“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!”
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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.
“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!!!”
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Andrea Belluso is an experienced photographer with more than three decades in the business. Over the years, he has shot everything and everyone from supermodels and celebrities to fashion, beauty and stock photography.
Once a month Andrea shares one of his most recent setups. (Previous setups can be found here.) This month he is stepping up the game by presenting his very first The Light Shaper video. Hope you like it!
Setup: The Magazine Cover Setup
Perfect when: Shooting a famous singer
But also when: You want a soft and crispy light
The assignment: I was asked by beauty magazine Daisy Beauty to do a cover shoot with Swedish singer Emilia de Poret. The brief was simple: keep it simple but try to make the image stick out of the crowd of commercial magazine covers. The editor specifically asked for a portrait with a bit of a sidelight, but with a nice beauty feeling to it and not over the top. Emilia is known for her immense wardrobe of designer clothes, so she styled herself for the shoot. (more…)
Martin Häusler was born in Germany, but somehow ended up in L.A., shooting larger than life celebrities in his glossy yet gritty signature style. One of his most recent shoots was with rising teen pop outfit R5, fronting Ross Lynch from Disney superstar factory Austin & Alley.
“The client wanted to show that R5 is a Californian act, so choosing an outdoor location at sunset felt like a natural thing to do,” says Martin. “To make the band look cool and bit more rock, I came up with the idea of shooting them next to a classic old American car. Yes, I know it’s something of a cliché, but teenage pop groups are cliché. You’ve got to give their fans what they want, right?”
In terms of lighting, what did you want to achieve?
“I wanted to have the low Californian sun as my back light, as I think it creates such a nice vibe, plus it looks really cool when it shines through a person’s hair from that angle. I also wanted a hard front light and a couple of highlights and hotspots to emphasize the car, the shoes, and etcetera.” (more…)
Bucharest-based Vali Barbulescu was the first Eastern European photographer to lay his hands on the new Fuji X100S camera. Vali, who wanted to seize the opportunity to do something out of the ordinary, decided to bring the camera and a model to his studio and shoot with Profoto lights.
“This camera is normally used for street photography and documentary-styled images due to its fixed 35mm lens, but I organized everything like I do when using medium format or DSLR cameras,” says Vali. “The setup included Profoto lights, as I find them to be a very important factor for delivering professional results. I triggered the flashes with a PocketWizard Plus II and I could sync up to 1/500s at f/2 with no problems. The fast aperture was intended to emulate the looks and feel of a full frame system. I wanted the images to look as professional as possible and not just like some random snaps with a retro-looking camera. But I have to say, the Fujinon lens is a very good piece of glass. Pairing it with the X-Trans II sensor and the Profoto lights gave me the freedom to work unconstrained.” (more…)