Posts Tagged ‘Softlight Reflector White’

Mark Kensett Jumps off a Roof with the Pro-B4

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Commercial Photography

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When Mark Kensett was asked to shoot a series of promotional images for a UK dancing school, he decided to bring the students with him to a roof top and have them jump off it. (No it’s not as bad as it sounds.)

The Northern Academy for the Performing Arts is a school for dance, drama and musical theatre skills, located in the city of Hull in northern England. The school is thriving community, far from many peoples view of old dancing schools, and Mark wanted to somehow show that. His solution? Bring the kids up on the roof and let them dance. Sort of.

“I thought the flat roof was large enough and the architecture interesting enough to get an eye catching image,” writes Mark on his blog. “But could we get a sense of drama? My original idea was to create a parkour inspired image, run along and off a pitched roof, it was safe in every sense of the word. “Why don’t we jump off the roof?” they [the dancers] replied. Well if you’re sure… So, five dancers, two Pro-B4 packs, three ProHead Plus heads, Magnum Reflectors and a Softlight Reflector and away we went.”

You’ll find the final images plus some behind-the-scenes shots below.

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


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Francesco Ridolfi Shoots Chess Portraits with the D1 Monolight

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Fine Art Photography

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Chess Portraits is the name of a series of images by Francesco Ridolfi, an Italian fine art photographer who uses chess pieces and the D1 monolight to explore the duality of human nature.

Chess Portraits is a personal project of mine”, says Francesco. “It’s not something a client asked me to do. I just had this reoccurring idea of humanizing the pieces of a chess board.  Inside each and everyone of us there are opposing forces that pulls us in different directions. There’s brightness and darkness. Good and evil. Black and white. My idea was to use chess pieces to explore this dualism.”

How did the project evolve from idea to planned shoot?

“Like I said, this was a personal project, so it was up to me and my team to take care of all the details – designing the costumes, researching what fabrics to use, creating the objects, casting the models, planning the shoot, the post production, everything! It was all very interesting, but what really got me excited was the opportunity to explore the duality I mentioned before. I was intrigued by the possibility to put each character under a different light, so to speak!” Read More

Victoria Will’s Three Minutes with Al Pacino

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Portrait Photography

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There are no second chances in celebrity photographer Victoria Will’s line of work. For instance, she had only three minutes to get the shot with Al Pacino. But she nailed it. Read the story and learn how.

“This kind of shoots are always a challenge,” says Victoria. “They don’t tell me what kind of room we’ll shoot in, what clothes the subject will wear or how much time we’ll have. Well, they say ten minutes. They always say ten minutes. But you never get it. It’s like a final exam every single time.”

Victoria’s shoot with actor Al Pacino was no exception. All she knew beforehand was that the shoot would take place in a certain hotel at a certain time.

“So, I did what I always try to do. I showed up a couple of hours early. As it turned out, the shoot would be done in the penthouse in a very ornate, luxurious hotel. It looked like Versailles. This was a bit of a problem, as I wasn’t shooting Louis XIV. I was shooting Al Pacino. You don’t put Al Pacino against a floral fabric.” Read More

Michael Corsentino Tests the B1 Off-camera Flash for Resource Magazine

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

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One of the very first field tests of the B1 off-camera flash has dropped, courtesy of San Fransisco-based wedding photographer Michael Corsentino and Resource Magazine.

Michael brought two B1 off-camera flashes, an Air Remote TTL-C and two Beauty Dishes with him to Brooklyn, New York, to, as he eloquently puts it, “create magic with these game-changing lights.”

“There are so many things to love about the B1!” he writes. “First and foremost – TTL (through the lens metering) on a robust 500 watt second head. TTL does the heavy lifting for you, determining a rock solid exposure on the fly, allowing you to simply set up your lights and shoot. This means you can work intuitively without metering or worrying about technical issues. If you are technically inclined, no worries, the B1 has a full Manual Mode feature set as well. Profoto calls the B1 an Off-Camera Flash because it fills the void between handheld flashes and Monolights. By any name it’s a first of it’s kind and definitely a welcome addition. It would take approximately 10 Speedlights to equal the output of 1 B1 and Monolights don’t have TTL. Enter the B1!”

Head over to Resource Magazine’s website for the full story. You should also check out Michael’s website.

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Alexia Sinclair Photographs Jenny Kee, the Waratah Queen

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Fine Art Photography

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You can hardly blame Australian fine art photographer Alexia Sinclair for being a couch potato. Her recent portrait of fashion designer Jenny Kee is yet another proof of that.

Using only a Pro-8, a single Pro Head equipped with a Softlight Reflector White and a Collapsible Reflector, the portrait might not be as meticulously detailed as the shots Alexia is famous for. But being seven months pregnant and suffering from the side effect of carpel tunnel numbness, and still heading out into the wilderness for an on-location portrait – you have to admire that level of dedication.

Alexia writes:

“Recently, with the roaring fires of the Blue Mountains, I felt compelled to spend a day on the hot and smoky mountain, building a set of Australian natives and wildflowers for a portrait of famed Waratah Queen, Jenny Kee. With every leaf and petal in place, it withered in the fiery heat before the next was in place. This sense of hardship is quite at home in the dry bushland of the Blue Mountains and this latest shoot became a challenge that required unremitting perseverance and hope as I muttered… we haven’t done a single easy shoot this year!!!”

Head over to her website for the full story.


Profoto Alexia Sinclair Jenny Kee Alexia Sinclair Photographs Jenny Kee, the Waratah Queen

©Alexia Sinclair