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How to Build Up a Complex Lighting Setup Indoors

Written by Jared Platt on . Posted in Lighting Tips

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On August 27, Profoto and photographer Jared Platt will host a free webinar on how to build up a complex lighting setup indoors . To get you in the mood for the webinar, Jared has written an article on the topic. Enjoy!

In the past few blog posts, I have discussed lighting outdoors, on location. Each time I arrive in a location, I am imediately looking for the existing light to set the mood of the shot, which means I am always scouting out the best locations and choosing the optimal time for the perfect direction and quality of light. While the process changes a bit on an indoor shoot (where I am manufacturing all of the light), the basic concepts don’t change all that much.

In our next webinar, we will discuss a shoot that occurred in a boxing ring in a hip old warehouse/gym/bar in Phoenix, Az, called The Duce. We chose this location for the shoot because it would require us to manufacture the light for the entire scene. While this required more lights and more set up, the principles of lighting the scene are no different than if we we’re outside. Instead of arriving on location and looking for the existing light, I arrived on location to a poorly lit warehouse and imagined the existing light in my mind and then reproduced it with one B1 off-camera flash and the appropriate Light Shaping Tools.

This first light sets the mood for the photograph, just like the sun’s existing light sets the mood and lighting direction on an outdoor shoot, only now we completely control our “sun.” Once the mood is set by our first light, we begin to build in the other lights one at a time to achieve the final finished image.

On this shoot, we are using four Profoto B1 off-camera flashes in manual mode.

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Our Webinar on Dramatic Night Portraits Was Recorded and Is Now Available as a Video

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Lighting Tips

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On June 18, Profoto and photographer Jared Platt did a live webinar on how to shoot dramatic night portraits. Did you miss it? No worries. The webinar was recorded and is now available as a video.

Profoto hosts free webinars once a month. The next webinar will take place on August 27 at 7PM CET (August 27 at 10AM Los Angeles, 1PM New York, 6PM London, 7PM Paris // August 28 at 1AM Beijing, 2AM Tokyo, 3AM Sydney).

 Click here to sign up for the next one and we’ll send you a friendly reminder when it’s about to start.

For more information about the B1 Location Kit and the other Light Shaping Tools Jared is using in this video, please click here.

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Free Webinar with Jared Platt: How to Create Dramatic Night Portraits

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Webinars

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Our next webinar, titled Dramatic Night Portraits, will be broadcasted on June 18. Join us and photographer Jared Platt as we bring two B1 off-camera flashes and a selection of Light Shaping Tools into the night to take some dramatic portraits of piano rock star Kevin Burdick.

“Without the use of the sun, just two lights can be a little tricky to get the shot just right,” says Jared. “But I wanted to keep our gear limited to what we could carry between my assistant and myself. So we loaded up with the B1 Location Kit, a few stands and some Light Shaping Tools and headed out into the night.

Join us on June 18 at 7PM CET (June 18 at 10AM Los Angeles, 1PM New York, 6PM London, 7PM Paris // June 19 at 1AM Beijing, 2AM Tokyo, 3AM Sydney) to learn how he got his shots.

Click the link below and sign up, and we’ll send you a reminder when the webinar is about to start!

 

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Today is Our Free Webinar on Senior Portraits (and How to Make the Best Use of One Flash on Location). Will You Join Us?

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Webinars

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Today, Profoto and photographer Jared Platt will host a free webinar on senior portraits and how to make the best use of one flash on location

Those of you who do not live in the US might wonder what a senior portrait is. Well, it is simply a portrait taken of a student at the beginning of his or hers senior year of high school.

Jared will bring a single flash to the shoot and utilize simple yet effective lighting techniques. This means that not just senior portrait photographers but any photographer wanting to create beautiful portraits fast on location will have plenty to learn.

The webinar will take place on May 21 at 7PM CET (May 21 at 10AM Los Angeles, 1PM New York, 6PM London, 7PM Paris // May 22 at 1AM Beijing, 2AM Tokyo, 3AM Sydney).

Click the link below to sign up and we’ll send you a friendly reminder when the webinar is about to start.

 

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Making the Best Use of One Flash on Location

Written by Jared Platt on . Posted in Lighting Tips

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On May 21, Profoto and photographer Jared Platt will host a free webinar on senior portraits and how to make the best use of one flash on location. To get you in the mood for the webinar, Jared has written a short article on the subject. Here it is, in his own words: 

So you only have one light on location.  Most of the time that is all you really need, because in truth, you always have at least two additional lights, courtesy of the solar system and the planet earth.  The sun provides a direct, harsh light and the portion of the sky, opposite the sun, provides a beautiful soft light. Your off-camera flash you brought along with you can do a lot to augment your lighting scenario, but how do you best use that flash? Most people use their flash to fill. Whether they are using a softbox, an umbrella, a reflector, or a bare head, the light is generally placed somewhere forward of the subject to fill in, add catch lights, or cross light a subject.  But sometimes, that one off camera flash can be more useful in a less traditional location.

Consider the three images above from a senior portrait shoot at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Phoenix, Arizona.  We had plenty of shade and you can see the harsh light of the sun peeking through the trees, creating a beautiful dappling of highlights in the background.  The eastern sky behind the camera is providing the beautiful soft light that illuminates the background and the subject evenly.  In a situation like this, one could get away with a natural light portrait (as seen in image 1).

By the way, the final image exposure is at 1/160 sec ISO 320 at f 4.5 on a Canon 5D Mark III.
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