Victoria Will Shoots Tintype Portraits of the Stars at Sundance

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Portrait Photography, Videos

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At this year’s Sundance Film Festival, photographer Victoria Will decided to put down her digital camera and use a century-old technique to shoot the stars. The result is celebrity portraits unlike any other you have ever seen before.

We all know the feeling of being stuck in a rut. So what do you do as a portrait photographer when you need to reignite your creative spark?

One thing you can do is switch tools. Replace the pen with a brush, and you will probably be surprised by what you end up putting on the canvas.

Celebrity photographer Victoria Will’s recent shoot at the Sundance Film Festival is a good example. Victoria had been shooting the stars at the festival for three years in a row when she started to feel as if she was reinventing the wheel every time. So for her fourth year, she replaced her DSLR with an old Graflex Super D camera and the TIFFs and JPGs with beautiful, aluminum tintypes.

The switch did not make things easier for Victoria, quite the opposite. But the demanding process resulted in some of the most inspired and highly praised portraits from that year’s festival.

“What I love about the process is how raw it is,” says Victoria. “We live in an age of glossy magazines and overly retouched skin. But there is no lying with tintypes. You can’t get rid of a few wrinkles in Photoshop.”

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On to Light Shaping: How Laurent Hini Turned a Parisian Street into a Studio

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 Laurent Hini as he captures a series of images of a love story in Paris. When you are done watching, click here to see the rest of the series.

Paris-based photographer Laurent Hini started out as a photojournalist. But it did not take long before he discovered that this profession did not allow him to fully control the final result. He was left to capture things as they were. Unsatisfied with this, Laurent decided to change direction. Today, he does portraits, fashion and commercial jobs – shoots that allow him to shape and control light. And he has never looked back.

Laurent’s recent portrait of a young couple is part of a series of images exploring a blossoming love story in Paris. This particular shot was to be the last one in the series. As such, Laurent wanted to do something out of the ordinary, something a bit more complex. This meant that he needed a lighting solution that was portable enough to be taken out on to the streets of Paris, but also versatile enough to turn his choice of location into something of an outdoor studio.
To overcome this challenge, Laurent brought the new Profoto Off-Camera Flash system. He had a B1 Off-Camera Flash, three B2 Off-Camera Flashes and, perhaps most importantly in Laurent’s case, an assortment of Light Shaping Tools.

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On To Light Shaping: How Ryan Brenizer Turned One B2 Into Two

Written by Harley Anderson 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 Ryan Brenizer as he turns one B2 into two.  When you are done watching, click here to see the rest of the series.

Ryan Brenizer likes challenges. He lives in NYC. That’s challenging. As a journalist he covered among others, the last three presidents. That’s challenging. And he’s a wedding and portrait photographer, which can be extremely challenging.

Brenizer appreciates photo gear that works under challenging circumstances, and if the gear is smaller and lighter than the competition, so much the better. Not surprisingly Brenizer fell in love with the B2 Off-Camera Flash the moment he first saw it.

In a bid to see how quickly he could capture a bold portrait of his models on an unseasonably cold afternoon in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, Ryan and Tatiana Breslow, his soon-to-be-bride & business partner (and a terrific wedding photographer in her own right) coupled one of Profoto’s new OCF Light Shaping Tools – an OCF Softbox 2×3′ onto a B2 Head.

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On to Light Shaping: Street Photography Extraordinaire with Jaleel King

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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 Jaleel King for a street photography session in Philadelphia. When you are done watching, click here to see the rest of the series.

Jaleel King is a Philadelphia-based portrait & lifestyle photographer who despite being wheelchair bound has none-the-less proved himself to be an accomplished street photographer. A big fan of TTL flash, one of Jaleel’s ongoing challenges has been finding a lighting solution that is not only reliable and accurate, but also easy to take to the streets. Now, he seems to have found it.

“The beauty of the Profoto Off-Camera Flash system is that everything is really compact and light. Even when shooting from a wheelchair there’s little to stifle my creative abilities. The B2 Off-Camera Flashes are light, easy to use, and for me the cool thing is that the high-speed sync feature worked really well at the higher speeds. No black frames. None!”

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Christian van Hanja Uses 75 Cameras to Shoot an Athlete in Ultra Slow Motion

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Videos

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This video took almost five years of development and 75 DSLR cameras to pull off. Looking at the outcome, we’re assuming photographer Christian van Hanja considers every second and penny well spent. 

Christian van Hanja was first featured on our blog a little over a year ago with his beautiful video of a flatland BMX biker doing tricks next to the river Seine.

His latest video, however, takes things to a whole new level. Using a massive rig of no less than 75 DSLR cameras and Profoto lighting, Christian films living flatland BMX legend Viki Gomez in 4K Ultra high definition and PHANTOM Ultra slow motion.

The tech specs will have some of you frothing around the mouth. The rest of you can just sit back and enjoy the mindblowing outcome.

When you are done watching, why not check out the video we did with Viki Gomez and Richard Walch for the launch of the B1 Off-Camera Flash in 2013?