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A Dramatic Photoshoot at the Royal Theatre

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

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The Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm, Sweden is a place like no other. Designed in a gracious Art Nouveau style and constructed in white marble with details in pure gold, the proud 100-year-old is built to impress both kings and queens. The theater houses seven stages where more than 1,000 performances are put on every year. Do the math and you realize it is a very, very busy place.

Enter Klara G, a Swedish photographer with a knack for creating quirky portraits with a classic yet theatrical feel. With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that Klara started her career as the Royal Dramatic Theatre’s in-house photographer.

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Bursting flashes freeze splashes of color

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Off-camera Flash, On location, Sports Photography, Videos

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Have you ever seen a photographer use flash to freeze BMX bikers mid air? Of course you have. Have you seen splashes of color powder frozen in time? You probably have. But have you ever seen the two styles combined in one? We think not.

Christoph Jorda was born and raised in a small village in the Bavarian Alps. One day when he was a kid, he got a gift from his grandfather – his first camera.

Since then some things have changed, while others have not. Christoph still lives in the same village, and he is as fascinated by the area’s beauty as he was back then. But today Christoph’s hobby has turned into his profession, and the Bavarian Alps have become the scene for his stunning location photography.

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Keep Moving With the Profoto B2 & Rémi Chapeaublanc

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Off-camera Flash, On location, Videos

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We claim that the Profoto B2 is a portable flash that allows you to keep moving. But to prove it, we asked traveling photographer Rémi Chapeaublanc to bring the B2 with him on one of his photographic expeditions. Here is what he did.

For Rémi Chapeaublanc, travel photography is more than a job, and even more than a way of life. For him it is gives meaning to life.

“I believe the purpose of life is to keep discovering new things and meeting new people,” says Rémi. “Photography is the perfect motor to drive myself to do just that.”

 

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David Bicho Makes a Doll Come to Life with Lighting

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Off-camera Flash

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Remember that trippy video by Nacho Guzman in which she used a moving light and changing colors to cause a human face to look like it was constantly morphing?

Swedish lighting maestro David Bicho has now done his own take on Guzman’s video. But David replaced the human with a doll and the swinging lamp with a cordless Profoto B1 Off-Camera Flash.

The video is titled Direction and David clearly explains why in the video description:

“Direction of light set moods, communicate feelings and maybe even create life.”

Couldn’t agree more – direction is one of the fundamental aspects of light shaping.

Bonus fun fact: David has also shot all the evocative product shots on our off-camera flash site.

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Joe McNally Blogs About TTL, High-Speed Sync and How to Use Lighting Ratios

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Fashion Photography, Lighting Tips, Off-camera Flash

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© Joe McNally

© Joe McNally

 

You all know who Joe McNally is. But did you know that he recently recorded three video tutorials on how to light?

The first video explores through-the-lens (TTL) metering, the second one explains what light ratios are and how to use them, while the third tutorial shows you the benefits of using High-Speed Sync (HSS) in strong daylight.

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