Business portraits beyond the desk with the Profoto B1

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

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© Viktorija Grigorjevaite

© Viktorija Grigorjevaite

When you think of corporate and business portrait photography, creative and inspiring art directing may not be the first words that come to mind. If, on the other hand, you were to ask advertising photographer Viktorija Grigorjevaite, she would disagree.

In preparation for the International Festival for Business, photographer and co-founder of Sane Seven, Viktorija Grigorjevaite, was asked to put together a display with extraordinary business portraits of 36 charismatic business leaders. A challenge she and her three Profoto B1 Off-Camera Flashes were more than happy to take on. The Beyond the Desk exhibition emerged from her hard work and passionate lighting.

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Louis Pang’s Shoots Three Different Corporate Portraits With the Profoto B1

Written by Louis Pang on . Posted in Portrait photography

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© Louis Pang

© Louis Pang

Louis Pang is an international, award-winning photographer based in Malaysia. On the Profoto Blog he has previously written about his different shoots. Now he is back with some behind the scene images from a Corporate Shooting in a shopping mall in Borneo.

I was tasked to photograph Dr. Raymond Yu, CEO of IMAGO, the swankiest shopping mall in Borneo. My goal was to walk away with three different shots. The versatility of the Profoto B1, power-cord-free, all-in-one package of hardware makes it a great light for location shoot.

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Raising awareness on-location

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

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© Stephanie Diani

© Stephanie Diani

Last year we introduced you to some of Stephanie Diani’s arresting imagery. This year, the awareness campaign Faces of Humanity caught many a photo fans’ eye, and the observant Profoto blog reader also spotted that it was Stephanie providing the dramatic portraits. We had a chat with her to find out how she did the different on-location shoots.

Portraiture photographer Stephanie Diani really has a knack of finding how to tell a tale with her work. In her expressive and vivid portraits she is able to isolate that little something in the poses of her subjects. So when Getty Images asked her to do a shoot for the Canadian Red Cross, highlighting humanitarian field workers, she instantly knew what kind of story she wanted to convey.

“The art director at the Canadian Red Cross and I discussed what we wanted to achieve. Our artistic goal was to create images that engages the viewer and introduced them to the aid workers’ field of expertise. I wanted them to share the feeling of accomplishment that humanitarian work engenders,” says Stephanie.

The photographer explains that in order to achieve the look and feel she was going for, not just light but lighting was essential.

“We lugged 250 lbs of gear across Canada,“ Stephanie claims. Among that were three Profoto D1 Monolights, two Profoto B1 Off-Camera Flashes, and a large variety of Light Shaping Tools.

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What’s the difference between a white and a silver beauty dish?

Written by Jared Platt on . Posted in Off-camera flash, On location, Portrait photography

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© Jared Platt

© Jared Platt

What’s the Difference? is a series of lighting tutorials. Each articleresponds to a single question. In this post, Jared Platt explains the difference between a white and a silver beauty dish.

In my last post, I showed you the difference between a bare head flash and a white beauty dish. A beauty dish creates a directional, but soft light by increasing the relative size of the light and by blocking the original light source and forcing the light to spread evenly around the entire modifier. You probably already know that the relative size of your light determines how soft the light will be, but there are other factors that change the quality of that light. One of those additional factors is the surface of the light modifier itself.

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What’s the Difference Between a Bare Head and a White Beauty Dish?

Written by Jared Platt on . Posted in Off-camera flash, On location, Portrait photography

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© Jared Platt

© Jared Platt

What’s the Difference? is a series of lighting tutorials. Each article responds to a single question. In this post, Jared Platt explains the difference between using a bare head and a white beauty dish.

Photographers instinctively know that a soft box creates soft light, it’s in the name for heaven sake! But the reason is sometimes less obvious to some. If you already know the answer to this quiz, don’t worry, we will get a little more detailed in a moment. The sun (less than an inch in diameter in the sky) is a very hard light and creates very hard shadows, but a 4 foot softbox, placed next to your portrait subject will create soft, beautiful light.  Take that softbox a few hundred yards away from the subject (if the strobe was strong enough) and that light would feel a lot more like the hard sunlight you so desperately want to avoid. Simply put, the quality of light (whether a light is soft or hard) depends on the size of the light to the subject.  No matter what light you have and what modifier you are using, the closer you bring the light to the subject, the softer it will become (even if it is also becoming more powerful in the process).

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