How to create natural light with flash

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Off-camera flash, On location, Videos

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Lifestyle photographer Adam Angelides’ portfolio is a mix of images shot with flash and images shot with ambient light only. But they all look and feel equally natural. Keep reading to learn how he does it.

Sometimes the ambient light is just perfect. But usually it’s not. It’s too bright. It’s too dark. It’s the middle of the day when you want a glowing sunset.

That’s why we use flash. With flash you’re in full control. If it’s too bright you use it to overpower the sun. If it’s too dark you light up your subject. If it’s the wrong time of day you add an orange color gel and create your own sunset.

The trick is to make it look natural. People should pay attention to the image, not the technique behind it.

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Rising Light: Olha Melokhina is a synonym for ambitious in Ukrainian

Written by Harley Anderson on . Posted in Rising light

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© Olha Melokhina

© Olha Melokhina

Rising Light is an article series highlighting promising photography students from all over the world. This month we introduce Olha Melokhina at the Cosumnes River College in Sacramento.

When I first saw Olha Melokhina’s website I remembered thinking: “This is student work? She can’t be a student, this is too good for student work.”

Seems I was right and wrong. Olha is a student and the work on her website is in fact hers. If Olha’s work looks too polished for somebody still in college it’s because she’s been taking pictures and actually making money at it, since 2003.

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Shooting at the Cannes Film Festival: The Look of Three Photographers

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Events, Off-camera flash, On location

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The Cannes Film Festival – the film industries most popular event in cinema and an important photographic moment. We asked three photographers to share their views on the festival with us. Discover the work of Frédéric StucinFabrice Dall’anese, and Olivier Anrigo. 

Festival de Cannes, The Cannes Festival, founded in 1946 is considered the most prestigious film festival in the world. The invitation-only festival is held annually at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès. But what’s it like being a photographer there? We talked to three photographers about their experience.

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Rossella Vanon gets creative with the OCF Gels

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

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© Rossella Vanon

© Rossella Vanon

Flash is an essential part of light shaping, but to catch the right feeling in your pictures you cannot always solely rely on light. With the OCF Gels you can shape light in color and create the mood you are after. To show an example, we asked fashion and beauty photographer Rossella Vanon to get creative.

Lighting and color has always been important ingredients in Rossella Vanon’s photography. Her delicate and dreamy, yet bold and rich look and feel has awarded her international acclaim in just a few years.

“I always prefer the look of gels used subtly and in a targeted way to when the colors are allowed to take over the entire image, uncontrolled,” says Rossella. “However, it tends to require the use of more light sources and certainly more time positioning and figuring out a balance between the place and intensity of all sources.”

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Busting a move with Taylor Swift and the Profoto D1

Written by Jens-Linus Lundgren-Widén on . Posted in Portrait photography

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© Jordan Curtis Hughes

© Jordan Curtis Hughes

Taylor Swift is arguably one of the biggest pop stars in modern time. To take her portrait is not something you do in an instant. Or? Music photographer Jordan Curtis Hughes took a three day trip to LA to meet her and her huge crew. We met him and asked him to tell us all about it.

The life of a portraiture and music photographer can be one of fast turns and quick changes. Jordan Curtis Hughes’s shooting with Taylor Swift, for example, was really last minute. The job was confirmed Monday and Jordan was told he would be flying to LA the following Thursday to shoot the pop star.

“That’s what makes it exciting though, and stops you overthinking things!” Jordan ensures.

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