In the spotlight: Who is Pauline Darley?

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In the spotlight is an article series featuring up-and-coming shutterbugs that are about to put their mark on the world. In the first article, fashion and beauty photographer Pauline Darley introduces herself and talks about how she started off as a photographer.

Ten years ago, my parents gave me my first DSLR for my 18th birthday. I had only recently become interested in photography. I liked finding compositions and trying to tell a story in just one photo, but I needed to develop and learn how the camera worked (in terms of the exposure, focal length, shutter speeds, ISO etc.).

I was studying information and communications at the time and did all my photography on the side. As I see it, I progressed quite naturally. I never wanted to become a professional photographer, I was pretty lucky that it came about of its own accord.

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In the spotlight: Pauline Darley’s 8 tips for the soon-to-be professional photographer

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In the spotlight is an article series featuring up-and-coming shutterbugs that are about to put their mark on the world. In this third and final feature with beauty and fashion photographer Pauline Darley, she shares her 8 things to think about when you are on your way to becoming a young photographic entrepreneur.

I started working in photography early – I was 20 years old when I became a professional photographer and I have learned a lot in the past 7 years. I have been thinking long and hard about the tips I would like to give anyone who aspires to become a professional photographer.

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A week in a photographer’s life: Thursday – Flair for hair

Written by Jens-Linus Lundgren-Widén on . Posted in Beauty photography, Commercial photography, Videos

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Every new day is a new challenge for a photographer. Will it be a portrait, sports, fashion or something else completely? And no matter what that day brings, it must always end in the same way – with a great shot. Follow acclaimed fashion and portrait photographer Andreas Lundberg over one week as he tries out the new Profoto D2 – the world’s fastest monolight – and see how he overcomes his challenges. Thursday’s studio shoot was a mission to seize the moment with flair for hair.

Every photographer knows that there is a tiny difference between good and great. In order to master the great, you have to be able to rely on your equipment – equipment that is always up to speed.

“Speed is everything. It sets my creativity free,” Andreas Lundberg explains.

A photographer might need to freeze action with absolute sharpness. The D2 brings pin sharp clarity with a flash duration of 1/63.000 of a second. That is fast enough to catch the best of any moment. Ask your subject to jump and you’ll have 20 mid-air exposures to choose from.

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These Sparkling Portraits Will Put Stars in Your Eyes

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Beauty photography

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The stars in the sky have been a source of inspiration for artists ever since we humans first started to express ourselves creatively. If you want a modern day example from the world of photography, look no further. Andrea Zvadova’s sparkling portraits will put stars in your eyes.

“When you’re away from the city and you see the stars in the sky, you feel so close to them,” says Andrea. “The world becomes quiet for a while. The same goes for the northern lights, slowly glowing in the air, floating, and radiating vivid colors. It was this startling sensation of looking up at the night sky that I tried to capture in these images.”

Andrea could have achieved this result in a number of ways. But rather than relying on postproduction, she decided to get as much as possible in camera.

“It was mostly done with makeup and lighting,” says Andrea. “I have makeup artist Lukáš Kimlika to thank for much of it. Lukáš covered the model’s face in glitter and colors. You know, I’d never seen so much glitter in my life before! The five-year-old me would’ve been the happiest girl in the world that day! It still was a lot of fun, but also very messy. For every shot we had to remove all the make-up and start all over again. That’s why we had two models, Karolina from Elite and Tasha from Exit. They both ended up with black glittery faces and had to go home looking like Star Wars characters. The studio was, of course, also covered in glitter. There was a lot of cleaning up to do that day…” Read more

Light Shaping Tool of the Month: ZoomSpot

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Each month we highlight a certain item in Profoto’s rich assortment of Light Shaping Tools (previous articles can be found here). This month we talk to Profoto evangelist Andrea Belluso about a rare tool designed to get your creative juices flowing: the ZoomSpot.

Stage lighting is a fundamental part of the illusion created at the theater. The spotlight is probably the most recognizable tool used to achieve this effect. Its distinct light is used to follow the actor on stage and for projecting patterns on the background, to name just a few examples. The Profoto ZoomSpot works much in the same way. But it is not a continuous light – it is a flash.

In other words, the ZoomSpot is special application flash head that creates a hard and directed light, which can be focused and shaped into all kinds of shapes and patterns. The unit houses two lenses that can be pulled back and forth to either sharpen or diffuse the edges of the shadow, while the built-in iris diaphragm is used to adjust the diameter of the spotlight. Four metal inserts are also included. These are used to change the circular shape into a square, a triangle, a rectangle, and so on. There is also a holder for filters and gobos, so that you can project pretty much any shape you can imagine onto a background or the subject itself.

“I love the ZoomSpot,” says Andrea Belluso. “It’s not a tool I use every day, but for certain assignments it’s just perfect. It’s such a playful and fun thing to work with. You just can’t help but experiment with it, and you always end up discovering something new and exciting in the process.” Read more