Recently I was hired to shoot portraits for an annual report. They wanted me to visit their clients and have good photos from their business. This example is from an in-door amusement park, and their CEO.
We walked around the place and took portraits here and there, and finally we got to the go-karts. The Art Director wanted photos with a lot of copy space so they could place text on top of the portrait, so I arranged this in front of a black wall.
More lighting, less retouch…
Shooting portraits of authors and actors are a bit similar, you get to use your creativity and you get to create a light for just one person. It is also a good chance to try new lighting setups and other tricks.
Kerim Troeller is a Swedish actor, who recently did a small part in Michael Bay’s “13 Hours”. He needed new portraits for his portfolio and castings, so he called me.
I prepared a main setup that we used with small adjustments during the photoshoot, four lights were involved as well as a lot of different lighting modifiers and other stuff.
Four Profoto lights and other stuff…
I have a small photo studio and I struggle almost every time to make something more of the background. It can be a different paper roll, or a combination of two. Or some props, or maybe just shadows.
In my Facebook feed another photographer told me about a company called Gravity Backdrops that made affordable and hand painted canvas backgrounds. After visiting their page I thought about if that could be a welcome addition to my studio.
Hand painted and not too expensive…
Profoto D2 is according to them ”The world’s fastest monolight with TTL” (and with High-Speed Synd I would add). It is a flash with a cord, but that should not stop you from using it outdoor.
I tried it outside our house to see if I could combine freezing movement in a portrait with a nice sunset, without having to use too long depth of field. And it worked just fine.
Quick portrait with water drops…
Instead of waiting for Profoto to produce a ring flash for Profoto B2, I thought about a DIY project to make my own adapter. It turned out to be a lot easier than that.
Orbis, Rayflash and some other ring flash adapters have been on the market for a while, but they are made of hard plastic and customized for Speedlights and that form factor.
But looking at Roundflash and their product, collapsible and made of fabric, it was a way better starting point for my project.
A Roundflash, a pair of scissors. Done!