Recently a guy contacted me on Facebook and asked if I wanted to help him with a challenging portrait he wanted to make. It was a portrait of his grandfather when he was in the Swedish Air Force.
My client is working in the military as well, but the Army, and this is now around 80 years later. So there are differences in uniforms and especially how portraits look.
But that was the fun in it, trying to emulate old portrait lighting with a little (maybe a bit more) retouch to make it look like they had been to the same studio photographer in the 30’s.
How I did it, step by step…
I tested the new Profoto OCF Color Gel Starter Kit last week and it is finally really easy to use them on the Profoto B1 and B2.
With this small and lightweight solution, I don’t need to fiddle with clamps or duct tape to attach color correction or other gels to my battery flashes any more.
Read my short review to see more of what is in the package and what you can use it for.
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I was fortunate to try the new collapsible and very lightweight Profoto OCF Beauty Dish last week and here is a brief test of how it works and feels. In short: it is going to be a useful addition to my equipment.
First, it is not a round metal beauty dish as the classic version, more like a OCF Octa evolved into something else. The BD is a bit more shallow but has the same measurement on the front, so you can use the same softgrid if you would like.
Here is my test with pictures…
One thing I probably have mentioned before is how I love to start a photo session with one lighting setup and then adjust it here and there to produce the most variation in a short time.
When I shot publicity portraits for a Swedish jazz singer we started with a Profoto Giant 180 as the main light, but varied the background and rim lights to achieve different looking results.
Three lights and black background…
Hanna is a Swedish jazz singer, and she contacted me for updated headshots and publicity portraits. After a quick search on Google, I saw that she already had a lot of good portraits, but mostly outdoor and in natural light.
So I prepared a lighting setup in my studio using my new Profoto Giant 180 reflector as main light, in this portrait quite close (just look at the big catchlights).
With the fantastic focused light from my new favorite lighting modifier, despite its size, the facial features got the right amount of contrast in my taste. Especially highlighting the cheekbones nicely.
Profoto Giant and two rim lights