Adventurer Charleton Churchill climbs Mt. Everest with the Profoto B1

Written by Charleton Churchill on . Posted in Off-camera flash, Wedding photography

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© Charleton Churchill

Charleton Churchill is an explorer, adventure and a destination wedding photographer. In 2015 he did a series unique weddings shoots on Mt. Everest, just above Basecamp. Here are his own words about the Mount Everest project.

I love to travel to adventurous locations with my couples, from engagement sessions in northern California where I live, to weddings on Mt. Everest. What’s important to me is carrying light and powerful gear, enough to carry on a hike. That is why I use both the B1 and B2 Off-Camera Flashes for my adventures. If I’m hiking or I need less weight, I pack my B2 Off Camera Flash, like I did on this year’s Everest Base Camp wedding. It fits in my bag just fine. For the image above, which was an adventure engagement session, I used the B1 Off-Camera Flash for extra power, just in case my vision morphed into something even darker and more dramatic. I had scoped this location earlier, so I didn’t need to hike but 30 yards down from my vehicle.

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Filip Cederholm Goes from Advertising to Charity

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in On location

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© Filip Cederholm

© Filip Cederholm

What do you do when you’re stuck in a rut and feel that your work no longer represents you or what you stand for? Photographer Filip Cederholm experienced that recently. So he decided not only to do something different, but also to use his creativity to make a difference. 

Before changing his path, Filip Cederholm from Sweden had a successful career as a commercial photographer with many big international and Swedish brands on his list of clients. But after spending years zooming in on people’s faces to remove pimples and wrinkles, he started questioning what he was doing. He asked himself: could I do something else? Could I use my creativity differently to make a difference?

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BTS from the Marcelo Vieira shoot

Written by Roberto Garver on . Posted in Videos

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Spanish photographer Roberto Garver got commissioned to shoot some images for Real Madrid C.F. and Brazilian national team player Marcelo Vieira’s social media accounts. He took the opportunity to test some technical and conceptual ideas with different Profoto generators. This is his words about the experimental shoot.

The shoot I did with Marcelo was somewhat improvised. As you might imagine, the agenda of a famous footballer is pretty tight, and we had to plan the shooting with less than a day in advance. I was requested to take some pictures form Marcelo’s social media accounts. Knowing that he is a generous and easy-going person, I thought I ask him if we could play around a bit and execute some technical and creative ideas I had wanting to try out. I wanted his cheerful nature tom really come out with these images. And it did.

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What’s your favorite Light Shaping Tool?

Written by Jens-Linus Lundgren-Widén on . Posted in Lighting tips

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© Ki Price, © Miguel Jacob, & © Roy Rossovich

Photography is light. In order to capture the feeling you are trying to convey, you need to be able to shape light. We asked 8 photographers to choose their favorite light shaping tool and explain what they like about it.

Profoto offer an array of Light Shaping Tools that enable you to be more creative and to turn your ambitions into reality. Whether shooting commercial ads with complex multi-flash setups or portraits using only a single monolight, all photographers aim to recreate a certain feeling when capturing an image. And that feeling is determined by the light. The fact that light is important for the outcome of a picture comes as no surprise to any committed photographer. In fact, photography means “drawing with light” in Greek. But in order to draw with light, you need to be able to control it – that is what light shaping is all about.

Just as a painter uses different paint brushes, a photographer needs different light shaping tools in order to create different lighting effects. With the Profoto OCF Grids you create dramatic and focused light, with the Magnum Reflector you shape with power and finesse, and with the Hard Box you create the hardest light possible.

We asked 8 photographers to choose their favorite light shaping tool and explain what they like about it.

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Raising awareness on-location

Written by Jens-Linus Lundgren-Widén on . Posted in On location, Portrait photography

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© Stephanie Diani

© Stephanie Diani

Last year we introduced you to some of Stephanie Diani’s arresting imagery. This year, the awareness campaign Faces of Humanity caught many a photo fans’ eye, and the observant Profoto blog reader also spotted that it was Stephanie providing the dramatic portraits. We had a chat with her to find out how she did the different on-location shoots.

Portraiture photographer Stephanie Diani really has a knack of finding how to tell a tale with her work. In her expressive and vivid portraits she is able to isolate that little something in the poses of her subjects. So when Getty Images asked her to do a shoot for the Canadian Red Cross, highlighting humanitarian field workers, she instantly knew what kind of story she wanted to convey.

“The art director at the Canadian Red Cross and I discussed what we wanted to achieve. Our artistic goal was to create images that engages the viewer and introduced them to the aid workers’ field of expertise. I wanted them to share the feeling of accomplishment that humanitarian work engenders,” says Stephanie.

The photographer explains that in order to achieve the look and feel she was going for, not just light but lighting was essential.

“We lugged 250 lbs of gear across Canada,“ Stephanie claims. Among that were three Profoto D1 Monolights, two Profoto B1 Off-Camera Flashes, and a large variety of Light Shaping Tools.

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