Busting a move with Taylor Swift and the Profoto D1

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

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© Jordan Curtis Hughes

© Jordan Curtis Hughes

Taylor Swift is arguably one of the biggest pop stars in modern time. To take her portrait is not something you do in an instant. Or? Music photographer Jordan Curtis Hughes took a three day trip to LA to meet her and her huge crew. We met him and asked him to tell us all about it.

The life of a portraiture and music photographer can be one of fast turns and quick changes. Jordan Curtis Hughes’s shooting with Taylor Swift, for example, was really last minute. The job was confirmed Monday and Jordan was told he would be flying to LA the following Thursday to shoot the pop star.

“That’s what makes it exciting though, and stops you overthinking things!” Jordan ensures.

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Alba Soler catches
timeless portraits with
the OCF Beauty Dish

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

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© Alba Soler

© Alba Soler

Ever since Alba Soler started to photograph, she has been experimenting with light shaping. Aiming for, and achieving, a crispy beauty light that captivates the eyes of the viewer. Already an accustomed user of the classic Profoto Softlight Reflector, Alba set out to try the new OCF Beauty Dish.

Specialized in shooting children portraiture on-location, Alba needs to be able to move around and being flexible. This means that even though Alba plans her setups well ahead, there always have to be room for improvisation.

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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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Celebrity portraiture in 19 seconds

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

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© Ki Price

© Ki Price

Celebrity portraiture & fashion photographer Ki Price got 19 seconds to shoot a portrait of Star Wars actor John Boyega. Naturally he chose the Profoto B2 as his companion. We asked him about the experience.

One could say that Ki Price’s way into commercial photography was through cinema. Early on he realized the secret behind masterpieces by the likes of Stanley Kubrick, David Lynch, and Hal Hartley – controlling the lighting. Being a self-taught photographer he started to apply that to his photography.

“I like creating an image rather than just taking it”, Ki Price says. “About 8 years ago I really started to get into lighting with flash and realized when I where sent onto assignments I could change a horrible flowery room into a really dramatic portrait.”

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With a Profoto B1 at the Festival of the Horse

Written by Matias Antoniassi on . Posted in Off-camera flash, Portrait photography

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© Matias Antoniassi

© Matias Antoniassi

Portrait photographer Matias Antoniassi had had a dream to shoot Argentinian Gauchos for quite some time. When he finally got the time to do it, he returned to his home country and brought a Profoto B1 with him. This is his own story.

In January 2014 I travelled to Argentina, the land where I was born. Among several photo documentaries that I had to shoot, taking portraits of the Gauchos was one that had been in my mind for several years already. The Gauchos are herdsmen from Argentina’s prairies and are therefore excellent horse riders. It was during the ‘Festival of the Horse’ a regional festival held in Urdinarrain, in the province of Entre Ríos, where Gauchos from all over Argentina congregates, that I was able to shoot these portraits. It was a first for me. But also for a lot of the Gauchos. They live rather solitary and modest lives, one without superfluous technology. The vast majority had never had their portrait taken.

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