Posts Tagged ‘Andrea Belluso’

With the Profoto B2 for a
12-shoot jaunt around Stockholm

Written by Andrea Belluso on . Posted in The light shaper

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Andrea Belluso is an experienced photographer with more than three decades in the business. He has shot everything from fashion and beauty to portraits and products. He has shot super models and super brands. Every now and then, Andrea takes us behind the scenes of a recent shoot to share some of the knowledge he has gained over the years.

A few weeks ago, my dear friend My Södergren asked me if I could take some pictures of her for advertising her coaching events and for use as promotional material. This is something totally different than what I normally do in photography since I mainly shoot high-end fashion and beauty for commercial purposes.

My is a very bubbly person who holds different types of classes on all sorts of subjects so she was out to get different types of images and feelings in her pictures. She also wanted to get in as many shots as we could a single day.

It was a weekend and I was going to travel again in the next few days so there was no time to start calling assistants and preparing a complex shoot as I normally do. Plus, I really wanted to keep a spontaneous feeling in the pictures and really capture My’s effervescent spirit while using some different locations in Stockholm.

The obvious choice was one that most people are not used to seeing me use, although I use it a lot in many different situations. The Profoto B2 Off Camera Flash would keep me mobile and make my life easy, even without assistants, and it would help me get as many pictures as I wanted in the shortest amount of time.

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Think outside the softbox

Written by Jens-Linus Lundgren-Widén on . Posted in Fashion photography, Lighting tips, Off-camera flash, RFi, The light shaper

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The fact that the softbox is such a common tool doesn’t mean you can’t be creative with it. To prove this we asked Andrea Belluso to do four different fashion setups using nothing but softboxes.

We all know the softbox. When it comes to Light Shaping Tools, it might very well be the most popular and most widely used. But the fact that we see it and use it so often can sometimes make us forget what a versatile and creative tool the softbox actually is.

First of all, there are many different sizes and shapes of softboxes to choose from. Secondly, you can position and direct the softbox in many different ways, which will create very different lighting effects. Put it to the side of your model. Put it above. Direct it straight at your model or feather it and use the fall off. Almost anything is possible with a softbox.

To prove this we asked light shaping guru Andrea Belluso to do four different fashion setups using only softboxes in an out of the box kind of way.

Never one to back down from a challenge, Andrea came up with four unique solutions. He tethered up with his Phase One XF and TetherPro USB 3.0 SuperSpeed and set to work. He used the softbox as side light, he used the softbox as top light, he used it to create a hard light, and he used it as back light to create an even softer light.

How did he do it? Keep reading and we’ll go through each setup one at a time.

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“The Light Shaper” battles the forces of nature with flashes and Collapsible Reflectors

Written by Andrea Belluso on . Posted in The light shaper

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Andrea Belluso is an experienced photographer with more than three decades in the business. Once a month, Andrea takes us behind the scenes of a recent shoot to share some of the knowledge he has gained over the years. Today, we join him on a challenging on-location shoot where the forces of nature seem to conspire against him.

There are days when the whole world seems to smile upon you. But there are also days when the forces of nature seem to conspire against you. This shoot belongs in the latter category…

The shoot was done at Långtora Airfield outside Stockholm, which is the airfield where my gliding club is based. The look we were going for was a modern version of the flying ladies of the 1940s. Quite a few of the classic Hollywood stars flew gliders. The particular glider we were borrowing for this shoot was used by the Danish air force during the 1940s to train fighter pilots. Some people at the club claim that the gilder was once flown by Greta Garbo. But that fact is still to be verified…

Lighting-wise, we planned to shoot with sunlight and Collapsible Reflectors only. I wanted a subtle and natural backlight in the images, and Collapsible Reflectors are great for that. The fact that Profoto offer ten different Collapsible Reflectors in six fabrics (black, white, silver, sunsilver, gold and translucent) would be helpful, as that allowed us to create different light characters and moods by simply replacing one Collapsible Reflector with another.

That was the plan. But as it turned, the forces of nature refused to cooperate. Read more

Why every photographer should bring their umbrella indoors

Written by Andrea Belluso on . Posted in The light shaper

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Andrea Belluso is an experienced photographer with more than three decades in the business. Once a month, Andrea takes us behind the scenes of a recent shoot to share some of the knowledge he has gained over the years. This time he brings his Profoto Umbrella Deep indoors for a stylish portrait of a British gentleman.

A couple of months ago, I shared with you a shoot I did for Pall Mall Barbers, one of the oldest and most respected barbershops in London. Today’s shoot was done for the same client. But this time they wanted the model portrayed in more relaxed kind of environment.

After giving it some thought, I decided to keep things simple. We brought the team and our model Knut to Story Restaurant just across the street from the Profoto office in Stockholm to shoot Knut relaxing in their lounge with a cup of tea in his hand.

The same thinking went into our choice of equipment – keeping it simple. So, we brought two B1 off-camera flashes, an Umbrella Deep Silver L and an Umbrella Deep White XL.

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Spice up your lighting with the WideZoom Reflector

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in The light shaper

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Andrea Belluso is an experienced photographer with more than three decades in the business. Once a month, Andrea takes us behind the scenes of a recent shoot to share some of the knowledge he has gained over the years. This time he shows us how to use the WideZoom Reflector in a creative, out-of-the-box way.

I was recently approached by the staff at Klassik Magazine asking me to do a fashion story based on the official trend forecast for 2015 stating that India will be a great source of inspiration. I gave the brief some thought and realized that I wanted to shoot different kinds of images but with a consistent look and feel – as one normally does in an editorial fashion story. I also knew I wanted a hard light with a lot of contrast and dramatic shadows.

There are a number of Profoto hard reflectors that can do this. But for this particular shoot I chose the WideZoom Reflector. The WideZoom Reflector creates a wider, more even light than any other Profoto hard reflector. For this reason I often use it as a background light. But on this shoot I decided to use it in a non-traditional way. I used it as a sidelight. This allowed me to create the heavy shadows I needed, while at the same time spilling some nice light onto the background. Also, using the same Light Shaping Tool in different ways for different shots would help me achieve the consistent look and feel I was going for. Read more