Posts Tagged ‘Phase One’

Trigger Your Profoto Flashes Directly from Your Phase One XF At 1/1600 of a Second

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in News

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Last year our friends at Phase One approached us and informed us that they would like to seamlessly integrate our flash system into their camera systems. Now the result is here: the groundbreaking XF Camera System, allowing you to trigger your Profoto flashes directly from your camera back at shutter speeds as fast as 1/1600 of a second.

Most available camera systems have a technical limitation preventing them from being used at shutter speeds faster than 1/250 of a second when using flash. This limitation causes problems when trying to control ambient light, shooting in daylight, and when freezing motion outdoors to name just a few examples.

Profoto provides two different solutions to this problem depending on what system you use.

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Alexia Sinclair Goes Into the Dark Woods and Lights up the Creatures of the Night

Written by Alexia Sinclair on . Posted in Videos

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In the second part of Into The Gloaming, Alexia Sinclair leaves the comfort of her studio in search of a one hundred year old weeping beech tree. With her is a porcelain skinned heroine, a dress made of moths and a bag full of toadstools. The dedication and attention to detail is beyond belief. Here is the full story in Alexia’s own words.

As much as I love set construction and working in the studio (it never rains), some things just can’t be recreated on set, namely a gorgeous one hundred year old weeping beech tree.

With only a week until the tree would lose all it’s leaves (winter is coming, at least in Australia) we had to act fast to manifest this gateway between the real and the surreal.
Shooting on location is all about planning for that 5 minute window where the ambient intersects with the artificial and creates something otherworldly. With that in mind the only question that matters is: When exactly will the Sun be in that 5 minute window? And then how do I make sure that everything is ready for that moment.

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Illuminating the Face on Location With Peter Hurley

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Videos

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In november 2014, Profoto teamed up with renowned photography site Fstoppers and top photographer Peter Hurley to create the definitive video tutorial on how to light a portrait on location.

During these 40 minutes Hurley will guide you through different lighting scenarios and different challenges a portrait photographer might face on location. He uses Profoto B1 Off-Camera Flashes and a selection of Profoto Light Shaping Tools to light men and women of different ages.

Not to brag or anything. But you’d be hard pressed to find a video lighting tutorial covering more than this in 40 minutes.

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Jason Bell Shoots Benedict Cumberbatch & Turns Day Into Night

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Fashion Photography

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Even those of you who haven’t heard the name Jason Bell before have probably seen his images. With a portfolio brimful of portraits of a-list celebrities such as Scarlett Johanson, Johnny Deep and David Beckham, plus film poster for movies such as Love Actually, About a Boy and Bridget Jones, you’d have to been living under a rock for the last decade to miss them.

In the latest video by the good people over at Phase One, we get to join Jason Bell behind-the-scenes on a recent fashion shoot for Vanity Fair involving the lovely actor with the best name ever: Benedict Cumberbatch.

Benedict, who turns out to be an engaged and compliant subject to work with, climbs up a tree and jumps backwards into a murky lake. All in the sake of art.

Jason Bell, on the other hand, uses three powerful Profoto Pro-8 flashes, cranks up the power and overpowers the sun to effectively turn day into night. Photogenic dogs, softboxes and overheated smoke machines also included. Read More

Using Strip Softboxes To Create A Dramatic Portrait on Location

Written by Andrea Belluso on . Posted in The Light Shaper

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Andrea Belluso is an experienced photographer with more than three decades in the business. Once a month, Andrea takes us behind the scenes of a recent shoot to share some of the knowledge he has gained over the years. This time he brings strip softboxes to a murky hangar to shoot an elegant yet dramatic portrait of an old friend of his.

Flying gliders and taking pictures are two of my greatest passions in life. Being able to combine these two passions is even better! So, needless to say, the day I photographed my old friend and flying instructor Peder Ek (who also happens to be a great photographer) at our flying club was a pretty awesome day at work.

As if that wasn’t enough, I wasn’t just taking Peder’s portrait. At the same time, I was also shooting the finest aircraft we have at our flying club – the two-seated glider Dou Discus. She is such a beauty!

Right from the start I knew I wanted the image to be an elegant and timeless yet dramatic portrait of an experienced pilot and his beloved flying machine. In short, I wanted something that made Peder justice. He is a thoughtful and straightforward kind of guy. The image should be the same.

So how did I do that?

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