Improvisation in Iceland with the help of Profoto B1

Written by Seth Chandler on . Posted in Off-camera flash, On location, Videos, Wedding photography

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Hong Kong based wedding photographer Muse Chan travels the world with his Profoto B1 Off-Camera Flash, and many Profoto light-shaping tools. In Part II of the story, he tells us more about how he works and how he shot mystically beautiful images on location in Iceland—and coped with unexpected setbacks.

Iceland, which is becoming an increasingly popular travel destination, provides spectacular settings for photography, which is why Muse Chan has chosen it for several pre-wedding photo shoots.

“I find Iceland mysterious,” Muse says. “Its terrain and spectacular nature resembles a newborn earth. Iceland does not have dense human constructions, enabling people to enjoy the very heart of nature.”

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Sue Bryce creates her own natural light with the Profoto B1

Written by Seth Chandler on . Posted in #ProfotoTakeover, Portrait photography, Videos

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Los Angeles-based portrait photographer Sue Bryce has spent decades creating contemporary fashion-inspired portraiture that makes everyday women look like Vanity Fair fashion models. And she built an international reputation using natural light almost exclusively. Recently, though, she has fallen in love with the Profoto B1.

“When I first started shooting portraits 27 years ago, I used softboxes and vaseline on the lens and soft vignettes,” Sue recalls. “But the modern turn was removing the old style studio lights leaving the 80s behind and developing a natural light look.

“Then, for more than 20 years, my whole business has been built around shooting portraits inside but around a window and around window light,” she explains.

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Carnival of Dreams: Wet plate artist Ian Ruhter and actor Gary Oldman visits Slab City

Written by Jens-Linus Lundgren-Widén on . Posted in Fine art photography, On location, Silver & light, Videos

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Last year Ian Ruther shared his journey to Slab City with us.  Now he returns to the mystical place to do a video documentary together actor Gary Oldman.

Carnival of Dreams is a short film based on the unforeseen events that transpired over a 48-hour period in a magical place called Slab City where the wet plate collodion artist Ian Ruhter and his wet plate technician Will Eichelberger set out to make the world’s largest Ambrotype.

 

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Rising light: Preston Ray Goes From Chasing the Light to Controlling the Light

Written by Harley Anderson on . Posted in Rising light

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Rising Light is an article series highlighting promising photography students from all over the world. This month we introduce Preston Ray at School of Visual Communication at Ohio University.

The problem with growing up in Havre Montana is that despite an abundance of endless big skies and scenic landscapes, there’s a serious shortage of photography schools. Graphic design programs you can find. Photography departments? Zilch. Odd as it may sound if it wasn’t for the fact Preston Ray fell in love with a girl from Romania he might not have ever discovered the wonders of studio lighting.

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#ProfotoTakeover: Dayron Vera and “The VIII”

Written by Jens-Linus Lundgren-Widén on . Posted in #ProfotoTakeover, Fine art photography, Portrait photography

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Every month we feature a photographer on our global Instagram account for #ProfotoTakeover. The first week of January we dedicate to professional ballet dancer turned photographer Dayron Vera, who shot an artistic interpretation of Henry VIII, simply called “The VIII”.

Based in Barcelona, Dayron Vera’s focus on dance photography came naturally. Being a professional ballet dancer has given him an understanding of movement that enables him to capture his subjects with perfect timing. He started to shoot because of his urge to freeze movement and making it last forever, and at the same time transmit the feeling that the dancers in his images still keep on moving.

“I started with photography behind the stage, taking pictures of my mates. Soon I realized I that I needed to step up my game if I was going to really capture movement in the artistic way I wanted. That’s when I started shooting in studio with Profoto flashes.”

Besides ballet photography, Dayron has a great passion for portrait photography, which shines through in his portfolio. Following Dayron this week during the #ProfotoTakover you will see how he captures the essence of the people in front of my camera.

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