Posts Tagged ‘Ab Sesay’

Creating Hard Light with a Softbox

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Lighting tips

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©Ab Sesay

Softboxes are great. They are easy to work with, they are easy to bring along to on-location shoot, and, last but not least, they are versatile. Fredrik Franzén and photographer Ab Sesay have together produced eight articles that highlights the latter. This is the first one.

The softbox is one of the most popular tools for light shaping. Most of us use it to create a soft, even and flattering light, but what we often forget is that the softbox is a versatile tool that can also be used to create a harder light with sharper shadows. This article will take a closer look at its properties.

All images in this article were lit with just one softbox: the Profoto RFi 3’Octa, standing in exactly the same place at exactly the same angle. But as you can see, the images are quite different. So how did we do that? Read more

Light Shaping Tool of the Month: Magnum Reflector

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Fashion photography

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Each month we highlight a certain item in Profoto’s rich assortment of Light Shaping Tools. (If you want to browse through previous articles, click the Light Shaping Tool of the Month banner on the right.) This month we talk to Ab Sesay about one of his favorite tools: the Magnum Reflector.

Ab is a commercial advertising photographer based in New York. After more than ten years in the industry, Ab has shot pretty much everything, but it’s often people photography that gets his creative juices flowing.

In addition to freelancing, Ab also works as Creative Director at Profoto US. As such, he is sometimes asked to shoot with a particular Light Shaping Tool to show its unique effects and benefits. The image in this article is the result of one such assignment, and the tool in question was, of course, the Magnum Reflector.

“The assignment was simple,” says Ab. “Show what you can do with just a single Magnum. My response to that was to do a shoot where I’d try to imitate the effect of the late summer sun when it’s about two hours away from setting – low enough in the sky for the light to have some direction, but high enough to still be at full intensity.” Read more