Posts Tagged ‘Video’

Moose Peterson Finds His Portable Lighting Soulmate

Written by M. Gertz on . Posted in Review

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Well respected wildlife photographer and educator Moose Peterson has finally found The One, in lighting anyways. He wanted a portable, durable, and high quality lighting system and he found it in the Profoto AcuteB2 AirS Li.

He likes its physically small size, making it ideal for air travel, and the fact that you don’t need to plug it into a wall or generator while shooting on location. “Are there other options?,” he asks, “You bet. Are there better options? So far I haven’t found one. The size and light weight of this is really better than anything I’ve found… Lightweight, portable and, the best thing, I can use it and do it by myself.”

See more from Moose on moosepeterson.com.


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Michael David Adams: Hypnos, An Unconscious Love Affair

Written by M. Gertz on . Posted in Fashion Photography

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Michael David Adams is a New York-based fashion and beauty photographer who says he likes nothing better than “getting really dirty and creative.” Take a behind the scenes look at his Hypnos shoot, where he used a deceptively simple set and carefully thought out lighting to create a dark and ominous mood.

To create the set, Michael worked with set designer Brian Byrne to build a few mobile walls that, when arranged in different positions, create the illusion of different scenes.

Each set, however, needed its own lighting scheme to keep the mood consistent. Michael used three 600w monolights along with two Profoto Pro-7 packs and heads and a variety of light shapers, from softboxes with baffles for extra diffusion to umbrellas and diffused grids.

The final images from the shoot can be found below.

You should also check out his website. The underwater images are spectacular.

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Mark Wallace’s Sculpting Light Portrait Session

Written by Ron Egatz on . Posted in Videos

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Mark Wallace never stops educating the world on how to take better photographs. Here he not only provides variants of the final image, but also a short video demonstrating how he manipulates shadows during a model’s portrait session. Below is the full story in his own words.

“One of my favorite tools for creating portraits is the Profoto Beauty Dish, also known as the Softlight Reflector White,” writes Mark. “When I use the Beauty Dish, I’m able to sculpt the light on my model’s face. It’s a tool that allows me to embrace shadows, instead of trying to eliminate them.”

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Peter Belanger: Complicated Shoots for Hi-Tech Products

Written by M. Gertz on . Posted in Product Photography

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It’s no secret that product photography is a highly specialized field that requires a lot of technical knowledge, both for the shoot itself and for the post production. Hi-tech products, with their highly reflective surfaces and subtle textures, provide additional challenges. Watch, in the timelapse video above, as Peter Belanger tackles a shoot for the cover of Macworld.

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© Peter Belanger

Although his subject, the iPhone 3GS is small, Peter uses up to 9 Acute/D4 Heads at once with both grids and reflectors, more than plenty of photographers would use to light a whole person! A 3 D4 packs provide power to the sea of c-stands and strobes.

This shoot is from 2009, but Peter is still going strong and perfecting his craft. To learn more about his process and the the thinking behind his work, check out an interview he did over on The Verge. See more of his work at peterbelanger.com.

 

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From Bland to BAM Using a Single Light Source

Written by M. Gertz on . Posted in Videos

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Think you can’t take great portraits with just a single, unmodified light source? Think again!

Mark Wallace, for AdoramaTV, uses a Profoto D1 500 and some tricks involving a mirror to transform a bland, unflattering portrait into one with depth and pizazz. Unlike a magician, though, Mark’s happy to reveal his secrets.

Watch the video above and see more from Mark on AdoramaTV.

 

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