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Brent Lewin Brings his Flash Pack to the World’s Largest Camel Fair

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Portrait Photography

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Brent Lewin is a documentary photographer whose images can be seen in publications such as National Geographic, New York Times and Newsweek. Based in Hong Kong now as a staff photographer with Bloomberg, Brent’s driving spirit is his curiosity. He wants to explore and meet new people, learn their stories and share them with the world. Here is one such story, shot and written by Brent himself.

These portraits were shot in India’s Rajasthan state during the Pushkar camel mela. Each year at the time of the Kartik Purnima full moon, up to 20,000 camels descend on the sand dunes surrounding Pushkar to take part in the world’s largest camel fair.

The men in these photos are Rabari, a nomadic community found in Rajasthan and Gujarat whose identity, going back to the time of creation, is linked to the camel. The story goes that the goddess Parvati created a 5-legged animal out of clay that resembled a cow. She asked her husband Shiva to give life to the animal but he remarked that it looked odd and wasn’t practical. So he took the fifth leg and pushed it upwards through the body so there was a bump on the top of the torso. The hump on a camel is believed to be the top of the leg. If you look at the underside of the camel they have a small-calloused bump that looks like a foot, which is believed to be the foot of the leg poking out. After life was given to the camel Parvati asked who would care for this animal. So Shiva rubbed his chest and used his dried skin to make a small puppet. He mixed some milk from the banyan tree with the puppet and it was given life and this is how the Rabari were created. Read More

Neil van Niekerk Reviews the Profoto B1 Off-camera Flash

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Off-camera Flash

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Yesterday, we posted the very first field test of the Profoto B1. Today, we post the second.

This time it’s New York-based photographer Neil van Niekerk who is taking the Profoto B1 for a spin. Neil brought the B1 with him to a number of on-location portrait shots and tried a few different setups along the way. The image above was shot using just a single B1 and a Softbox RFi 1×3′. But Neil also tried working with several light sources, using larger softboxes and hard reflectors, shooting indoors and outdoors, and tried switching back and forth between TTL Mode and Manual Mode. In short, it’s a proper test drive!

“So what was the experience of using the Profoto B1 units on photo shoots on location?” Neil asks rhetorically. “In short, they deliver! I am very impressed. I want!”

Head over to Neil’s blog for the full story.

Neil van Niekerk Shoots a Vintage Motorbike in an Alley

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Portrait Photography

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Ok, so it is not the first time we highlight a post on Neil van Niekerk‘s wonderful blog, but as long as he keeps serving us gems such as this, we will happily pass them along to you guys.

This time Neil takes us behind the scenes of a recent shot for his upcoming book on portrait photography 60 Portraits.

“I photographed a few sequences of John and Barbara with this motorbike, using different setups,” writes Neil. “I liked this dramatic series the most, with the light from behind casting a shadow in front of them. I wanted the light to etch the frame of the motorbike and side-car, without revealing too much detail – I wanted this to be a portrait of John and Barbara.”

Neil needed only two lights to achieve this effect: an AcuteB2 equipped with a Magnum Reflector and a D1 equipped with a Softbox RFi 3×4′.

Head over to Neil’s blog to learn how he did it. You won’t regret it.

Lighting Ingredients with David Bicho

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Lighting Tips

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 Lighting Ingredients with David Bicho

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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

The Light Shaper: The Supermodel 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. He is usually available to answer any questions you might have, but as he is on a much deserved vacation at the moment, we cannot guarantee the he will reply instantly.

This month’s setup: The Supermodel Setup

Perfect when: You happen to have a supermodel in front of your camera.

But also whenever: You want a clean, fresh and flattering light.

The assignment: Swedish beauty magazine Daisy Beauty contacted me to photograph their cover featuring supermodel Caroline Winberg. Caroline is known for numerous campaigns for Valentino, Versace, Oscar de la Renta, Escada, Armani, D&G, Rolex, Chloé, Ralph Lauren and many others as well as for several Vogue covers. In other words, it was a pretty exciting assignment that I didn’t think long before accepting. In addition to the cover, I was to also shoot some images to illustrate an article about her in the magazine. The pictures had to be shot on a white background and have a fresh and dynamic feeling portraying Caroline’s beauty and character.

The setup: I wanted a setup that would work for the cover shot as well as for the full-length pictures for the article to give continuity to the picture story. Also, I wanted a light that was soft but with a bit of extra punch and a bit of character though keeping within the lines of commercial lighting that was required by the client. Can you guess what I used? Read More