3 Tips and tricks for lighting dramatic fitness portraits

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Ordinary to extraordinary is a behind the scenes video series where Lin&Jirsa Photography shares their secrets to achieving unique and creative imagery. In this episode Pye shares a few tips on how you best light for dramatic fitness portraits.

Finding the perfect light depends on your subject matter and the desired effect. By creating dramatic highlights and shadows you can really chisel out the human body when taking athletic fitness and athletic portraits.

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Shooting downhill bikers with the Narrow Beam Reflector and Profoto B1

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

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Óscar Santiago is a sports photographer with a knack for capturing action-filled images of downhill and off-road bikers. We had a short chat with him to learn about the secret behind his striking pictures: The Narrow Beam Reflector.

Being a photographer means you not only need to be able to spot an opportunity, but you also must have the ability to seize the moment and create amazing images while doing so. One of these moments occurred when Óscar Santiago was given the chance to shoot up-and-coming Spanish downhill star Telma Terrogrosa – which is something Óscar has wanted to do for some time. So when Telma agreed to take part in the shoot, Óscar new exactly what to do.

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Iain Crawford puts the Pro-10 to the test in a grandiose powder shoot

Written by Jens-Linus Lundgren-Widén on . Posted in Videos

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Iain Crawford is renowned for his stunning high-speed beauty photography. He is also one of those photographers who thinks big. This time, the recipe for his grandiose idea involved 60 kg of holi powder, a strong compressor, a daredevil model and an army of new speed redefining Pro-10 studio generators.

Iain has made a name for himself with his high-speed beauty photography. He has a knack for capturing the emotion in the moment and is famous for his stunning images of frozen liquids, paint and powder. He is highly experienced in high-speed photography and its technical challenges, having developed many unique techniques to set up and capture his striking imagery.

“I find it interesting to capture moments of controlled chaos. That’s why I find flash a particularly powerful way of doing it because it allows me to capture that exact moment which only exists once. You’ve taken a moment in time and frozen it.”

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A week in a photographer’s life: Friday – Flash the splash

Written by Jens-Linus Lundgren-Widén on . Posted in Commercial photography, Editorial photography, Fashion photography, On location, Videos

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Every new day is a new challenge for a photographer. Will it be a portrait, sports, fashion or something else completely? And no matter what that day brings, it must always end in the same way – with a great shot. Follow acclaimed fashion and portrait photographer Andreas Lundberg over one week as he tried out the new Profoto D2 – the world’s fastest monolight with TTL – and see how he overcomes his challenges.

In the Friday grand finale, Andreas fits in a full pack shot and travels to Häringe Castle where he captures splashes of water enveloping a pair of exclusive shoes in a scene reminiscent of The Great Gatsby.

Speed is versatility and if you have speed on your side, you can tackle most problems at hand. Being a photographer means being a problem solver, a doer and a visionary. Every day you push the envelope, yet every day you have to come up with the next brightest idea. Always being up to speed is the biggest challenge you will face.

On the last day before a well-deserved weekend, Andreas set out to do a location shoot for an international shoe brand. This time he did a two-in-one job. The perks of having a versatile tool at your disposal are that you yourself become more flexible and can take on more challenges. The brand that Andreas was shooting for needed campaign images for the coming season. He was commissioned do both the pack shots and take the hero image.

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A week in a photographer’s life: Thursday – Flair for hair

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Every new day is a new challenge for a photographer. Will it be a portrait, sports, fashion or something else completely? And no matter what that day brings, it must always end in the same way – with a great shot. Follow acclaimed fashion and portrait photographer Andreas Lundberg over one week as he tries out the new Profoto D2 – the world’s fastest monolight – and see how he overcomes his challenges. Thursday’s studio shoot was a mission to seize the moment with flair for hair.

Every photographer knows that there is a tiny difference between good and great. In order to master the great, you have to be able to rely on your equipment – equipment that is always up to speed.

“Speed is everything. It sets my creativity free,” Andreas Lundberg explains.

A photographer might need to freeze action with absolute sharpness. The D2 brings pin sharp clarity with a flash duration of 1/63.000 of a second. That is fast enough to catch the best of any moment. Ask your subject to jump and you’ll have 20 mid-air exposures to choose from.

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