Moshe Zusman started working with Profoto gear in 2011. He immediately fell in love with the D1 series. He recently let us put together a video about a shoot he did with the help of the nonprofit organization Madison House.
“The video really captures the shoot, and walks viewers through the day, from beginning to end,” says Zusman. “Having good-looking models and a killer photography team made it very easy. Doing this shoot with the D1 kits was very easy because of the simplicity of using the tools. It really was as easy as it looks. What you see is what you get. The lighting is reliable. Nothing was altered in post-production for the video.”
The same holds true for the still images the shoot produced. “I hope the video illustrates how easy and reliable the tools are. How easy we shot it—that’s how easy it is. We didn’t have to ‘Photoshop’ anything in post-processing.”
In discussion with Zusman regarding the bride in white dress with the three light configuration, he had the following to say.
In this photo I used three lights setup with two softboxes, one as my main light and the second is my back light for fill and separation. The third light was a 10 degree grid as hair light for extra separation and hair highlight.
Three light setups are my basic and favorite configuration. I love using grids in my shoots because it creates a lot more focused and accurate light. All my studio lights are always gridded.
I like to feather my light sources to create a little more energy and higher contrast look in my images, especially when I do high-fashion portraits of couples and other fashion looks.
The entire setup is controlled with the Air Remote which enables me full control over all my lights without putting my camera down even once or having to reach for the lights. That’s a huge benefit when you’re working with real people who not always have the patience and attention span of models.
As far as power settings, I always start with minimal power: lowest settings and adjust and power up as needed. I like high contrast in my photos so I have no problem raising the power on my main light by 2-4 stops higher than my fill light.
I generally avoid using reflectors because the more control I have over my light sources, the more accurate the output is.
When discussing the bride in the black dress with the two light setup, Zusman said this:
In this photo I used the two light kit. It’s a very basic set up but very efficient. One main umbrella or beauty dish in 45° down creating very high contrast on the bride and groom, lighting them only from one side with minimal light spill.
The second light was an umbrella behind the couple which I used for two things. First, to separate them from the background, and second, because the room behind them was relatively dark. I feathered the umbrella towards the back and opened the shadows there as well.
Zusman was especially happy to be shooting at the Masison House location he was, and feels Madison House nonprofit organization does very important work for autistic young adults and their families.
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