Posts Tagged ‘Softbox RFi 1×6′’

Lighting Ingredients with David Bicho

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Lighting Tips

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 Lighting Ingredients with David Bicho

©David Bicho

Those of you who have read our flipbook for portrait photographers are already familiar with David Bicho’s stunning images of a model covered in food ingredients – oil, salt, flour, cocoa and licorice, to name just a few. Still, we think the images are too good to not share with the rest of you. Enjoy, and big ups to David for sharing his work and expertise with us!

“It wasn’t about the food,” says David. “The real reason was that I wanted to shoot one face but with different textures. I’ve always been fascinated with how different a face can look depending on how you light it, and I wanted to explore this phenomenon further by experimenting with different facial textures.”

As with most experiments, David did not know exactly what to expect. For instance, he soon learned that oil and salt do not mix very well. Instead, what was supposed to become a beautiful, crystal texture ended up looking like a skin disease. Ingredients such as flour, cocoa and licorice, on the other hand, turned out even better than he had hoped for.

Obviously applying flour, cocoa or licorice creates very different textures. Still, if we look at the portraits David shot, he evidently managed to maintain a consistent look and feel throughout the entire series.

So how did he do that? The short answer is: with lighting. Read More

Lighting Details with Tim Wallace

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Videos

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Shooting a car does not necessarily mean shooting the entire car. According to renowned car photographer Tim Wallace, it is just as important to take a step closer.

“One of the big things that we spend a lot of time doing is shooting the actual element of the car, the detail,” says Tim. “It’s part of the personality of the car. It defines, really, what that car is. And when we look at shooting detail, light really does come into its element.”

One of Tim’s favorite techniques when shooting detail is to create contrast by bringing a softbox up close – a technique he talks about in this video.

When you are done watching the video, click the “more” button for a selection of Tim’s incredible work with car details.

You should also check out the designated Tim Wallace page at the Profoto website. Here you will find another two videos with more striking images and insightful tips and tricks. Read More

Light Shaping Tool of the Month: Spot Small

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Fashion Photography

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Each month we highlight a certain item in Profoto’s rich assortment of Light Shaping Tools. (Previous articles can be found here.) This month we talk to Marco Fazio about a clever little tool that can be used for creating theatrical lighting effects: the Spot Small.

You can learn a lot about most Light Shaping Tools by just their names. Take the Spot Small, for instance. The Spot Small is a spotlight – a small spotlight. Well, it is not actually a spotlight, but rather a tool with a built-in lens, which you attach to a flash head to create a spotlight-like light.

The result is an even and circular light spread with sharp shadows and almost no fall-off. This makes the Spot Small the perfect projection tool. For instance, it can be used to project shapes and patterns on a background. It is for this reason that the Spot Small was made to accept M sized (66 mm) gobos. But you can of course also use put the spotlight to creative use as it is. The images London-based photographer Marco Fazio shot for Italian designer Carlotta Actis Barone is a great example of the latter.

“Carlotta explained to me that her collection was inspired by the early Twentieth century, the woman’s emancipation movement and the growing awareness of femininity,” says Marco. ”This gave us the idea to work with a spotlight and to use it as a symbol for the woman’s changing status in society during this time. In other words, we wanted to light the subject with a hard and very defined light with sharp shadows, as if she was standing in the limelight on a stage.”

There are several tools that can create this kind of light – the MultiSpot and the ZoomSpot, for instance. But these tools have the flash head built-in and have to be connected to a generator. Marco, on the other hand, wanted to work his D1 monolights. This meant that he needed a projection tool that is mounted directly onto the D1, and the Spot Small is in fact optimized for this very purpose. Read More

Tim Wallace Lights a 40 Meter Yacht with a Single ProTwin Head

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Videos

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Photographer Tim Wallace is not only known for his powerful and evocative images of prestige cars, but also for his exceptional understanding of how light works.

“For me it’s always been about light and experimenting,” says Tim. “ It’s always been about trying to get a story across. I always think that one single image should make a statement.”

Needless to say, this knowledge is applicable to any type of photography. In this video, for instance, Tim talks about how it came into play during a shoot of a massive yacht, when he used a single ProTwin Head equipped with a Magnum Reflector to overpower the sun in broad daylight and light up the entire rear of the yacht. He then takes us onboard and reveals how he bounced flash with a Softbox 1×6 RF.

When you are done watching the video, click the “more” button for a selection of images that proofs Tim that truly understands light.

You should also check out the designated Tim Wallace page at the Profoto website. Here you will find another two videos with more striking images and insightful tips and tricks.

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Tim Wallace Shows How to Light a Car in Five Simple Steps

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Videos

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Lighting a car is not easy. Cars are big, they are reflective and they have almost no flat surfaces. Luckily for us, Tim Wallace, who some call the world’s greatest car photographer, is happy to share some invaluable tips and tricks with us.

“When lighting a car it is always best to start very simple, don’t over-engineer it, and build your light up gradually,” explains Tim, who used four Pro-B3 battery generators, two Zoom Reflectors, two Softbox 1×6′ RF and an Air Remote to create the image below.

Take five minutes off and learn from one of the best in the industry how to do it yourself. You will not regret it.

You should also check out our designated Tim Wallace page at the Profoto website. Here you will find another two videos with striking images and insightful tips and tricks. Read More