Posts Tagged ‘Softlight Reflector White’

Brad Trent’s Completely Different Meeting With John Cleese

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Portrait Photography

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© Brad Trent

Brad Trent, proud owner of Damn Ugly Photography, has since the age of 25 worked with some of the largest newspapers and companies in the world. He has also had the good fortune to shoot some famous faces over the years. Latest in line: Mr. John Cleese for The Wallstreet Journal

In a recently published article on his blog, Brad shares the story of how he met the comedy icon at a midtown hotel in New York to shoot some portraits in a room no larger than your average walk-in closet.

Brad wanted a close-up portrait that would capture Mr Cleese’s wide range of expressions. He added a Softlight Reflector White, a large softbox for fill and a small strip light on the background for separation. The setup was apparently quick and easy, and Mr Python was soon free to show off his many face expressions.

“I began calling out various characters of his and sketches he was known for, and he immediately knew where to take it,” Brad writes.

Head over to Brad’s blog Damn Ugly Photography  for the full story (and the full range of facial expressions).

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How to Shoot with TTL When the Weather Keeps Changing

Written by Jared Platt on . Posted in Lighting Tips

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How to Shoot with TTL When the Weather Keeps Changing

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On September 17, Profoto and photographer Jared Platt will host a free webinar on how to shoot with TTL when the sun comes in and out of the clouds. To get you in the mood for the webinar, Jared has written an article on the topic. Enjoy!

Although I learned flash in a completely manual world, complete with light meters and distance charts, TTL (Through The Lens) flash metering has been around for a while now. We have come to expect it on any on camera flash and with the help of radio and infrared, some companies have even taken the TTL metering off camera.

Basically, TTL technology allows the camera and the flash to have a conversation about the appropriate power of the flash for any given exposure. Not all TTL systems are excellent at this, but the Profoto B1 off-camera flash and the Air Remote TTL-C (for Canon) and the Air Remote TTL-N (for Nikon) do a fantastic job communicating with the camera and come up with very accurate results.

On September 15, 2014, Profoto is releasing Air Remote TTL-N for Nikon, so we took it on location with a Nikon D800 and two B1 off-camera flashes for a 100% TTL photo shoot on location in the desert lakes of Arizona.

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Nature Photographer Jasper Doest’s First Experience with the B1 Off-camera Flash

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Animal photography

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Nature Photographer Jasper Doest's First Experience with the B1 Off-camera Flash-1

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Fashion photographers, commercial photographers, product photographers – they all shoot with flash. Amongst nature photographers, on the other hand, the use of flash is less widespread.  But Jasper Doest shoots with flash. And he just tried the Profoto B1 off-camera flash. Here is what he has to say of it, in his own words:  

In the field of nature photography, there’s still some hesitance against the use of artificial light sources. I don’t agree with this. Just as long as you use your flash in an appropriate way.

Try to practice balancing the light on a stuffed animal or a human model. You’ll notice that if you point your flash directly at your model at full power he or she is not going to be happy. It could even cause temporarily eye damage. So be careful with this. Another reason why you do not want to do this is that it creates very harsh flat light. Artificial light is meant to control the quality of light, not as a compensation for lack of light quantity. When you learn how to control the quantity and to balance the light from the right angles you will find that using a flash unit in a natural environment does not cause any problems for you and the welfare of the animals.

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How to Do a Norman Rockwell Inspired Shoot in the Studio

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Lighting Tips

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The iconic illustrations of American artist Norman Rockwell are a source of inspiration for many photographers. Want some tips and trick for how to create your own Norman Rockwell-inspired shot? Then keep reading, as Joey Carrapichano is about to share what he knows of the subject.

“I’ve always admired Norman Rockwell,” says Joey Carrapichano. “His illustrations are so vivid. The kids in them make the most amazing expressions. These expressions are a great source of inspiration for me. It’s something I try to also capture in my own photographs.”

Traces of Joey’s admiration for the American artist can be found in his own colorful, comic book-like photographs. The image above is a nice example of that. So how did Joey create that shot, you might ask?

For starters, unlike what you might think, the image was not shot on the beach but in Joey’s studio in Hamburg, Germany.

“It often rains here in Hamburg,” says Joey. “That’s why we decided to shoot in the studio and composite the background and the wall in Photoshop. We had a tight deadline and couldn’t risk delays because of bad weather.”

Tight deadlines and limited time frames were also the reasons behind Joey’s decision to shoot one kid at a time.

“I love photographing kids,” he says. “They’re always such a joy to work with. But they do loose interest quickly, which means you have very little time to get your shot. Because of this, I decided to photograph one kid at a time. I already knew what expression I wanted each kid to do, so I just figured it was better to nail one at a time, and then put them all together.

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The Story Behind the Accidential Yet Award-winning Portrait of the Queen of Sweden

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Portrait Photography

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©Rickard L. Eriksson

Rickard L. Eriksson was asked to take the Queen of Sweden’s portrait. Doing so, Rickard accidentally managed to catch the Queen off guard and got an award-winning portrait in the process. Keep reading for the full story.

Queen Silvia of Sweden recently celebrated her seventieth birthday. The anniversary was to be commemorated by a lavish tabletop book, documenting the Queen’s life as a professional woman. The book would, of course, feature portraits of the Queen – portraits that Rickard L. Eriksson was asked to shoot.

“My first thought was to create images that felt natural yet styled,” says Rickard. “Differently put, I wanted the images to feel documentary yet royal. However, getting that documentary feel is easier said than done when working with royalty. In most cases you’re allowed very little time to do your job, which means you’ll most likely end up with a formal portrait of a posing person. But in this case I was lucky enough to spend some time with the Queen. I believe this created a much more relaxed and personal vibe on the shoot.” Read More