Photokina epilogue: Gert Krautbauer shoots Conny Dufgran

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Photokina

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Profoto's founder Conny Dufgran | ©Get Krautbauer

Profoto’s founder Conny Dufgran | ©Get Krautbauer

Photokina 2012 has closed its doors. Thanks to all those of you who visited our booth and followed us on our blog. Without you none of it would have made any sense. We would also like to take this opportunity to once again say thanks to the photographers who let us use their images in our booth. For your information, the response from the visitors was very, very good!

Finally, we would like to share some portraits of Conny Dufgran, shot in our booth by German photographer Gert Krautbauer. For those of you who do not know, Conny Dufgran is one of the two founders of Profoto. Conny and his partner Eckhard Heine introduced the Pro-1, the very first Profoto generator, at Photokina in 1968. Eckhard is unfortunately no longer with us, but Conny is to this day at the heart and soul of Profoto.

If I remember correctly, Gert used a single D1 monolight with a White Umbrella M for this shoot. You can see more of his images at his website.

Profoto’s CEO Anders Hedebark & founder Conny Dufgran | ©Gert Krautbauer

Kirk Tuck on the Profoto AcuteB 600

Written by Ron Egatz on . Posted in Lighting Tips

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©Lee Cherry

©Lee Cherry

Often, a box of speedlights just isn’t enough. If you’re ready to make the jump from speedlights to something a little (or a lot) more powerful, check out this post by Kirk Tuck found on The Visual Science Lab. A proponent of minimalist lighting, Kirk tried out the Profoto AcuteB 600 when an outdoor assignment demanded more power from his equipment.

He writes:

“Until you’ve spent years running extension cords from far off plugs and then taping them down so that people don’t trip over them you don’t really know just how freeing it is to: set up, power up and shoot without slowing down to do things the old ways. Conversely, if you’ve always shot with speed lights you’ll be amazed at how much flexibility in light placement, modifier size and other options that a professional system like this give you.” Read More

VIDEO: Moshe Zusman and Profoto D1

Written by Ron Egatz on . Posted in Videos

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Moshe Zusman started working with Profoto gear in 2011. He immediately fell in love with the D1 series. He recently let us put together a video about a shoot he did with the help of the nonprofit organization Madison House.

“The video really captures the shoot, and walks viewers through the day, from beginning to end,” says Zusman. “Having good-looking models and a killer photography team made it very easy. Doing this shoot with the D1 kits was very easy because of the simplicity of using the tools. It really was as easy as it looks. What you see is what you get. The lighting is reliable. Nothing was altered in post-production for the video.” Read More

Profoto at Photokina: Final day

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Photokina

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Profoto Booth (hall 9 stand B10)

Profoto Booth (hall 9 stand B10)

Today is the final day of Photokina 2012. The Profoto booth can be found in hall 9.1 stand B10. Seize the opportunity to try the new Pro-B4, see the entire line of not yet released RFi softboxes and participate in our competition and win a Light Shaping Tool of your choice.

In fact, since it is the final day of the fair, we have a special gift for those of you who find our staff writer Fredrik Franzén and says ‘hello’.

See you there!

Profoto at Photokina: At the Docma booth with Doc Baumann

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Photokina

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The Docma booth

The Docma booth

Today, we visit the Docma booth in hall 4.2. Docma is a printed magazine for advanced Photoshop users, and each issue comes with a free Adobe Lightroom preset, created by the staff at Docma. To promote the presets as well as the actual magazine, the staff has set up a small studio at Photokina where visitors can get their picture taken and retouched with the above-mentioned presets.

The set up they are using is quite unusual. They have four diffusion panels and a white carpet floor. There are D1 monolights with Beauty Dishes on each side. Another two D1 monolights with Softbox 1×6’ RFs are standing on each side of the photographer (Doc Baumann, who also happens to be the Editor in Chief). Finally, there is a fifth D1 monolight above the subject – equipped with an Umbrella XL White.

The purpose of this lighting set up is to create images that are rich in detail yet subtle in contrast, which in turn cuts down the retouching process to a couple of minutes. You will find a couple of before-and-after examples with different presets below. Read More