Posts Tagged ‘Zoom Reflector’

What’s the Difference Between Soft Light and Hard Light?

Written by Jared Platt on . Posted in Lighting Tips

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What’s the Difference? is a series of video lighting tutorials. Each episode responds to a single question. In this episode, Jared Platt compares soft light and hard light. The entire series, including all videos, articles and lighting diagrams, is available at our website. And feel free to leave a question in the comment section if you have one!

Working in the studio, the home or any controlled environment is a great time to slow down and do a lot of light shaping. We did this recently to compare soft light and hard light. In both cases, we used the Profoto B2 Off-Camera Flash and simply changed out the OCF Light Shaping Tools.

Unlike outside shots, where the ambient exposure is determined first and the flash is used to augment that light, in the studio, we assume complete darkness and begin building our lighting from scratch.

On this set, we used two lights and a Collapsible Reflector. The hair light (high above and behind our model) was a B1 Off-Camera Flash with a Zoom Reflector and a 5º Grid. This light helped to separate her and the chair from the background and provide some depth to the shot. The main light source was a B2, which was modified first by a softbox, and then by a grid and snoot combination. A large white Collapsible Reflector laid at an angle below and in front of the chair to capture and reflect stray light back toward the chair, to keep it from falling into too deep a shadow. Finally, a black piece of foam core acted as a flag on the right side of the frame, to help even out the shadows on the barn doors behind the chair.

Again, throughout the shoot, we only changed the OCF Light Shaping Tool on the main light.

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How Michael Mueller Keeps His Cool at -20°c

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Sports Photography

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So you think your last shoot was challenging? Well, try shooting on top of a snowy alpine summit in -20°C with screaming winds, occasional fog and clouds with snowfall. That’s what Michael Mueller did. 

“The client wanted images in the same style as car ads,” says Michael Mueller – fearless photographer and dauntless adventurer in equal measures. “They wanted clean, super perfect images with blue skies and white mountain tops. Being a brand for serious athletes, it was also important that the images showed a real challenge. We couldn’t make it easy for ourselves. We had to climb high and shoot real athletes doing real things.”

Said and done. Michael and his team packed their bags and went to Pontresina in the Swiss Alps. With them they brought B1 Off-Camera Flashes, TeleZoom Reflectors and Zoom Reflectors.

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On To Light Shaping: Lighting From a New Angle with Chan Kit

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Videos

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On to Light Shaping is a new video series in which get to see 18 renowned portrait and wedding photographer create magic with Profoto Off-Camera Flash. In this video we join photographer Chan Kit for a shoot over the characteristic skyline in Tsim Sha Tsui Harbor, Hong Kong. When you are done watching, click here to see the rest of the series.

Despite being only 24 years old and mostly self-taught, Chan Kit has made quite a name for himself in the wedding and fashion communities in his hometown Hong-Kong. Operating under the brand CTKKIT Photography, Kit has a well-earned reputation for capturing candid moments in a beautiful light.

“The greatest thing about being a wedding photographer is that you get to capture some of the most valuable moments in peoples’ lives,” says Kit. “It’s both an honor and a challenge. There are no second chances.”

Kit uses available light when possible and adds flashes when necessary. In terms of Light Shaping Tools, he prefers tools that create a hard light with lots of contrast and distinct shadows.

“My favorites are the standard Zoom Reflector and the Umbrella Deep Silver M,” says Kit. “Both create a beautiful hard light, and both are compact and easy to bring with you to an on-location shoot.”

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On to Light Shaping: At the Speed Of Light with Simeon Quarrie

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Videos

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On to Light Shaping is a new video series in which get to see 18 renowned portrait and wedding photographer create magic with Profoto Off-Camera Flash. In this video we join photographer Simeon Quarrie for a fun and fast pre-wedding photo shoot. When you are done watching, click here to see the rest of the series.

Wedding and commercial photographer Simeon Quarrie is based in London, UK, but has the whole world as office. Simeon, who lives a life of travel, values gear that is lightweight and fits into a suitcase. “The lighter you can travel, the better it is”, he says.

This particular shoot required Simeon and his small crew of three to fly to Cancun, Mexico. He brought his shining new Profoto Off-Camera Flash system with him. “It’s wicked to be able to fit camera, lenses, a B2 battery pack, two B2 Heads and modifiers in a single bag,” says Simeon. “I remember Kornel, my assistant, looking at the B2 and saying: ‘Well, guess I’m out of a job then!’”

In Cancun, Simeon and his team met up with the young couple for what is known as the pre-wedding session. This is basically a more relaxed and casual version of the main wedding shoot. In addition to often resulting in heart-warming, fun images, Simeon claims that the pre-wedding shoot is also a great way to get to know the couple better and help them relax in front of the camera.

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Tips and Tricks for Getting a Natural Looking Result When Mixing Ambient Light with Strobes

Written by Jared Platt on . Posted in Lighting Tips

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Tips and Tricks for Getting a Natural-Looking Result When Mixing Ambient Light with Strobes

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On November 19, Profoto and photographer Jared Platt will host a free webinar on how to get a natural-looking result when mixing ambient light with strobes on location. To get you in the mood for the webinar, Jared has written an article on the topic. Enjoy!

Scouting locations with a client recently, I came to realise how unimpressed the untrained eye is with open shade. A non-photographer will look at open shade, then look at the pretty sunlit trees and buildings across the street and think, “why is this photographer so impressed with this bland, shady side of the street?” But the client is only seeing what is there, not what is possible.

Finding open shade is the habit of natural light photographers all around the globe. In open shade you find cover from the harsh light of the sun and beautiful soft directional light from the sky; but many photographers only go as far as to find the open shade and begin shooting with the existing ambient light. This is a simple and fast way to work and yields some good images, but there is more beautiful light to be had in open shade if you have the imagination to see it and a few lights to make it happen.

When I see open shade, I see an opportunity to build and shape light. Read More