Posts Tagged ‘Softbox RFi 5′ Octa’

Neil van Niekerk on His Favorite Light Shaping Tool: the Softbox RFi 5′ Octa

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Lighting Tips

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Photographer Neil van Niekerk has a great blog. If you haven’t checked it out already, you should. It’s a great place to learn about lighting.

One of Neil’s most recents posts is titled “my favorite light modifier” and is basically a long love letter to the Softbox RFi 5′ Octa – a large, octagonal and extremely versatile softbox.

“When I first unfurled that thing in my studio, my reaction was, “holy crap, this is huge!” writes Neil. “My studio is 1000 sq ft, which is large, but you know, that’s also not that large. I was wondering if I should just return this to the camera store, and whether my 3×4 soft box would suffice.

“Then I started using the 5′ Octa softbox, and something clicked for me – one more thing fell into place for me in my understanding of light. My reaction turned from that perplexed, “holy crap!”, into a “holy smackeroni!” when I realized that the 5′ Octa is probably the single most versatile piece of lighting gear in my studio!”

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

Zhang Jingna Walks Us Through a Commercial Photo Shoot, from Request to Postproduction

Written by Zhang Jingna on . Posted in Instruction

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Have you ever wondered how a commercial photo shoot is done? Well, wonder no more. Today, photographer Zhang Jingna will walk us through the entire process, from request to postproduction. Here is how it works, in Jingna’s own words:

One of the most frequently asked questions I receive is how a commercial photo shoot is done. In this post I’ll be doing a little walkthrough of the steps involved in one of my typical productions, from pre-shoot to final product. Whether you’re an upcoming photographer or just a hobbyist, I hope it sheds some light on the behind-the-scenes and you will find it an interesting read.

Before I start, I should also mention that typically for major clients, there is usually a large team of people working on a campaign. In those instances an executive producer will handle everything related to preparing the shoot, and thus often, all that’s needed of the photographer is to prepare his treatment (more on that in a bit), show up, and shoot.

However, for many other jobs, it’s becoming increasingly popular these days for the photographer to quote and execute the full-scale production of the photoshoot themselves. This post will cover a project’s process on this scale. Read More

Aaron Conway Dances with The D1

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Fine Art Photography

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Cincinnati-based fine art and commercial photographer Aaron Conway was challenged to introduce the city’s ballet to a new and younger audience. His solution? Shoot the ensemble dancing in a location where the kids actually hang out.

Different photographers have different needs and different preferences. There are quite a few who value being able to shoot fast and on the fly. But there are also photographers such as Aaron Conway who prefers taking it slow and getting deep into the details.

“Patience is essential,” says Aaron. “Taking the time to build the right set and working on the lighting is critical. I’m always my worst critic and have realized that if you rush a shot you’ll always see it in the image.”

It is a surprising stance, considering some of the stuff that Aaron shoots. For instance, getting deep into the details seems to be a difficult thing to do when shooting the bustling activity of the Cincinnati Ballet.

“I like working with images that have more focused lighting,” replies Aaron when asked about the thinking behind his lighting setup. “There may be fill lights or accent lights, but I try to always have a strong main light in my images. I’ve always been drawn to images in which you can see the direction of the light. I think it creates an identity in the image, as if you were looking through the photographer’s eyes, seeing what they see.” Read More

Rod Mar’s Soccer Shoot

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Sports Photography

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This is probably the first time we post a full-blown ad that was not done by ourselves.

It is the good people at Glazer’s Camera in Seattle, who together with photographer Rod Mar did their very own promo video for the Pro-B4 battery pack.

The session was captured in the video above by videographer Ty Migota, showing Rod and his team getting some great action shots of soccer athletes with the Pro-B4, a 5-foot Reflector and a bunch of other Profoto gear.

It is an ad, yes. But we thought you might like it.

You can see more of Rod’s work at his website.

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Jeremiah Stanley Brings the New RFi Speedlight Speedring to a Rodeo in Florida

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Portrait Photography

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On October 1, Profoto released a new speedring that makes the RFi softboxes compatible with speedlights of most brands. Jeremiah Stanley brought it with him to shoot some cowboys at a rodeo in Florida. Here is his story.

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “Florida”? We are guessing it is not cowboys, right? But that is something Jeremiah Stanley wants to change with his most recent portrait series.

“A 45 minute drive from where I live there is a small town called Williston where the western culture is very prominent, “ says Jeremiah. “People wear cowboy hats, there are tractors on the roads – they even have rodeos, which obviously isn’t something you’d normally associate with Florida. So, the idea was to go to this rodeo, set up some seamless and take some nice portraits of these nice people and this fascinating culture.”

Jeremiah had already started planning the shoot when he stumbled across our blog post asking for volunteers to try a not yet released Light Shaping Tool for speedlights. The announcement sparked Jeremiah’s interested, and the email he sent us sparked ours. Two weeks later he arrived at the Williston rodeo with the then yet to be released RFi Speedlight Speeding and a brand new Softbox RFi Octa 5’ in his bag. Read More