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Behind the Scenes with Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson

Written by Drew Gurian on . Posted in Editorial photography

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"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" Portrait Session

Drew Gurian is a young, up-and-coming portrait photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. Each month, he’ll be bringing you a behind-the-scene perspective, navigating the freelance marketplace of one of the busiest photo markets in the world – New York City. This is the fifth part of his story.

Back in November, I was hanging out with some friends on a Friday night and got an email at 8:30PM with the subject: “Any chance you’re available tomorrow AM for a Hunger Games portrait?” That’s a pretty typical subject line from The Associated Press (AP), though admittedly, cooler than most, and a fairly typical timeline for an email before a shoot the next day. I immediately sent a text to my editor with a “YES!! I’M IN!”, knowing that if I didn’t respond quickly, the shoot would go elsewhere.

These aren’t anything like lots of editorial shoots where there’s creative calls, art direction, locations picked out, propping, styling, etc. On the contrary, these are very much a fly by the seat of your pants, improvise all the way sort of shoot – which I’ve come to absolutely love. When shooting an A-list celebrity for a client like AP (one of the largest news agencies in the world), there’s a huge amount of pressure to produce a high quality, highly reproducible set of photos, and there’s absolutely no room for error. To that end, there’s also no retouching allowed on any photos I submit to AP, aside from basic brightness/contrast, etc. In other words, my lighting needs to be spot on.  Oh, and I usually have five minutes (if I’m really lucky) or less with whoever I’m shooting to do all of this.

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How to Light a Horse With a Beauty Dish

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Animal photography

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© Marco Joe Fazio

© Marco Joe Fazio

The Softlight Reflector White, also known as The Beauty Dish is very popular when it comes to beauty and fashion shots. It offers an even light with crisp definition and contrast. For this shoot, photographer Marco Joe Fazio wanted to try something different and decided to use it on three four-footed models. 

In a recent published story on his blog, Marco talks about the photo shoot he called “Proud Horse Portraits”, where he shot three beautiful horses owned by Miss Kayley Lanston. “Every production on location is always a challenge, but having as models three four-footed friends is definitely something that require extra attention and a careful planning.”, says Marco.


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Lighting Ingredients with David Bicho

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Lighting tips

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©David Bicho

Those of you who have read our flipbook for portrait photographers are already familiar with David Bicho’s stunning images of a model covered in food ingredients – oil, salt, flour, cocoa and licorice, to name just a few. Still, we think the images are too good to not share with the rest of you. Enjoy, and big ups to David for sharing his work and expertise with us!

“It wasn’t about the food,” says David. “The real reason was that I wanted to shoot one face but with different textures. I’ve always been fascinated with how different a face can look depending on how you light it, and I wanted to explore this phenomenon further by experimenting with different facial textures.”

As with most experiments, David did not know exactly what to expect. For instance, he soon learned that oil and salt do not mix very well. Instead, what was supposed to become a beautiful, crystal texture ended up looking like a skin disease. Ingredients such as flour, cocoa and licorice, on the other hand, turned out even better than he had hoped for.

Obviously applying flour, cocoa or licorice creates very different textures. Still, if we look at the portraits David shot, he evidently managed to maintain a consistent look and feel throughout the entire series.

So how did he do that? The short answer is: with lighting. Read more

Lighting Details with Tim Wallace

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Videos

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Shooting a car does not necessarily mean shooting the entire car. According to renowned car photographer Tim Wallace, it is just as important to take a step closer.

“One of the big things that we spend a lot of time doing is shooting the actual element of the car, the detail,” says Tim. “It’s part of the personality of the car. It defines, really, what that car is. And when we look at shooting detail, light really does come into its element.”

One of Tim’s favorite techniques when shooting detail is to create contrast by bringing a softbox up close – a technique he talks about in this video.

When you are done watching the video, click the “more” button for a selection of Tim’s incredible work with car details.

You should also check out the designated Tim Wallace page at the Profoto website. Here you will find another two videos with more striking images and insightful tips and tricks. Read more

Light Shaping Tool of the Month: Spot Small

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Fashion photography

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©Marco Fazio

©Marco Fazio

Each month we highlight a certain item in Profoto’s rich assortment of Light Shaping Tools. (Previous articles can be found here.) This month we talk to Marco Fazio about a clever little tool that can be used for creating theatrical lighting effects: the Spot Small.

You can learn a lot about most Light Shaping Tools by just their names. Take the Spot Small, for instance. The Spot Small is a spotlight – a small spotlight. Well, it is not actually a spotlight, but rather a tool with a built-in lens, which you attach to a flash head to create a spotlight-like light.

The result is an even and circular light spread with sharp shadows and almost no fall-off. This makes the Spot Small the perfect projection tool. For instance, it can be used to project shapes and patterns on a background. It is for this reason that the Spot Small was made to accept M sized (66 mm) gobos. But you can of course also use put the spotlight to creative use as it is. The images London-based photographer Marco Fazio shot for Italian designer Carlotta Actis Barone is a great example of the latter.

“Carlotta explained to me that her collection was inspired by the early Twentieth century, the woman’s emancipation movement and the growing awareness of femininity,” says Marco. ”This gave us the idea to work with a spotlight and to use it as a symbol for the woman’s changing status in society during this time. In other words, we wanted to light the subject with a hard and very defined light with sharp shadows, as if she was standing in the limelight on a stage.”

There are several tools that can create this kind of light – the MultiSpot and the ZoomSpot, for instance. But these tools have the flash head built-in and have to be connected to a generator. Marco, on the other hand, wanted to work his D1 monolights. This meant that he needed a projection tool that is mounted directly onto the D1, and the Spot Small is in fact optimized for this very purpose. Read more