Rossella Vanon gets creative with the OCF Gels

Written by Jens-Linus Lundgren-Widén on . Posted in Fashion photography, Off-camera flash, Portrait photography

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© Rossella Vanon

© Rossella Vanon

Flash is an essential part of light shaping, but to catch the right feeling in your pictures you cannot always solely rely on light. With the OCF Gels you can shape light in color and create the mood you are after. To show an example, we asked fashion and beauty photographer Rossella Vanon to get creative.

Lighting and color has always been important ingredients in Rossella Vanon’s photography. Her delicate and dreamy, yet bold and rich look and feel has awarded her international acclaim in just a few years.

“I always prefer the look of gels used subtly and in a targeted way to when the colors are allowed to take over the entire image, uncontrolled,” says Rossella. “However, it tends to require the use of more light sources and certainly more time positioning and figuring out a balance between the place and intensity of all sources.”

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Frederico Martins adds color to his palette with OCF Gels

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

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© Frederico Martins

© Frederico Martins

Profoto products are usually not associated with color. But the brand new OCF Gels are about to change that. The new product itself is, of course, black and white. But for the first time in Profoto’s almost 50-year long history, you can now shape light in color.

Being creative with color gels is something Portuguese fashion photographer Frederico Martins does almost daily. Using contrasting colors to accentuate feelings is part of his modus operandi. So when we asked him to try out the new OCF Gels, he knew exactly what to do. His plan was simple yet challenging: shoot five different portraits, in five different color schemes, with five different people, in five different locations in his hometown Porto, Portugal.

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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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Zhang Jingna’s Top 10 Fashion Photography Lighting Tools

Written by Zhang Jingna on . Posted in Commercial photography, Fashion photography

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© Zhang Jingna

© Zhang Jingna

We believe that you love the work of fashion and fine art photographer Zhang Jingna as much as we do. Her previous articles have covered areas such as commercial shoots, personal projects and tips on how to break into fashion photography. This time she will talk about her favorite tools and how she uses them. Here is the story, in Jingna’s own words. 

In my previous article on how to break into fashion photography, I mentioned a few lighting modifiers frequently used in the industry. In this piece, I would like to provide some examples of those modifiers used in my work, and also share with you my thoughts on a range of other equipment that I favor in the studio. I hope you will find this article helpful!

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Jason Bell Shoots Benedict Cumberbatch & Turns Day Into Night

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Fashion photography

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Even those of you who haven’t heard the name Jason Bell before have probably seen his images. With a portfolio brimful of portraits of a-list celebrities such as Scarlett Johanson, Johnny Deep and David Beckham, plus film poster for movies such as Love Actually, About a Boy and Bridget Jones, you’d have to been living under a rock for the last decade to miss them.

In the latest video by the good people over at Phase One, we get to join Jason Bell behind-the-scenes on a recent fashion shoot for Vanity Fair involving the lovely actor with the best name ever: Benedict Cumberbatch.

Benedict, who turns out to be an engaged and compliant subject to work with, climbs up a tree and jumps backwards into a murky lake. All in the sake of art.

Jason Bell, on the other hand, uses three powerful Profoto Pro-8 flashes, cranks up the power and overpowers the sun to effectively turn day into night. Photogenic dogs, softboxes and overheated smoke machines also included. Read more