broncolor has always strived for providing not only the best lighting equipment in the industry, but also educating customers and newcomers alike about the possibilities of their products and photographic lighting in general.
“Catching the Light” is a new project dedicated to document various photo shoots from conception to completion. Presented by broncolor Photographer Jessica Keller and featuring the new Siros Monolight, the charismatic duo will guide the viewers through a series of four videos respectively, devoted to an overlying theme. This first series is all about “the four elements”, but not necessarily in their purest sense. Fire, Water, Earth and Air all play a role though in finding creative ideas for interesting shoots, which will hopefully not only teach about advanced lighting techniques, but also inspire photographers, experienced and beginners alike, to get out there and start shooting.
Born in Zurich, Jessica spent five years in South Africa where the vast landscapes awakened her passion for photography. After her return to Switzerland, she assumed her position as a photographer and consultant at broncolor Headquarters in Allschwil.
“broncolor has definitely taught me a lot. Painting with controlled/studio light became very quickly one of my greatest passions in photography.”
When she was approached to host a series of Videos showcasing the abilities of the Siros, she jumped at the opportunity. It soon became apparent, that the best way for demonstration is in real-life scenarios of actual shoots, which made it all the more personal for Jessica since now it was not only about challenging the Siros but also herself.
“I’m always hungry for a challenge and willing to go the extra mile to achieve a masterpiece. I strongly believe that ability is what we are capable of doing, motivation determines what we do and attitude determines how well we do it.”
Having good tools at her side brought Jessica a big step closer to achieve her goal of the perfect image. About the Siros she has to say this:
“Siros is my miracle monolight. It is fast, simple, universal and at the same time powerful. A gear which impresses me every single time when either working on location or in the studio, Siros never lets me down. I’m able to create whatever is on my mind, put it into practice and capture with catching the light in my final image. ”
With the Internet becoming more and more important as a learning resource for artists from all kind of fields, broncolor is proud to provide this new source of inspiration for photographers eager to learn more about the endless possibilities of photographic lighting and hopefully help them grow their craft and realize their artistic vision.
“My hopes for my video tutorials is that people enjoy it, have fun and maybe learn a little something from it. I’m very excited for all the things, which are still in the pipeline and can’t wait to share my knowledge with the viewers in the near future and to create great art.”
In the first part titled “Fire”, Jessica is using the Siros to recreate a 1920’s Lounge Atmosphere including Candles.
“Working with the Siros 400 S on location combined with candles turned out superb. Our Siros is a powerful monolight. You are able to actually create whatever you want. Is it a very atmospheric image or an action photograph? Siros can do it all.
The theme of this tutorial was the 1920’s. The styling, the model and the overall atmosphere played a big role. It was a pleasure working with the hair and makeup artist Pablo Kümin and a beautiful model Ivana Luggen from Time Model Agency in Zurich. Go and check out Pablos work on instagram @pablokuemin.
For this photo shoot I used two Siros 400 S and lots of candle light. It was all about catching the atmosphere.
Siros 400 S is a powerful light but at the same time it gives you the freedom to work with low power, obviously in this case to not destroy the candle light.
One Siros 400 S was attached to a 60 x 60 softbox with a grid. Used just as a fill light. I used the grid to get the light more focused, the light shouldn’t spread too much and I wanted to set it precisely.
The second Siros 400S was used as a hair light, due to the models dark hair, attached onto our monolight was a basic reflector L40 combined with a very narrow honeycomb grid.
Working in a small space with windows casting unwanted sunlight and finding the right wall in the room as a backdrop made the shoot a challenge. We had to cover the castles windows to avoid unwanted light and reflections.
I worked with a power setting down to 2 which corresponds to 1.5 Joules of flash energy in a broncolor Siros 400 S. The broncolor Siros 400 S enabled a shooting which captured the existing atmosphere beautifully, thanks to the combination of high sensitivity, low power and slower shutter speed.”
The picture was shot with a focal length of 70 mm.
The exposure time was 1/10 s and the aperture f/8.
The first Series of “Catching the Light” will be posted bi-weekly on broncolor’s YouTube Channel.