Posts Tagged ‘Softlight Reflector’

Adventure Photography with Dennis Welsh

Written by Gordon Andersson on . Posted in Sports Photography

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Dennis Welsh is a photographer who seldom takes his pictures in a dark and calm studio. But when he does, he uses Profoto lights to take wonderful pictures such as this.

This image is part of a series Dennis did for sports and outdoor apparel company Hind.

“Each year this client wants to make a different statement with the pictures, this time mixing outdoor settings with studio shots, the latter focusing more attention on the product,” says Dennis in a recent interview for Shutterbug. “In post, we drew the color out of everything except the clothing.” The lighting Welsh used was Profoto, with a Softlight Reflector to illuminate the face. There were also a pair of strobes on the background.”

Head over to Shutterbug for the full story, in which you can read more about how Dennis got started, what gear he uses and how he works.

You should also check out Dennis’ website.

Evelyn Hruby: Beauty in Motion

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Product Photography

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 Evelyn Hruby: Beauty in Motion

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Evelyn Hruby is a product photographer, based in Vienna, Austria. When asked what characterizes her work, she replies: “the pursuit of capturing beauty – beauty in all its facets.” In this particular shoot she was trying to capture the beauty of water in motion.

“I guess it was a combination of luck and destiny,” replies Evelyn when asked how she got into product photography. “About 20 years ago I packed my bags and flew to Los Angeles. The plan was to travel from there through Mexico and South America for about six months, but when I arrived in Venice Beach, I fell in love with the city. One thing led to another, and before I knew it I was studying photography. This was one of the greatest experiences in my life. I’ve always been interested in product photography. I love getting into the details and studying how different textures and colors reflect light in their very own, unique way.

You’ve been working as a product photographer for quite some time now. What would you say are the most important things you’ve learned?

“That it requires good organization, patience and a precise idea of the final photo. Knowing what Light Shaping Tool to use and how to use them in a way that makes the details in the product come alive is also important. But the most important thing of all is, of course, to have fun and love what you do. Then everything else will come naturally.”

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Seth Lowe’s Ice Cream Eaters

Written by M. Gertz on . Posted in Portrait Photography

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Say hello to summer with Seth Lowe’s light-hearted series, Ice Cream Eaters. Seth enjoys the challenges of “photo-booth” style projects like this one, saying that they “really encourage me to talk to strangers, and not be afraid to take risks, or to fail.”

The ice cream shop featured in all the images is actually owned by the family of one of Seth’s friends, in a farm town in central Illinois. Having gone to school in Chicago, Seth found the cultural differences between the city and rural Illinois fascinating. He says, “Some older people had never seen a lot of lights setup or had even had a formal picture of themselves taken before and were a little intimidated, and then some of the kids thought it was like being in a movie or something and were really excited, so it was pretty interesting to meet and photograph these people all day.”

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Art Streiber: Star Wars is Back!

Written by M. Gertz on . Posted in Editorial Photography

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If you ever need to shoot a theater full of Stormtroopers, you know who to call: Art Streiber, master of crazy lighting setups and shoots so complicated they’d make most of us cry. For Wired’s March 2013 issue, Art shot a bevy of Star Wars denizens, including R2D2, Chewbacca, and Darth Vader in some unconventional ways.

In a post on the Stockland Martel blog, Art writes, “So my team and I were tasked with a cover concept that illustrated the good, the bad, and the ugly aspects of the movie series…and an illustrative opener to the package…and six concept executions…and 10 individual character portraits, all in one 13-hour day.” As always, he and his team rise to the challenge.

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John Tsiavis on the Move

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Commercial Photography

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John Tsiavis has made a name for himself by his effortless yet evocative portraits of celebrities. But as we all you know, you need to step out of your comfort zone from time to time. When John was asked to shoot a series of images that were “unique in an interesting way” he saw an opportunity to do just that.

Surprisingly many successful photographers did not want to become photographers at first. John Tsiavis is one of them. John wanted to work with advertising. The only reason why he started to take photography seriously was that he needed a portfolio to apply for an advertising course at the university. When he was not accepted at the course, he took the interviewer’s recommendation to show his photographs to the photography faculty down the hall. And from there on one thing led to another.

Today, John is above all known as a commercial portrait photographer, creating effortless yet evocative portraits of celebrities and people of interest, such as Bono, Al Gore, Geoffrey Rush and Rachel Griffiths.

“I enjoy it because it’s a challenge,” says John. “Often with celebrities, it’s a ‘high stakes’ kind of photography. The pressure is really on. You’ve often got a very small amount of time with some huge personalities and you have to come out the end with something unique. When you get the shot you want there’s a great deal of satisfaction amongst everyone involved.”

But John also enjoys the variety that comes with a broader repertoire. For instance, he was recently asked by a client to shoot a series of images that would illustrate the various professions within the media and arts industry. The only requirement was that the images had to be vibrant and interesting in a unique way. So, John left the well-treaded path and set out to create the so-called Movement shots – a series of images that forced him to approach his art from a whole new angle. Read More