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

Professional Photographer Reviews Profoto StripLights

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Review

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Are you a product photographer looking to create long and perfectly even highlights with soft edges? In that case a StripLight might be the tool for you!

British photographer Matt Seed recently tried shooting a beautiful guitar with a Profoto StripLight M, as part of an in-depth review for Professional Photographer UK.

“You couldn’t get these results with any other light,” writes Matt. “Manufacturers tend to make a ‘striplight’ version of a softbox, which has a similar shape, but you’ll never get that absolutely pristine, straight light. Plus the precise barn door control down to a centimetre, you can’t get that on a softbox.”

Read the rest of Matt’s review here.

Joao Carlos on Lighting Olympic Athletes

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Portrait photography

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Remember Joao Carlos, whose beautiful image Free Fallin won our Light Shaping Tool of the Month contest back a while ago? Did you also know that Joao has his own blog where he shares useful tips and tricks on how to light?

One of Joao’s latest posts highlights on-location shoot with Portuguese Olympic medalist Francis Obikwelu and his good friend and tri-athalete Bruno Brito. Joao, who wanted to keep it simple and stay moving, decided to bring along his Profoto Pro-B3 1200 AirS battery generator.

“Working on location is always a challenge,” writes Joao. “There is not enough time. There is not enough space. There is not enough light.”

Read the rest of the story and learn how he solved it. Read more

VIDEO: Octa RFi

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in RFi

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Octagonal softboxes are commonly used for such purposes as fashion, beauty and portrait photography. One of the most important reasons for this is that their unique shape creates a beautiful, natural looking catch light in the subject’s eye.

The brand new Profoto Octa RFi is available in two versions:

  • Softbox RFi 3′ Octa (90cm)
  • Softbox RFi 5′ Octa (150cm)

Fashion and portrait photographers requiring a soft, even yet controllable key light favor the smaller versions. The larger version creates a beautiful fill light and has a relatively flat shape, making it surprisingly easy to handle.

Also note that you can transform the Octa RFi into a parabolic reflector by simply removing both diffusers!

If you want to learn more about Strip RFi or RFi softboxes in general,
please visit our dedicated RFi website.

Nikonians Reviews the RFi Softboxes

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Review

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On November 1, Profoto released a new line of softboxes, compatible with all major flash brands, ranging all the way from high-end studio strobes to speedlights. It might not come as a big surprise that Nikonians’ Academy Director Mike Hagen was especially curious about the latter: the RFi speedring adapter for Nikon/Canon. If you want to hear Mike’s opinion about the Nikon/Canon speedring adaptor, click here.

Here is a little teaser:

“For me though, the best feature of the new RFi equipment is the brand-new RFi Speedring for Nikon and Canon speedlights. Using this means the entire line of RFi equipment is fully compatable with flashes like the Nikon SB-910 and SB-700. […] Placing my small strobes in top-of-the-line light shapers is a dream come true and I’m pleased that Profoto now has given small strobe photographers full access to their equipment.”