What’s the difference between using a CTO gel and no gel at sunset?

Written by Jared Platt on . Posted in Off-camera flash, On location, Wedding 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 CTO gel and no gel.

In the past few blog posts, I have been detailing various scenarios where I use a gel to color the light coming from my flash to match the ambient light, or to contrast against it with an opposite color gel. In the first post, we dealt with a cloudy, rainy, cold day where the sun’d ambient light was very blue because it was blocked by the clouds. In that case, the ambient light was at approximately 6500 kelvins, which is very blue in color. In our second challenge, we photographed indoors and battled it out with a 1960s army of 5000 kelvin florescent lights in an AmTrack train car. But in today’s example, we will race the sun for a portrait with an ambient light temperature of close to 1800 kelvins.

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Sandra Åberg brings out the beauty with the OCF Beauty Dish

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

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© Sandra Åberg

© Sandra Åberg

When the Profoto Softlight Reflector was released in 1980, fashion photographers soon nicknamed it “The Beauty Dish” due to its unique ability to bring out the beauty of the model. Since then it has grown to become one of the most iconic tools for creating a creamy yet crisp light, often referred to as a “beauty light”. To name an example: when photographer Sandra Åberg bought her very first Light Shaping Tool, that one was the one she got – the Beauty Dish.

But there is always room for improvement. For instance, Sandra prefers shooting on location, and the classic Beauty Dish can sometimes be too large and bulky to bring with you. Especially when you’re shooting without an assistant.

Enter the new OCF Beauty Dish from Profoto, which is basically a foldable and more portable version of its classic precursor. The main difference is that the OCF Beauty Dish is not made of metal but high-quality fabrics. When collapsed, it’s stored in a carrying bag that fits in a small backpack. The entire tool, including speedring, deflector plate and diffuser, weighs a mere 0.53 kg (1.2 lbs.). In other words, it’s a lot easier to bring with you.

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How To Create the Golden Hour With No Sun

Written by Harley Anderson on . Posted in Portrait photography, Videos, Wedding photography

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Lin & Jirsa Photography shares their secrets to achieving unique and creative wedding imagery in this behind-the-scenes video series. Learn how they use Profoto Off-Camera Flash to control light to match their creative vision and overcome wedding day challenges. In the first episode Lin & Jirsa share their lighting tips and tricks on how to create the golden hour when there is actually no sun. Watch and learn.

Can you tell the difference between a photo that was taken at golden hour and one used a clever lighting technique to recreate golden hour? Read the full article about the shoot on SLR Lounge.

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Keep Moving With the Profoto B2 & Siddharth Sharma

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

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© Siddharth Sharma

© Siddharth Sharma

We claim that the Profoto B2 is a portable flash that allows you to keep moving. But to prove it, we encourage photographers to share their best on-location shots on Instagram. Out of the many stunning images we have seen, we have now selected one and asked the photographer behind it to reveal how it was shot.

Wedding photographer, and former software engineer, Siddharth Sharma had no intention to go pro. Photography was just a hobby. The only project he committed to was documenting his friend’s son growing up. However, for each image he shot, the urge to turn his hobby into his profession grew stronger and stronger. Finally, in early 2014 he decided to become a fulltime wedding photographer.

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Traveling Wedding Photographer Muse Chan Brings the Profoto B1 to Iceland

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

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Hong Kong based wedding photographer Muse Chan travels the world with his Profoto B1 Off-Camera Flash. In this behind the scenes video we follow him when he visits Iceland to shoot mystically beautiful images on location. We talked with him and he tells a story of how he and his team conquered the Icelandic storms and how they had to flee from a burning car – all for the perfect shot.

Muse Chan, the founder of Muse Muse Photography, has truly made a name for himself in wedding photography. After working as an Art Director with multimedia design, advertising and portrait photography for well over 13 years, he started his own business in 2006. Besides working as full time photographer he holds workshops all around the world.

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