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Trial by Fire: Brian Smith shoots a fire eater during the golden hour

Written by Seth Chandler on . Posted in Behind the Scenes at Profoto

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© Brian Smith

 

Whenever Pulitzer-prize winning photographer Brian Smith works with new equipment, he likes to put it to the test in the field. Recently, he tried out Profoto’s new Sony-compatible Air Remote TTL-S by photographing a fire-breather on location in the limited window of the golden hour before sunset.

“When I’m trying something new, I want to test the limit, throw in a few variables that I can’t control—like fire,” says Brian, whose Pulitzer came from photographing the Olympics, a world in which fractions of seconds mean everything.

“Things often work flawlessly in the studio and then you go out on location and find out what the problems are,” he notes. “Photography is easy when the stars align. The trick is to pull it together when it looks like a disaster.”

 

To get his images, Brian used three Profoto B1 Off-Camera Flashes, one light with the OCF Beauty Dish White above facing the subject from slightly above and two B1s with Profoto Zoom reflectors and ½ CTO gels behind the subject. He and fire eater Cirque Bishop started by doing some test runs to get the framing right and get some ideas for different options.

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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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Frozen fantasy: The only lighthouse in the Alps inspires a crazy idea

Written by Seth Chandler on . Posted in Behind the Scenes at Profoto, Off-camera flash, Sports photography, Videos

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When bad weather kept Christoph Jorda and his team from shooting what they had planned, a sightseeing trip provided the inspiration for an extraordinary photograph. Profoto B1 Off-Camera Flashes gave Christoph the flexibility—and reliability—for this once-in-a-lifetime shot.

Earlier this year, Christoph Jorda spent a week shooting with the Salomon Freeski Team in Andermatt, Switzerland. The goal was to shoot some epic big mountain freeride action, but bad weather and avalanche risk kept him and his team off the slopes. Rather than just sit around, they decided to hop on the train that runs from Andermatt to Zermatt to do some sightseeing.

 

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Profoto B1’s freeze the stories of Belfast boxers

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©Richard Wade

 

Profoto B1 gave Richard Wade the speed and flexibility to freeze Belfast boxers in time as they trained. The images tell stories of men who go to the gym not just to look good but to fight someone. Not just to be strong, but to be tough. Not to just work out, but maybe to work something out.

The monochrome photos were taken for an exhibition this spring at the Titanic Museum in Belfast alongside the work of internationally renowned photographer Larry Fink. The images capture years or even decades of latent history with every crease on the boxers’ faces. Light breaks around every shadowy curve and hollow of muscles toughened by punches. “The true character and toughness of the fighters was captured by the beautiful light the B1’s produced,” Wade says.

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