months. He will then focus less on the product on more on what you can actually do with it.
The next webinar is scheduled for January 22. But more info about that later.
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