Posts Tagged ‘Zoom Reflector’

Louis Pang Shoots Against the Shanghai Skyline

Written by Louis Pang on . Posted in On location

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Louis Pang is an international, award-winning photographer based in Malaysia. For this shoot, however, he changed the tropics for the mighty Putong skyline in Shanghai. Here is the full story in Louis’ own words. 

Winter in Shanghai is cold, humid and windy, a tough combination for someone who live in the tropics. A teaching gig brought me to Shanghai, and I would not pass up the opportunity to shoot in the Paris of the East – winter or no winter. My friends in Shanghai pulled some major strings to get Rose, a professional model from Beijing, to jet into Shanghai for the shoot. We started at 7am, thinking it would be wise to avoid the peak hour traffic and crowd.

First stop, the Bund which oversees the famous Putong skyline that is synonymous with Shanghai. Security personnel wanted us off the area because we didn’t have prior approval to shoot there. I have Gao Feng, a fantastic wedding photographer in Shanghai, to thank for convincing them to let us shoot just “10 minutes”. We left the Bund after many “10 minutes”.

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Portraits of People’s Faces When Hit With A Stun Gun

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Portrait Photography

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Portrait photographer Patrick Hall wanted to capture real emotions in real people. So he held a camera to their face and hit them with 300.000 volts of electricity. The result? Some stunning (haaa…) portraits and one of the most talked about videos this week!

“As a portrait photographer, you’re always trying to get something real,” says Patrick Hall. “And what’s interesting about this photo shoot is that there is no way you can fake your emotion or your expression when you’re getting hit with 300.000 volts of electricity.

Well, we can’t argue with that, Patrick…

The video, posted by the good people at Fstoppers, spread like wildfire. Of course, watching the video, we couldn’t help but notice what tools Patrick was using – three Profoto D1 1.000 Ws moonlights, two HR Softboxes and a classic Zoom Reflector.

Those of you who want to get into the nitty gritty details about Patrick’s setup and solution should defintiely check out his thorough behind-the-scenes video, which you will find below.

You should also head over to Fstoppers for the full story and more final shots.

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How to Use Backlight to Photograph Glassware

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Product Photography

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The awesome photography site Popular Photography has an ongoing article series called How To, in which photographers are interviewed about the different lighting techniques they use to achieve different effects.

The latest article highlights an ambitious shoot done by New York-based product photographer Taka Kawachi and how he used backlight to photograph glassware for a department store chain.

“For two solid weeks in 2012, Taka Kawachi, a product specialist who works out of a studio in Nyack, NY, shot nothing but glassware for a major department store chain,” writes Peter Kolonia. “Juice, highball, and shot glasses, tumblers, stemware of every size and shape, and, yes, pilsner glasses and beer mugs. If he wasn’t a master of lighting glass at the project’s outset, he certainly was by its end.”

Head over to the Popular Photography site for the full story.

While Most Photographers Try to Stop the Kids from Doing Silly Faces, Greg Koch Pushes Them to Do Even Sillier

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Portrait Photography

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Profoto Greg Koch 1 While Most Photographers Try to Stop the Kids from Doing Silly Faces, Greg Koch Pushes Them to Do Even Sillier

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If you’ve ever tried photographing kids, you’re no stranger to silly faces. But while most of us who put these shots in the drawer, San Fransisco-based photographer Greg Koch saves and frames the silly faces only. 

“When I initially approached my son’s school with the idea of doing a photo project for their art class, I hadn’t yet realized the concept of silly faces,” says Greg Koch. “I only knew I wanted to do a studio shoot. I had just purchased a Profoto Pro-B4 pack and was eager to test it before a couple of client shoots I had the following week.

“When preparing for the shoot in the studio with my son, I kept trying to get a smile out of him.  He, in turn, kept making silly faces.  That’s when inspiration struck. Why should I try to get all of these kids to do something as unnatural as posing?  Wouldn’t it be better to shoot them with all their natural charisma and energy?  The idea felt very natural and I decided to push forward with it. The Silly Faces project was born.”

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How to Do a High-Key Portrait

Written by Oleg Ti on . Posted in Lighting Tips

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Photographer Oleg Ti knows light. He also knows how to share that knowledge. In this post he’ll use the D1 monolight to show us how to do a high-key portrait. It’s good stuff. Keep reading.

Many photographers just starting to work in the studio attempt to solve the difficulty of a well-lit high-key portrait by increasing the amount of light sources. They keep adding more and more softboxes, reflectors and umbrellas in their quest for a glossy and shiny portrait.

In my opinion, that isn’t the best approach. The main advantage of working in the studio is that you’re in absolute control of the light. You control the amount of light sources, the position of the light sources, the character of the light, etcetera. So rather than just adding more and more light sources, you should divert your focus to getting each and every light source to do exactly the thing you want it to do.

Personally, I always try to use as few light sources possible.  I also prefer using hard lights to get extensive and concise pictures. So, here I’ll show you how to create a high-key portrait using four hard light sources.

Let’s begin!

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