April 29, 2013
For on-location work, I’ve been using the Profoto AcuteB2 600 AirS/R Power Pack (B&H), and it works like a charm:
- shooting wedding photos in the mid-day sun
- wedding photography – lighting large groups with a large light
The only downsides to the AcuteB2 600R is that it only has one output. For many situations where you use a simple lighting setup (ie, just one large light source), it is perfect. The battery of the AcuteB is rated to give 200 bursts at maximum power, Again, for most uses, that is plenty.
But I’ve been considering future shoots where I would like to use two lights. For that the Profoto BatPac portable battery (B&H) would be ideal, offering two AC outputs – enough juice to run two Profoto D1 500 Ws monolights for quite some time.
I’ve tried the BatPac out in the studio just to see how it works, and that it does indeed work. But that’s nowhere near as satisfying as using it on an actual photo session. For this part of an individual workshop at my studio, we didn’t really need more than just one light … but still, it felt good to take this puppy out and try it on an actual shoot.
April 22, 2010
You know how some days you have the feeling that the day is just filled with all kinds of possibilities? Today was one of those days. I got to meet and hang out with someone’s whose work I admire – Frank Doorhof. Frank is a fashion photographer from The Netherlands who is highly regarded for his lighting skills. He is currently visiting New York to present workshops on photography lighting. (In fact, there are still a few spots open for the Monday workshop.)
A mutual friend, Richard Verlaque, arranged for us to meet, with the intention of us also doing a photo shoot, and possibly exploring some of New York. The exploration of New York was mostly us just sitting in traffic though. But we did get to hang out and chat during the afternoon and over dinner. We also spent time photographing our model, Meagan, who met up with us in Coney Island. It was a great day, filled with interesting conversations about photography. Equally good was to watch Frank work and trying out new ideas. Thank you to Richard for arranging this, and to our patient model, Meagan.
A little more about this photograph ..
December 20, 2009
My daughter, Janine. She turned 16 in September, and I have so very few recent images of her. None of which are of professional quality. So I cajoled her into this, since we’re snowed in this afternoon .. and she loved the results. “Facebook profile photo FTW!”
portrait session, using a beauty dish
The image is straight out of camera, aside from healing brush on a few skin blemishes. This is how I had set up my B&W images to look in my Nikon D3 bodies. I still shoot RAW though, so could always go back to the color image. But I like these rich-toned B&W images.
A little more about the lighting:
The main light was with the Profoto beauty dish (B&H), using the Profoto AcuteB 600R power pack (B&H). I used a diffuser sock (B&H) over the beauty dish. The light on the grey backdrop is a Quantum flash, with the usual Q-flash diffuser disc over it .. pointed directly at the backdrop.
The sock over the beauty dish really helps me. It brings in more light into the shadow areas in how it disperses the light differently from the open beauty dish. I’ve read elsewhere that with a sock over the beauty dish you’re essentially no better off than using a softbox of the same size … but I still prefer the look of the ‘socked’ beauty dish over the ‘unsocked’ beauty dish.
1/200 @ f10 @ 200 ISO
Nikon D3; Nikon 105mm f2.8 AF-S VR (B&H)
March 13, 2009
using a beauty dish
I recently photographed Seregon again, but this time on location in Manhattan.
The lighting was simple - a beauty dish that was held up by my assistant …
January 22, 2009
Further explorations with the beauty dish, and also with some bounce-flash technique.
This time, Seregon was my model.
[ all images: Nikon D3; Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 AF-S VR; Profoto beauty dish ]
During these icy winter months it’s just too much to go outside for portrait photography, so it’s a good time to play around indoors with some lighting gear – in this case, a recently acquired Profoto AcuteB 600R lighting kit (B&H) and the Profoto beauty dish (B&H).