Profoto Tag

The heading picture has been provided by the Apalling Image Institute of Aberfan. It shows a balding man boiling his brain on a city street while trying to provide fill with a reflector. He has managed to achieve lack of focus, underexposure, and a telephone pole growing out of his head. All on self timer. It is a classic of its type.You may wish to try this and to do it better. It would not be hard...

I bags being in the next photo shoot!This whole Friday morning footle came about when one of our good clients called a moment ago to pick up some rental lighting gear for a shoot in the city. I must record my admiration for his packing ability - he got more in the boot of a Holden than I could fit into a moving van. I think he will be getting some of it out with a crowbar, but that is his problem...

There are few books available in the photographic press that actually prepare you for doing studio photography the way it is really done. Oh, there are Amphoto books and Petersen books that show lighting setups and tit shows and how to write up a contract to a New York advertising agency, but none of them ever cover the actual business of going into your studio on Christmas morning and discovering it to be an inch deep in water.The studio windows streaming condensation from the inside were the first clue. Opening the door to the vista of Lake Huron was the second.I dived for the property line in an effort to locate the main water supply tap. Once that was off, the electric mains was off. and then i donned my Lloyd Bridges' gear and stepped inside. A hot water hose to the studio washing machine had burst in the night.At this point of time I must record my relief that I had purchased Manfrotto Autopoles to hold up my Superior paper rolls, Manfrotto light stands to hold up my Elinchrom...

Sometimes it pays to pay attention. I found this out this last weekend.I was asked to take series of family group pictures and as there were to be 10 people involved, I knew that my little studio would be strained to do it. Not that the little studio is a bad place - I have Elinchrom lights and shapers to deal with lots of different situations.  I use a Nikon digital system now and am very pleased with the resolution and colour rendition it provides ( particularly since I coordinated the in-camera white balance with the actual output of the lights and the Adobe Camera Raw section of the computer - I now get what I expect...

I thought I was committing the height of folly a decade ago when I bought a 44 cm Softlight Beauty dish for my Elinchrom studio flash heads. After all, I had three lights with 18 cm reflectors and umbrellas and a soft box and a snoot. I mean how many more looks could there possibly be in the studio...

For those Perth professional and advanced amateur photographers who missed the Nikon Night 2013 with Kristian Dowling and are curious as to what went on, here is the report:1. It rained persistently.2. We met at the Subiaco Arts Center at 6:30.3. We ate, and drank. Yes. Good bar, good kitchen.4. Kristian Dowling took pictures of the guests arriving in Hollywood style - then we printed them out on Epson paper with two Epson printers.5. Julie and Sarah from Nikon introduced Kristian and he told us of his work in Hollywood.6. Then he showed us how to get his distinctive style of photo using LED, Profoto studio flash, and Nikon speed lights. Sarah was the model.7. Saul and Howard entertained the crowd with sales talk and giveaways.8. We packed up and came home.9. It rained persistently.Now it appeared to me that Kristian knows what he is about, and was able to explain it pretty well in a small space of time. I think he is a man well able to think on his feet - as the job of a Hollywood...

Saul has asked me to let you all know that Capture One - the professional image control system from Phase One - has added a new studio plug in that enables it to work with the Profoto lighting system.It provides wireless light control from your Mac computer up to 300 metres away. The system can offer 8 channels and 6 groups for multiple light setups. You'll need certain things to make it work:Intel-based Mac computer with 2GB of RAM and 10 GB of free hard drive space.Mac OSX system 10.5.8, 10.6.4, 10.7.1 or later.Capture One Pro 6 software.Profoto Air USB transceiver.It seems to be a free item that you upload from the company once you have all the necessary parts. Please go to the Profoto website on your computer for further details....

So you've got your set of studio flash lights - you chose Elinchrom or Profoto? Good for you - they will work for decades and they will make your images look good. You've invested in manfrotto studio accessories like Expan roll holders and Autopoles and light stands? Great - Manfrotto make some of the sturdiest gear around and there are so many ways you can clamp and combine that you'll never be stuck for ideas. You've got your first roll of Superior paper? White, black, or Mardi Gras Pink? I've got TWO rolls of Mardi Gras at my place and they are wonderful!So, What are you gong to do? What clientele do you want at your studio? What will make your studio...

If you are currently sitting on an iron ore wallet - and have exhausted all the other possibilities of Western Australian photography; HDR sunsets, trying to make Lesmurdie Falls look like Niagara, Barbagallo Raceway, Thailand, Africa, British Columbia, or Notherdam Gorge, may I suggest you come into Camera Electronic and get something new?See the attached images - they are of unnatural lights taken in natural light from artificial light sources. Sort of like an Escher etching, but with a camera.Studio lighting is wonderful. It gives you controllable illumination, multiple artistic effects, and a good reason to spend more of your mining money. You can set up a home studio and capture whatever your heart desires - no trekking, traipsing, or travel. You no longer are restricted to the "magic minute" at sunrise or sunset that the travel writers blurt on about - you can create magic minutes all day long if you like. You can make pictures as saturated or as neutral as you wish. You can MAKE your subjects look good, rather than sitting there waiting an hour in...