Profoto Pro-10 captures the World of Japanesque a la Mode

Written by Mariko Hirai on . Posted in Fashion photography

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© Masaaki Tomitori

Profoto’s latest high-end generator Pro-10 is the world’s fastest flash with a breathtaking flash duration of up to 1/80,000 of a second and quick burst of up to 50 flashes per second. Masaaki Tomitori, a Tokyo-based commercial photographer, takes command of this magnificent flash in a fashion photo shoot for SHOOTING magazine to capture Japanesque from the eyes of a Japanese photographer. Here is a glimpse of the making together with an interview by Tomitori exploring the incredible capabilities of the Pro-10 that truly sets the photographer’s creativity free.

Tomitori is very particular with flash duration when it comes to choosing the perfect flash. “Photographic expression for me is all about blur and bokeh. Before I start to shoot, I think about how much to focus and how much to blur. The beauty of photography lies in the balance between the focused areas and the aesthetic blur. The next thing I consider is duration. How long do I freeze, or blur? Do I keep the body skill and blur the hands? Depth and time are the elements that make up photography, so it comes down to how much depth (by aperture) and time you can add into the image. Instead of perceiving a shoot as a flat image, I cut the image out from a three-dimensional box. This is why I am very interested in flash duration.”

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Rising Light: Davion Washington – A Movie Poster Artist in the Making

Written by Harley Anderson on . Posted in Rising light

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Davion Washington has had a touch-and-go relationship with photography since he was a kid taking snapshots of family and friends, but it wasn’t until about 4 or 5 years ago that he began thinking about photography as a profession and lifestyle. And it all goes back to movie posters.

Davion has been a longtime fan of Hollywood movies, but it was the movie posters that got his attention most. What amazed him was how the artist (or photographer) who created the poster image was able to tell an entire story in a single image. As an emerging digital artist, this is the sort of challenge that got his juices flowing.

Washington is currently wrapping up his Associate Degree in Commercial Photography at the College of Southern Nevada. During his tenure at CSN he has managed to greatly refine his lighting skills, which along with his skills in Photoshop is going to be his meal ticket moving forward.

Prior to entering the photography program at Southern Nevada, Davion’s lighting experience was limited to speed lights and whatever light was available. Not so today.

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Kyle Cong captures the natural look with Profoto B2

Written by Seth Chandler on . Posted in On location, Portrait photography

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“I like shooting on location,” Kyle says. “My lighting and camera setting are all about blending my strobe lights with ambient. I want the quality of the light that strobes can give and I also want my photos have that natural look.”

The natural look he seeks extends to the way the models pose, with a blend of candid and directed shots. “I found most of my favorite works are the ones captured when the models are not looking at the camera or not even posing or waiting for me to take the shot,” he says.

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Rising Light:
Aman Shakya

Written by Harley Anderson on . Posted in Rising light

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Aman Shakya’s love affair with photography began back in 2012 while going for a degree in Information Technologies at a school in Thailand. He quickly noted he had an eye for form, texture, and composition, and most tellingly – he was getting lots of positive feedback from friends and others who saw his photographs. Photography enabled him to interpret the world around him in a way that greatly appealed to him. Before long it was ‘Bye-bye IT’.

Shakya was wise enough to understand if he wanted to shoot full time he had to have a better handle on lighting so he started looking around for a good school. Well-staffed art schools offering degrees in photography are non-existent in his native Nepal and the choices in Thailand weren’t much better. While searching for alternative choices the name SCAD (Savannah College of Art & Design) popped up frequently, and after careful consideration he decided to give it a go.

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D2 keeps powder shoot up to speed

Written by Seth Chandler on . Posted in Videos

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With bodies and powder flying through the air, Bahrain-based photographer Ali Alriffai was able to get the perfect exposure again and again at 14 fps, thanks to the fast recycling time of the Profoto D2.

To get his stunning images, Ali dressed skydivers from Gravity Bahrain in casual clothes and had them jump on a powder-covered trampoline. “It was incredibly fun to play with powder and trampoline, and the skydivers can control their body movements in mid-air,” he says. “So when they saw the first few results on the camera’s screen, they changed their body shapes to create a feeling of dancing in the air. I could not have done this right without their professional flying experience!”

Using a Canon EOS 1D-X Mark II shooting 14 frames per second and a 70-200mm lens, he positioned two Profoto D2 monolights at the trampoline from high angle. The key light was on the camera’s right covering the set, with a Profoto Umbrella Deep White XL and a diffuser to protect the head from the powder. On the left side, Ali used a Profoto RFi Softbox 2×3’ at much lower power just to fill the models’ feet.

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