I recently bought a Profoto Giant 180 reflector used from another Swedish photographer and since then it finds its way into most of my studio portraits, sometimes as my main and only light, but also as a great fill light for full length or less.
This time I was contacted by Nina, working as a corporate lawyer needing new portraits for an article a magazine were about to publish about her and her company.
We did most of the portraits in my small photo studio, starting with white background but later on I switched to a different lighting setup where the Giant went from main to fill.
A Giant, a grid and a softbox…
January was the worst month in years for us with three kids, I can count the days when we all were free of flu, fever, cold or a nagging cough on my Profoto battery lights (I have four).
But, being at home with the boys I have learned that slightly feverish and snotty kids makes for good photo models. Just rig a simple symmetrical lighting and put them on a chair for ultra-realistic portraits that might not find its way into my portfolio, or maybe they will?
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For me, shooting portraits on-location is always a balance between time and flexibility, do I have time for advanced setups or do I want to be able to adjust on the fly to get more variety out of my session.
Often I chose the quickest and most flexible setup, and nothing is more easy to adjust and adapt than lighting with two large umbrellas. If you work indoors and have a large enough room, that is.
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I was contacted by Profoto offering me a chance to try out the new Profoto B2, a battery-powered flash, the very much improved successor to my old AcuteB 600R but maybe more of an alternative or companion to Profoto B1.
With the Profoto B1 they started their expansion into a segment they call Off Camera Flash (OCF), that has mostly been dominated by speedlights and the Elinchrom Quadra or Ranger (I have used speedlights a lot but never Quadra or Ranger).
This is not a review in so many technical terms, more a walkthrough of an even more portable way of always having good lighting with you as a photographer like me (a lot of portraits, on-location or in the studio) without having to break your back.
Read the full review (with test images) here…
This is some examples from my first portrait session using a smoke machine in the photo studio, the assignment was to create some band photos for a friend. The two guys, with beards and all, liked the idea of having some kind of haze in their photos, so I got to try how a little smoke can add an extra dimension to portraits.
My studio is quite small, but using smoke removed that feeling from the portraits right away. Or after a while, if I should be correct. At first, the smoke from the machine is a very visible part of the portraits, but after a short while it settles to a nice fog, making the studio space endless and very much a living part of the photos.
A more cinematic feel to studio lighting…