Posts Tagged ‘Standard Zoom Reflector’

Rising Light: Yael Pachino and the Art of Food Portraiture

Written by Jens-Linus Lundgren-Widén on . Posted in Rising light

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© Yael Pachino

© Yael Pachino

Rising Light is an article series highlighting promising photography students from all over the world. This month we introduce Yael Pachino, at Hallmark Institute of Photography, Massachusetts, and her mouth-watering photography.

Baltimore native Yael Pachino is big on food. Not eating food per se, though she does admit to it, but photographing food. And she’s good at it. Very good.

Yael is currently a student at the Hallmark Institute of Photography in Turners Falls, Massachusetts. She fell in love with Hallmark after spending a day touring the facilities. In particular she was impressed with the number of portrait and still-life studios the school maintained along with an incredibly well supplied set of cameras, lenses, and lighting that was hers to utilize. Add to that an amazing faculty to get encouraged from while learning how to capture pictures of food that make you want to eat the page.

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Joao Carlos on Lighting Olympic Athletes

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Portrait photography

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Remember Joao Carlos, whose beautiful image Free Fallin won our Light Shaping Tool of the Month contest back a while ago? Did you also know that Joao has his own blog where he shares useful tips and tricks on how to light?

One of Joao’s latest posts highlights on-location shoot with Portuguese Olympic medalist Francis Obikwelu and his good friend and tri-athalete Bruno Brito. Joao, who wanted to keep it simple and stay moving, decided to bring along his Profoto Pro-B3 1200 AirS battery generator.

“Working on location is always a challenge,” writes Joao. “There is not enough time. There is not enough space. There is not enough light.”

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VIDEO: Jeremy Cowart and Kris Kristofferson

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Videos

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This is the fifth Master Series video featuring Jeremy Cowart. In the first video, Jeremy talked about his artistic portrait of singer/songwriter Imogen Heap, the second video focused on his humanitarian projects, the third video featured Jeremy talking about his favorite Light Shaping Tools, and the fourth video focused on the content of his trusty travel kit.

In this video, Jeremy takes us behind the scenes of his shoot with living legend Kris Kristofferson. This time Jeremy went for a classic portraiture look. He also decided to keep it quite simple, using only a Softbox 5′ Octa, a Snoot and Zoom Reflector with a grid. The result speaks for itself.

There are no big secrets involved here. All you need to do is to light it properly. Watch the video and learn how.

VIDEO: Jeremy Cowart’s Favorite Light Shapers

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Videos

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This the third Master Series video featuring renowned photographer Jeremy Cowart. In the first video, Jeremy took us behind the scenes of his artistic portrait of singer/songwriter Imogen Heap. The second video highlighted the humanitarian projects that Jeremy is well-known for. In this third video, Jeremy talk about his favorite Light Shaping Tools: the Beauty Dish with a grid, the Softbox 2×3′ RF and the Zoom Reflector with a grid.

More Master Series videos featuring Jeremy Cowart can be found at our website. Speaking of websites, Jeremy recently revamped and redesigned his. It is very nice. You should check it out.

Andrew McGibbon: All the Wild Horses

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Fine art photography

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Andrew McGibbon is not the first South African photographer that we have talked to. He is, however, the first that we have interviewed who does not live in Cape Town but in Durban, a smaller city that Andrew himself describes as a “laidback surf town.”

“Not too much goes on here,” says Andrew. “From a business point-of-view, it would probably be a lot smarter to move to Cape Town. But I have already built up my customer base here so moving to Cape Town would almost be like starting over. Plus, there does seem to be a creative energy building here in Durban with a lot of great artists doing big things so sticking around may not be a bad thing.”

What kind of assignments do you get today?

“I’ve focused on commercial photography for a couple of years now. At first, it was hard to convince the ad agencies to try out a new photographer like me. But eventually I broke through, and I do get some nice, big ad campaigns now. However, lately I’ve also felt the need to explore fine art photography. This is what prompted my horse project.”

Yes, I wanted to ask about that. How is that coming along?

“Great! I started shooting in January, had my first exhibition in March, and it’s already gone completely viral on the Internet. Last week I had 31,000 unique visitors on my website. By way of comparison, I think I had about a total of 600 for the whole two years before that!” Read more