Free Webinar Today on Alternative Lighting Styles with Profoto RFi Softboxes

Written by Ron Egatz on . Posted in Webinars

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Tired of using the same old lighting setups? Need a burst of inspiration? Then may we suggest that you join today’s free webinar on alternative lighting techniques?

The webinar lasts for 40 min, during which John Williamson will demonstrate three alternative lighting scenarios using the new Profoto RFi softboxes.

Visit this page today before scheduled start time, enter your email address, ZIP code, and country, and you are good to go.

  • Date: Today!
  • Time: 19:00 CET (10:00 LA, 13:00 NY, 18:00 London, 19:00 Paris, 01:00 Beijing, 02:00 Tokyo, 04:00 Sydney)
  • Cost: FREE!

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Light Shaping Tool of the Month Contest!

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Contest

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Each month for the last year, we have highlighted one item in Profoto’s rich assortment of Light Shaping Tools. Today, it is exactly one year ago since we presented the first piece on the Umbrella XL. (Since then we have also highlighted the HR Lantern, the Softlight Reflector, the Softbox 3×4’ RF, the ProRing 2, the Zoom Reflector, the Giant Silver, the Softbox 5’ Octa, the TeleZoom Reflector, the Cine Reflector Video Production Kit, the Narrow Beam Travel Reflector and the ProGlobe.)

To celebrate this anniversary, we have decided to give away the tool that was featured in our very first Light Shaping Tool piece: the Umbrella XL. The Umbrella XL has a diameter of 165 cm (65 in) and is available in white, silver and translucent versions. We will give away one of each version. In addition, we will gave away Profoto goodie-bags to another twenty of those who enter the competition.

To get a chance to win, simply click here.

The Month in Review: November

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in News

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Another month has passed, and it is once again time to revisit the most popular stories from the last couple of weeks. Here are the top five from November:

  • Silver & Light, Part III
    Ian Ruhter’s third video and blog post wins by a landslide. More than 50,000 people watched this just the first week. If you are not one of them, you are missing out on something spectacular.
  • NEW: Profoto RFi Softboxes
    Our new line of softboxes was greeted with a warm response. The softboxes are available in twelve sizes and four models and are compatible with 26 different flash brands. Watch the video to learn more.
  • Matthew Lowery’s Product Photography
    Matthew Lowery’s product photography seem to have struck a chord with our readers. We have no problem understanding way. Inspiring stuff for sure.
  • RFi Softboxes Put to the Test
    Tobias Björkgren was one of the very first photographer to lay his hands on the new RFi softboxes, and it was evidently a pleasure to see the results.
  • Brent Lewin: Stealing Beauty
    Brent Lewin’s images of the Chin people and their fading facial tattoo tradition constitutes a striking combination of documentary photography and portrait photography.

VIDEO: Square RFi

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in RFi

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Sometimes you need a soft symmetric light source. For instance, you might be a portrait photographer in need of a flattering key light or a product photographer looking for that perfectly square highlight with soft edges. These are two of many situations when a square softbox comes in handy.

The new Profoto Square RFi softbox is available in two sizes:

  • Softbox RFi 2×2′ (60x60cm)
  • Softbox RFi 3×3′ (90x90cm)

The smaller version is particularly popular among mobile fashion and portrait photographers, who appreciate the fact that it is not only a highly controllable key light, but also lightweight and quick and easy and to set up.

If you want to learn more about the Square RFi or RFi softboxes in general,

please visit our dedicated RFi website.

Bret Hartman’s Elegant Portrait of Chad Griffin

Written by M. Gertz on . Posted in Portrait photography

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Strobist has featured a portrait by photographer Bret Hartman that, he says, “stopped me in my tracks.” Instead of being over-the-top and dramatic, Hartman’s portrait is “very Arnold Newman, actually, with its meticulous geometric composition, lighting and attention to detail.”

They interview him and he gives details about everything from the assignment process to the evolution of the shot to what it’s like to work with photo editors who want to crop your shot. Hartman’s one-light-setup used a 22” Softlight Reflector on a Profoto Pro-7b pack with a silver reflector.

Read the full account and see more of his work here. Read more