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Light Shaping Tool of the Month: Snoot

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Commercial Photography

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Each month we highlight a certain item in Profoto’s rich assortment of Light Shaping Tools. This month we talk to Canadian photographer Jonathan Menga about a simple yet fun and creative tool: the Snoot.

The Snoot is such a simple design that it is easy to overlook the possibilities it brings. The Snoot is basically just a metallic cone that you attach in front of your Zoom Reflector with the help of the Grid & Filter Holder. Unlike most hard reflectors, the Snoot has a black, non-reflective inside and a bunch of angled corners designed to prevent the light from bouncing around inside it. This means that the Snoot prevents any reflected or diffused light from hitting the subject. The only light shining through its opening is the direct light coming straight from the flash tube. This results in a direct and hard light with a very limited light spread.

This can be used for a great number of things. Some photographers use it in a more subtle way. For instance, they might want a certain detail highlighted in their product shot or the darker parts of a portrait, let us say the hair, slightly brighter and more detailed. But there are also photographers like Jonathan Menga who use the Snoot in a way so that its effect becomes directly visible. Check the first image above. Notice something strange? Yeah, how come the stripes are fading away in the guys face? Right, that is the Snoot in action! Read More

The Light Shaper: The Punk Setup

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in The Light Shaper

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Andrea Belluso is an experienced photographer with more than three decades in the business. Over the years, Andrea has shot everything and everyone from supermodels and celebrities to fashion, beauty and stock photography. In addition, Andrea works as a light shaper evangelist at the Profoto headquarters in Stockholm.

Once a month Andrea shares one of his recently used setups. (Previous setups can be found here.) He is also available to answer any questions you might have. Just leave a comment or tweet us at @Profoto

This month’s setup: The Punk Setup

Perfect when: You are lighting girls with safety pins in their ears

But also whenever: You want a flattering light with attitude

The assignment: When the international make up brand Make Up Store asked me to do a beauty story on the theme of punk, I couldn’t help but thinking of my own past as a drummer and one of the first punks in London. Those were the days…

I also started thinking about this young punk girl I’ve seen in the park just two weeks before. She was beautiful and sported the most amazing double Mohican hairstyle I’ve ever seen, and I knew she just had to be my model. I just didn’t how to find her without a name or phone number… Read More

Goran Ljubuncic Creates Contrasty Light with Soft Light Sources

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Fashion Photography

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Fashion photographer Goran Ljubuncic uses soft light sources to create a light that is rich in detail and contrast. “I know this may sound strange but it’s definitely doable,” says Goran. Read the story and learn how.

Like many other photographers, Goran Ljubuncic’s career started almost by accident. For a high school assignment that involved photographing the area in which he lived, 16-year-old Goran borrowed his father’s thirty-year-old camera, and a few hours later his passion for photography had taken hold. Fast-forward another 14 years, and Goran is working as a fashion photographer in Tel Aviv.

Do you have any specific tips and tricks for working with light as a fashion photographer?

“Yes. Don’t forget there’s a reason it’s called fashion photography. Your most important task is to properly convey the features of the product. Sometimes a soft light is the right way to go, and sometimes a harsh and contrasty light is the best option. Having said that, I think that regardless of the type of lighting you’re working with, you still need to preserve a minimum of texture to depict the products in the proper way. Another important aspect of fashion photography is that your pictures need to communicate. They need to evoke an expression from the viewer. Again, this is where your light kicks in since it’s one of the most important factors for determining the mood in the image.” Read More

The Light Shaper: The Futuristic Setup

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in The Light Shaper

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©Andrea Belluso

Andrea Belluso is an experienced photographer with more than three decades in the business. Over the years, Andrea has shot everything and everyone from supermodels and celebrities to fashion, beauty and stock photography. In addition, Andrea works as a light shaper evangelist at the Profoto headquarters in Stockholm.

Once a month Andrea shares one of his recently used setups. He is also available to answer any questions you might have. Just leave a comment or tweet us at @Profoto

This month’s setup: The Futuristic Setup

Perfect when: You want a futuristic, slightly eerie atmosphere.

But also whenever: You want an image dominated by dramatic shadows.

The assignment: When the Swedish men’s underwear company Liias asked me to do an inspirational campaign in a futuristic, Mad Maxish kind of style, I decided the overall feeling should be dominated by shadows. This to give it a modern but somewhat eerish atmosphere. Can you guess what tools I used to achieve this effect?

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Wendy Hope’s Cascading Hair Beauty Shoot

Written by M. Gertz on . Posted in Beauty Photography

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Samantha Xu of MUSE NYC | © 2012 Wendy Hope

Beauty, fashion, and celebrity photographer Wendy Hope combines her sense of fun and whimsy with a super precise and detail-oriented lighting style to create images of unusual beauty. How do you turn hair into a cascading waterfall? Read on for her account of a recent beauty shoot.

The inspiration for this shoot was to create compelling, iconic, advertising-style hair images for my portfolio. I’ve been collaborating with hair stylist Keith Campbell and we wanted to shoot a highly exaggerated, long, clean, and classic straight hair look with multiple highlights and shadows. We also wanted to create an image where the hair appeared to look like a cascading waterfall… of hair. I wanted viewers and potential clients to think, “Wow, that’s amazing, how did they do that?” Read More