Posts Tagged ‘Portrait Photography’

Shutterbug’s Profoto B1 Off-Camera Flash Review: “The Battery Design and Capacity are exemplary.”

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Review

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Shutterbug is a magazine dedicated to serious photo enthusiasts and working professionals. Recently, Shutterbugs’s staff writer Steve Bedell put the Profoto B1 Off-Camera Flash and the Air Remote TTL-C to the test. Read his review to learn what he thinks about them. 

“Like all Profoto gear, the B1 lights and accessories are built to take years of hard use,” writes Shutterbug’s Steve Bedell. “I particularly like the lamp head design where you just throw a cap on it and you don’t worry about breaking anything. The battery design and capacity are exemplary.”

Steve wanted to try the B1 Off-Camera Flash and Air Remote TTL-C on location. Doing so, he tried a few different setups. For instance, he did one in Atlantic Gymnastics in Dover, New Hampshire, where he used two B1 Off-Camera Flashes, one Umbrella Deep White L and his Air Remote TLL-C.

His conclusion?

“The Air Remote TTL-C controller is so simple to use that you’ll be off and running in five minutes. Once you get used to using it, the integration of radio control plus TTL makes everything else seem like old tech.”

“They set up quickly and can get you accurate exposures with little effort on your part. With the cost of top-of-the-line speedlights going for $550 to $600 with only a fraction of the power, the B1 lights make economic sense for many applications. If you have the need and the budget, these lights should be high on your shopping list.”

Click here to read the detailed review at Shutterbug’s website.

If you want to learn more about Profoto B1, click here

Tobias Björkgren Brings Our Brand New Octa Softbox To A 400-Year-Old Castle

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Fashion Photography

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A new softbox has been added to Profoto’s growing assortment of RFi Softboxes. It is an octa softbox. A four-foot octa to be precise. Not too big, not too small. Just perfect. Swedish photographer Tobias Björkgren has tried it out. Here is his story.

Ulfsunda Castle in Sweden is old. More than 100 years older than the United States in fact. Built in 1647 during The Thiry Year War, the castle has seen its fair share of historical figures and events.

Latest in line is the world’s first shoot with our brand new octa softbox: the Softbox RFi 4’ Octa. The shoot was done by Swedish portrait and fashion photographer Tobias Björkgren. As historic events go, it might not be able to compete with royal declarations and weddings. Still, we think it deserves its own story.

I shot at Ulfsunda Castle because I wanted to create a feeling of indifferent luxury,” says Tobias. “The model Vanessa Hulot is French and I knew the styling would be quite elegant, so I wanted to play off that. But I didn’t want it to get too serious. It should be like “hey, I live in a castle but I don’t care!

That said, I didn’t want it to get too nice and clean,” adds Tobias. “That is why I wanted to add an element of surrealism to the equation. I didn’t just want elegance. I wanted it to feel a bit dirty and cool too.”

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Our Webinar on How to Use Light as An Element Was Recorded and Is Now Available as a Video

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Videos

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On October 22, we did a live webinar with Jared Platt on how to use light as an element in real weddings. Did you miss it? Don’t worry. The webinar was recorded and is now available as a video.

In this webinar, Jared Platt show you how to light all those different situations that can happen during a wedding. You will also get to see what tools Jared is using.

Profoto hosts free webinars once a month. The next one is scheduled for November 19. 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.

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On A Faraway Beach With Sandra Åberg & The New Profoto Umbrella Deep

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Portrait Photography

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Six new umbrellas have been added to the growing family of Profoto umbrellas. The new umbrellas are unique in that they are small and lightweight yet deep and parabolic. Photographer Sandra Åberg has tried out the medium version. Here is her story.

Sandra Åberg shoots fashion. And weddings. Sometimes one at a time, sometimes both at once.

When I first started, people told me I couldn’t do both. They told me you have to choose. But you should never tell me what I can or cannot do because then I just have to prove that I can do it!

“So, now I’m a fashion and a wedding photographer. Some call it Bridal Couture, which I kind of like.

Sandra enjoys the variation. It keeps her on her toes, she says.

“The fashion photography aspect brings such creative freedom. It’s something I’m very passionate about. The wedding photography, on the other hand, is very much about capturing a special moment or an event. But I do my best to be creative here too. If possible, I want my wedding shots to be like a bridal editorial, telling the story of the couple and their undying love.”

 

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Victoria Will’s Moment With Brad Pitt. The Story Behind a Celebrity Portrait.

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Portrait Photography

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New York-based photographer Victoria Will faced a challenge. She was in a small room with noting but floral wallpaper, a huge table and some chairs. In a few minutes time Brad Pitt would enter the room to have his portrait taken. Here is how she did it. 

The Shoot

It was 2013 and Brad Pitt was in New York City to promote his new movie World War Z. Journalists and photographers had been invited to a press junket at local hotel. One of them was celebrity photographer Victoria Will. “These kinds of shoots are always a challenge,” says Victoria. “They don’t tell me what kind of room we’ll shoot in, what clothes the subject will wear or how much time we’ll have.”

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