Think outside the softbox

Written by Jens-Linus Lundgren-Widén on . Posted in Fashion photography, Lighting tips, Off-camera flash, RFi, The light shaper

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The fact that the softbox is such a common tool doesn’t mean you can’t be creative with it. To prove this we asked Andrea Belluso to do four different fashion setups using nothing but softboxes.

We all know the softbox. When it comes to Light Shaping Tools, it might very well be the most popular and most widely used. But the fact that we see it and use it so often can sometimes make us forget what a versatile and creative tool the softbox actually is.

First of all, there are many different sizes and shapes of softboxes to choose from. Secondly, you can position and direct the softbox in many different ways, which will create very different lighting effects. Put it to the side of your model. Put it above. Direct it straight at your model or feather it and use the fall off. Almost anything is possible with a softbox.

To prove this we asked light shaping guru Andrea Belluso to do four different fashion setups using only softboxes in an out of the box kind of way.

Never one to back down from a challenge, Andrea came up with four unique solutions. He tethered up with his Phase One XF and TetherPro USB 3.0 SuperSpeed and set to work. He used the softbox as side light, he used the softbox as top light, he used it to create a hard light, and he used it as back light to create an even softer light.

How did he do it? Keep reading and we’ll go through each setup one at a time.

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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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