Light Shaping Tool of the Month: ProGlobe

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Commercial photography

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©Bernhard Spoettel

Each month we highlight a certain item in Profoto’s rich assortment of Light Shaping Tools. We have previously covered the Umbrella XL, 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 and the Narrow Beam Travel Reflector. This time we will take a closer look at the ProGlobe.

The ProGlobe looks like a light bulb and to some extent is behaves like one. In other words, the ProGlobe creates a soft, surrounding light, similar to a bare bulb or a street lamp. Some photographers use it together with a softbox to create a remarkably soft and even light spread, while others use it on its own. German photographer Bernhard Spoettel belongs to the latter category. Read more

NEW: Profoto RFi Softboxes

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in RFi

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Today is the official release date of Profoto’s new line of softboxes: the RFi softboxes.

The fastest and easiest way to learn about the RFi softboxes is to watch the video. But if you are more of the reading type, here is the short version:

RFi softboxes come in twelve models and four shapes: rectangular, square, octagonal and strip. To ensure full control for the photographer, they have a deeper shape, a recessed front, double-layered diffusers and a highly reflective silver interior. Optional accessories, such as Softgrids and Stripmasks, are available for even more precise light shaping.

We are also launching a new line of speedring adaptors that makes the RFi softboxes compatible with more than 20 different flash brands, ranging all the way from speedlights to high-end studio strobes. The speedring adaptors are designed so that the RFi softboxes can be rotated 360°. Add to that Profoto’s unique zoom function that allows you to slide the softbox back and forth on the head. Also, the speedring adaptors are color coded to make the softboxes as easy as possible to assemble and dissemble.

Last but not least, each RFi softbox is hand-sewn with heat resistant, high-quality fabrics, and all seam lines, edges and corner pockets are reinforced. These babies are built to last.

To learn more about the RFi softboxes, check out our designated RFi website.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment below or contact us on Twitter.

We will try to answer every single question as fast as possible!

The Month in Review: October

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in News

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Time flies. 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 October:

  • Ari Magg: Nordic Light
    If you have not yet read our interview with Icelandic photographer Ari Magg, and, most importantly, if you have not yet seen his images, you are missing out on something special.
  • Silver & Light, part II
    Our favorite (and admittedly only) guest blogger Ian Ruhter returned with a second video. If extraordinary dedication and unique lighting techniques is what gets your creative juices flowing, this is a must.
  • Webinar: The Beauty of Hard Light
    Our latest webinar was recorded and can now be watched as a video. Do not miss this opportunity to better understand the hard side of lighting!
  • Shallow Depth-of-Field for Studio Portraiture
    Mark Wallace always delivers. This time he uses a variety of lighting setups to get some beautifully dreamy portraits with shallow depth of field. Highly recommended.
  • Gordon Andersson’s Dancer in the Dark
    Swedish photographer Gordon Andersson used the continuous light unit ProTungsten to shoot artful portraits of a dancer. Beautiful stuff.

VIDEO: Step Into Mr. Bond’s Shoes

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Videos

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They say you can judge a man by his shoes. If so, what shoes does James Bond wear? Well, as this video reveals, he wears Crocket & Jones shoes.

The video was shot by Northampton-based studio Frasershot, who were asked by Crocket & Jones to produce a classy image showing what Mr. Bond James Bond wears on his feet in the movie Skyfall.

“We shot it on the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III using Profoto lighting running from the D4 power pack,” writes Frasershot on their blog. “The main part of this image is captured using the Softbox 1×6′ RF in order to get the long running light down the surface of the shoe. We then used two more lights to give catchlights on both the heel and toe of the shoes.”

Read the rest of the story at Frasershot’s blog.

Ho Quang Captures the Childrens’ Dreams

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Portrait photography

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Ho Quang is a photography student based in Sydney, Australia. However, the focus of Ho’s concerns lies not in Australia, but  in Vietnam.

“Vietnam’s recent economic gains have been accompanied by rapid urbanisation, unemployment and and homelessness,” says Ho. “This has forced many families and children to migrate to the cities in search of a better life – often putting children at risk of abuse and exploitation.”

Feeling the need to do something, Huynh grabbed his camera and went overseas. Once in Vietnan, he started what would later be named the Untold Stories project.

“The aim of the project is to produce a series if images that portray a variety of children who are, in reality, living under difficult circuimstances (in other words, street children or from poor background), in scenes that represents their future dreams and aspirations – for example, to be able to go to school, to be a teacher, a doctor, a barber, etcetera.”

In other words, each image you see here represents the future dreams of respective child. For instance, the kid in the video and in the image below wants to study martial.

If you click the “read more” button you will find videos and images of children who wants be librarians, teachers, opera singers, painters, architects, etcetera

You can also find more information about the project at Ho’s website. Read more