Join Car Photographer Frederic Schlosser on His Epic Road Trip Through Europe

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Frederic Schlosser

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German car photographer Frederic Schlosser is about to embark on an epic road trip through Europe. And you’re welcome to join him.

Part road trip and part photographic journey, the trip sees Frederic combining his two great passions in life: fast cars and flash photography.

Frederic and his friends will be driving through Europe in an Audi R8 and an Audi S3. Packed in the trunk are a couple of B1 off-camera flashesCar Chargers (connected to the car cigarette connector and used for charging the B1’s batteries ) and RFi Softboxes.

The goal: to shoot stunning images of these stunning cars in a number of stunning locations throughout Europe. If you’re familiar with Frederic’s previous work, you’ll have no doubts that he’ll succeed.

Follow him on his journey on his Facebook page and on his Instagram account.

This is not to be missed!

Light Shaping Tool of the Month: Snoot

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Profoto Light Shaping Tool of the Month Snoot

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Each month we highlight a certain item in Profoto’s rich assortment of Light Shaping Tools. This month we talk to Canadian photographer Jonathan Menga about a simple yet fun and creative tool: the Snoot.

The Snoot is such a simple design that it is easy to overlook the possibilities it brings. The Snoot is basically just a metallic cone that you attach in front of your Zoom Reflector with the help of the Grid & Filter Holder. Unlike most hard reflectors, the Snoot has a black, non-reflective inside and a bunch of angled corners designed to prevent the light from bouncing around inside it. This means that the Snoot prevents any reflected or diffused light from hitting the subject. The only light shining through its opening is the direct light coming straight from the flash tube. This results in a direct and hard light with a very limited light spread.

This can be used for a great number of things. Some photographers use it in a more subtle way. For instance, they might want a certain detail highlighted in their product shot or the darker parts of a portrait, let us say the hair, slightly brighter and more detailed. But there are also photographers like Jonathan Menga who use the Snoot in a way so that its effect becomes directly visible. Check the first image above. Notice something strange? Yeah, how come the stripes are fading away in the guys face? Right, that is the Snoot in action! Read more

Andrew Link Shoots a $500.000 Car with the D1 Monolight

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Andrew Link is a New York-based photographer specializing in shooting expensive cars, celebrities and celebrities in front of expensive cars. A recent shoot involved shooting a $500.000 car with the D1 monolight.

The shoot was done last year in Japan for Rides – a glossy magazine dedicated to custom cars that will make your own wheels want to crawl in and hide under the bed. But Rides didn’t just want one image of one car. They wanted 161 images of 30 cars, of which the most expensive was worth $500.000. That’s enough to make any photographer go nervous. But Andrew pulled it off with style.

The shoot was two years in the planning and involved one Phase One camera with a 80 megapixel back and three D1 monolight powered by two BatPacs. Andrew used 10 & 80 mm lenses for the close ups and a 35 mm lenses for the full car shots and the interior shots.

Head over to Andrew’s website to see more of his work.

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Mark Kensett Jumps off a Roof with the Pro-B4

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When Mark Kensett was asked to shoot a series of promotional images for a UK dancing school, he decided to bring the students with him to a roof top and have them jump off it. (No it’s not as bad as it sounds.)

The Northern Academy for the Performing Arts is a school for dance, drama and musical theatre skills, located in the city of Hull in northern England. The school is thriving community, far from many peoples view of old dancing schools, and Mark wanted to somehow show that. His solution? Bring the kids up on the roof and let them dance. Sort of.

“I thought the flat roof was large enough and the architecture interesting enough to get an eye catching image,” writes Mark on his blog. “But could we get a sense of drama? My original idea was to create a parkour inspired image, run along and off a pitched roof, it was safe in every sense of the word. “Why don’t we jump off the roof?” they [the dancers] replied. Well if you’re sure… So, five dancers, two Pro-B4 packs, three ProHead Plus heads, Magnum Reflectors and a Softlight Reflector and away we went.”

You’ll find the final images plus some behind-the-scenes shots below.

Head over to Mark’s blog for the full story.



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The B1 Off-camera Flash on Heavy-Duty Use

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Fullframe Photographics is an Australian team of commercial photographers, retouching artists and production assistants. One of the teams latest assignments involved shooting a dusty mine site during the hottest month of the year. For this they brought the B1 off-camera flash.

The BackPack M that photographer Dale Travers can be seen carrying houses two B1 off-camera flashes. Attached to the straps are a Magnum Reflector and a Zoom Reflector.

“Ultimately these flashes are the next generation of studio lights for location work,” writes Dale on the team’s website. “Size and weight capabilities of these new units means we can produce high quality work for our clients on location with minimal wight and they proved as reliable as the rest of our Profoto gear.”

The full article can be found here. Be sure to check it out.

You will find most of the stills and a couple of bts shots below.

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