Posts Tagged ‘Pro-7b’

Sports Photographer Jed Jacobsohn Deals With Pranksters and Seagulls

Written by Jens-Linus Lundgren-Widén on . Posted in Portrait Photography, RFi, Sports Photography

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Sports photographers run in to all sorts of problems during a shoot. Witty athletes are probably not the most severe of them. Jed Jacobsohn tells a story of how he got pranked by American football player Marshawn Lynch.

Taking editorial portraits of top performing athletes is like shooting a-listed film stars or royalty. They are busy people and they don’t have much time to spare for photography shoots. There’s often a tight schedule where you need to fit in, especially since the writer usually steals most of the time from the subject.

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Rising Light: Sam Wallander at RIT

Written by Harley Anderson on . Posted in Rising Light

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Rising Light is a monthly article series highlighting promising photography students from all over the world. In this forth article we meet Sam Wallander, at the Rochester Institute of Technology, who is in constant search for his next narrative.

Born and raised in Cincinnati Ohio, Sam Wallander entered the Rochester Institute of Technology, better known as RIT, at the urging of one of his high school teachers. Sam has a background in art and he believes the nature of photography goes hand-in-hand with his previous illustration interests. He says the photographic process truly resonates with him and feels, for lack of better words, natural.

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How Dan Bannister Created His Evocative Portraits of Lighthouse Keepers

Written by Jens-Linus Lundgren-Widén on . Posted in Portrait Photography

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Commercial photographer and filmmaker Dan Bannister matched scenic archive photographs with green screen portraits. The result is a series of ethereal and evocative portraits of lighthouse keepers. We had a little chat with Dan to learn how he did it.

Even though in his professional career, he has focused mainly on portraiture and lifestyle advertising work, when going through his archive, Dan Bannister realized that he had a lot of landscape images – of lighthouses in particular.

Growing up on the east coast of Canada, Dan has always had an affinity for the sea and the characters that live and work on the Atlantic Ocean. Recognizing this, a new idea for a personal project arose.

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Here’s How Ian Ruhter Created His Celebrity Portrait

Written by Ian Ruhter on . Posted in Portrait Photography

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In a recent video, entitled The Making of a Celebrity Portrait,  wet plate maestro Ian Ruhter made us question the celebrity culture and how we perceive ourselves. In this post Ian will show you how the portraits were done. Here is the story, in his own words.

The #iamthecelebrity project aims to gain a fuller picture of what we look like today, through our own self-portraits. This idea of creating a self-portrait was presented to me by my friends at Profoto. The idea morphed into something greater, because I was a bit weary of making a self-portrait of myself. We made a video showcasing this journey, entitled The Making of a Celebrity Portrait. The title speaks to the images that influence our own image everyday and how we portray ourselves.

What we wanted to do is to create a tighter photograph than we usually make. This meant we were going to build an entirely new camera. After discussing this with my crew we came up with the idea of turning our office into a camera. This would give us a lot more space to work within.

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Gregory Heisler Photographs a Crowd of 3.000 People with 3 Profoto Strobes

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Commercial Photography

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For the one-year anniversary of the bombing at the Boston Marathon, Sports Illustrated did a special cover, including 3.000 Bostonians standing united at the site of the tragic event. American Photo has interviewed the guy who got the shot. His name is Gregory Heisler and here is how he did it.

“It wasn’t a technical kind of picture,” Gregory Heisler tells American Photo’s Stan Horazcek. “It was more about being able to get a response from the crowd.”

There has apparently been some debate regarding if the cover image was lit or not. Horazcek, of course, asks about this. Heisler replies:

“All we used to light up that entire crowd were two Profoto heads. They were battery-powered Pro-7Bs. They’re 1200 watt strobes and we had them powered down to about half-power.”

“I had another light about a half a block away doing the same exact thing on the back half of the crowd,” he then adds. “It wasn’t like I had a main light and a fill light. They were both doing the same thing in different areas.”

Heisler also comments on his choice of Light Shaping Tool, which he describes as “the secret weapon in the Profoto lineup.” Can you guess what it is?

Head over to American Photo’s site for the full story.