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Studio Techniques & Posing with Peter Coulson – Australian Fashion Photographer

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Immerse yourself in Peter’s knowledge, creativity & fascinating Photographic World.  A photographic experience like no other.

Peter will be teaching you everything you need to know to create incredible studio images! Learn how and why Peter’s methods are so logical and liberating, teaching you how light truly works, how to change, manipulate it + how to develop your style & look.

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This intensive hands-on workshop will include 1-on-1 shooting, learning, as well covering model posing and communication – offering you fresh ideas on how to make photography and lighting simple and easy.  Peter is one of the only photographic educators teaching how to create better photos without the expenses of a high-end model, stylists, makeup artist & luxurious location. Creativity is limitless, the skills you will learn can enable this for the rest of your career, setting you distinctly apart & advanced from today’s industry standards.

Australian fashion photographer, Peter Coulson, will be running his workshops throughout the UK and Europe this September and October. For more information & bookings, visit www.workshops.peter-coulson.com.au

Quick and fast with Siros L – Haze Kware on the road through Europe

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by Haze Kware

Being on the road is new to me. You have to adapt, improvise, think quickly. It can be scary and stressful, but it’s also very exciting as you may create things you would have never thought of otherwise. This is my life now as a photographer since May 1st.

Before it all officially started, I had the chance to test  a variety of tools to prepare this trip that is taking me all around France and a few dates in Europe. I have been working with strobes regularly now for almost 3 years and I needed to change entirely my way of working. I had to fit all my equipment into a camping car ! Staying only a few days in each city, I do not have much time to prepare, organize the shoot, and find a location (and eventually get the authorizations) as I used to.

So I pretty much have to make a lot of decisions the day of the shoot in regards of the lighting set ups. To stay efficient, I needed tools that would free me of any concerns in regards of reliability, efficiency and quality. And on top of that, it had to be as small as possible and portable.  This picture was taken in Bordeaux with a dancer from the National Opera of Bordeaux, Nicole Muratov.

We needed an original location for this ballerina, far from the regular studio pictures that dancers make. La Base sous marine was perfect for us. I was supposed to visit the place a few days before to prepare my shoot, but unfortunately we couldn’t sync our schedules. I ended up visiting the building 30 minutes before the shoot !

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This is actually the 3rd picture we made there, and it was an easy one to make. Light wasn’t coming in like I needed and her face was underlit once laying on the floor. I really wanted the rail in my composition because I wanted to use it as a leading line.

The solution was simple, we used the Beautybox 65 and a Siros L 800 W (camera right) placed perpendicularly to the handrail. I purposely slightly underexposed the environment for that dark dramatic look.

During that afternoon the Siros L was the perfect companion. Compact, with no cables/ wires dangling around, we were able to move, and work fast without compromising on the quality of the results.

ABOUT HAZE KWARE
Andriamampandry Tiana also known as Haze Kware is a photographer and videographer located in Strasbourg. He is one of the members of blackdough Team, and proposes from now on his craft as a solo Photographer under the pseudonym: HK

Photographer for Dancers / Performers / Artists / and individuals looking for edgy, gritty, bad ass visuals.

http://hkvisuals.com/hazekware/
http://hkvisuals.com/not-yet-on-the-road/

 

Olympics Rio 2016 – Sports Motion Film for Norwegian TV channel

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Thomas was asked to do the promotional material for the Olympics in Rio for the Norwegian TV channel TV2 because of his signature stop motion visual expression. As part of the briefing, shots of the actual motion for each sport where requested in a fashion that would show a side of the motion that had not been seen before.

“One of the main challenges with high-speed footage is the flickering of light whenever you exceed 1000fps plus illuminated with artificial light. The whole point of my work is to combine regular motion with a thought through sense of weightlessness, and to illuminate it with exactly the light that I want the spectator to see.” – Thomas says. “These broncolor light setups give me exactly what I’m looking for. No flickering, and a perfect light temperature even at the highest frame rates.”

“Documenting the motion as it is, and waiting to be lucky to capture exactly that gesture you’re after, is not the way how I work. I tend to watch the sport as it is, and stop the athlete whenever I see a gesture that might be visually appealing. Then I ask the athlete to repeat this over and over again, and get it better and better every single time he or she performs what they can do best. Sometimes I ask them to go outside their comfort zone, solely because this might be better visually then the motion itself. I tend to call this manipulating reality, rather then post production of the images I produce.»

When you’d attend one of Thomas’ shoots, you’d be surprised about how different the images turn out to be compared to the «reality» that you thought you observed. This is all because of the lighting Thomas uses to illuminate his subjects. Even out in bright daylight, Thomas manages to block out and stop down any ambient light hitting the scene. Now, 1600 Watts doesn’t seem to be enough to film even in studio at a frame rate of 1500fps+, but combined with reflectors that bundle the light output exactly there where Thomas wants the light to hit, it is enough to block out any ambient light that is not direct sunlight.

“Filming in daylight at an extreme frame rate like 1600fps seems to be easy because you have more then enough sunlight available to illuminate your subject. But whenever you want to create something out of the ordinary, illuminating the subject with the light shapers by broncolor and the 1600HMI lamp head in addition to the sun is something simply necessary.”

Thomas will continue his work for the Olympics towards gamestart: “Visualizing the most unnoticed details in a sport is something that really justifies the actual sport itself.” according to Thomas. “It creates a true stop-effect, and intrigues the viewer to want to know more about the sport.”

http://www.thomasmorelphotography.com/

More BLOG Posts from Thomas Morel:
Thomas Morel’s Monster Project – Eagles and Sea Visuals for Rica Hotels, Norway
broncolor and Thomas Morel: A Dream-Team
Legends of Netherlads Girls Hockey-Team

The “bronControl” app by broncolor now includes outstanding new features

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It’s more than an app. The new “bronControl” app features give photographers even more options to choose from. Many features can only be accessed using the app, including Delay, Group, Synchronized Sequence, Freemask, and Alternate modes. The app’s intuitive operation and the major enhancements to the WiFi-controlled features represent a global innovation for remote control of compact flash devices.

Not only does the free “bronControl” app enable the basic features of the broncolor Siros and Siros L monolights, many more options for their use are now also available thanks to the extended set of features: The flash duration is displayed under the individual power displays for each flash. This setting varies depending on the output used, a crucial factor for sharply focused images of fast-moving objects. The flash duration can be reduced even further by selecting Speed mode on the device or via the app. The modelling light can be switched on or off for all lamps at the same time or for each Siros individually. Plus, each Siros can be assigned its own flash delay time. The delay can be set in highly precise 1/100 s increments.

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broncolor Siros monolights can be programmed to use a specific number of flashes (flash sequence). In most applications it is important for the flashes of all devices to go off simultaneously – the Synchronized Sequence feature makes sure this works dependably.

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Freemask mode allows the creation of outlines to make removal of backgrounds far easier in subsequent photo editing.

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As many as four Siros monolights (individual lights or groups) can be set to flash in alternation. This enables extremely short charging times, even at very high levels of output.

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Several Siros can be combined into groups. The benefit to the user: this allows all the monolights in a group to be reset in a single step.

The bronControl app is available for download from the Apple Store and Google Play. Siros L battery monolights work perfectly with this new app release. An upgrade of the Siros firmware (to version 49.07) is required for using the new features with older equipment. For more information on all the steps involved in the upgrade, go to the broncolor website: http://www.bron.ch/sirosfirmwareupdate.

We recommend that Siros customers sign up to Siros Circle http://www.bron.ch/siroscircle. The Siros Circle Newsletter provides Siros customers with the latest information on Siros firmware updates, new bronControl app features and updates, and also features various tutorials and sample applications for this high-end monolight both with and without batteries.

Picolite Kit Summer Promotion – free Attachment with Accessories

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Picolite small lamp is a highly compact unit for modifying lighting characteristics with absolute precision in many different settings.

This special limited-time offer from July 15 through October 31 delivers outstanding value for the Picolite small lamp, a Protection attachment and a Picobox. broncolor will include one Attachment with three honeycomb grids and two aperture masks as well as a trolley Light bag at no additional cost. Customers should specify the part number 32.022.XX to take advantage of this sales campaign.

Picolite small lamp is a highly compact unit for modifying lighting characteristics with absolute precision in many different settings. The Picolite is part of a complete range of accessories emphasizing lightweight design, intuitive operation and proven convenience. Compatible with all broncolor power packs, the Picolite system maximizes creativity and efficiency by offering many different lighting characteristics to professional photographers.

A Pulso adapter makes the Picolite compatible with broncolor reflectors and accessories.

Featuring a convenient knob for adjusting the light angle between 15 and 35°, the Fresnel Spot Attachment (available separately as 33.631.00 and not included in the promo pack) is ideal for small set-ups and produces a collimated light for close-range shots.

The Projection attachment is ideal for projecting fine lines, patterns, gobos and slides on surfaces and objects and the Attachment with three honeycomb grids and two aperture masks will be illuminating even the smallest ar­eas.

 

Measuring only 15 x 25 x 18.5 cm (5.9 x 9.8 x 7.2”), the Picobox is a hard-sided modifier with a frosted acrylic front. It creates very homogenous light on shiny surfaces, without a hot spot, giving photographers excellent control over product and still life highlights. Its compact size is excellent for jewelry and timepiece photography.

broncolor’s online “How To” tutorials feature widely respected professional photographers such as Nadia Winzenried and Urs Recher sharing advice and specialist insight on achieving excellent photography results with the broncolor products. How- Topics covered include spot-like illumination, creating unique high-contrast portraits with the Picobox and useful approaches for solving lighting challenges for still lifes, food and product advertising images.

 

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For more information about the “How To” tutorials, go to http://www.bron.ch/broncolor/how-to/use-this-light-shaper/ Click here for more Picolite Light Examples or get info about new “How To’s”  https://twitter.com/broncolor/media.

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The above new video, “Inspirational Light Shaping – Picolite System” is being released today as part of the promotion campaign at broncolor YouTube channel. Rounding out the launch of the special Summer Promotion for the Picolite Kit, a new Picolite Web brochure is being made available starting today with a complete description of the features and specification of Picolite System products and related accessories compatible with the kit. The brochure also presents several “How To” tutorials describing how the Picolite System can optimize results for specific photographic subjects and lighting conditions.

Faces behind the Voices – One Portrait Look

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About two years ago, I came up with this idea which was to give a face to Germany’s most famous voices. In the meantime, an exhibition tour, an illustrated book and an app have resulted from the long-term interactive project entitled ‘Faces behind the Voices’.
I am a portrait and celebrity photographer from Berlin, which photographed the 30 best- known voices and finally gave anonymity a face. Everybody knows their voices from films, series, audiobooks or advertising – yet hardly anybody knows the true faces behind the voices. It signals to all the international readers that synchronisation in Germany is of an extremely high standard, in fact, in my view, it is of the highest standard worldwide.

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My approach and way of thinking had always been big, and I was only prepared to use the best possible equipment. I communicated with broncolor and PhaseOne for precisely this reason and was supported right from the beginning. I thought long and hard about how I, as a detail-loving studio photographer, was going to communicate the theme of the message into the portraits. It quickly became very clear to me that I had to convey this solely through expression and light.

The voice actors were to look neutrally at the camera. In addition, they were asked to wear a plain black top. The intent was that the visitors of the exhibition were not to be distracted from the essence of the image by facial expressions or clothing, i.e. each voice actor could really be anyone.

 

Due to the fact that the close-up face is the most important feature of this project, I put a photographically strong focus on it which is why I chose to change my usual lighting structure somewhat. Portraits live from the expression in the eyes, and, for this reason, I set a subtle, but very important eye reflection, from below using an Octabox 150cm.

The main light comes slightly from the right and is created by a Para 88, driven by the Move 1200L with the MobiLED flash. To better emphasise the cheeks and shoulders, I brightened them up from the left and from the right – this was the advertising photographer in me coming out. In addition, I continued working with shadow to make the whole close-up portrait even more alive – after all, an image lives from light and shadow.

I lit the portraits using a PhaseOne IQ280 and the Schneider Kreuznach LS 80mm.

All the information on the tour, the app, the speakers and the private viewings can be found at: www.facesbehindthevoices.de. You can purchase the illustrated book here: www.shop.facesbehindthevoices.de

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About
Marco Justus Schöler was born in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. After discovering his love for photography, he decided to move his life and work to Berlin in 2011. There, he rapidly built up a viral network. Marco is an autodidact – he learned everything about his craft by “doing it.” He takes the bold approach, tackling tasks without fears or reservations.

www.marco-justus-schoeler.com

Siros L Live Shoot Event with Fashion Photographer Georges Antoni

On May 31st, SUNSTUDIOS Sydney celebrated the launch of the new broncolor Siros L monolight with a Live Shoot Experience Event with Georges Antoni.

Georges set the difficult task of creating and capturing a 6-page movement-based fashion story in under an hour.

Despite wet weather conditions, 100 guests came out to get involved and witness one of Australia’s top fashion photographers in his element. Georges and crew roamed around the premises, utilising the atrium and outdoor courtyard as locations to capture the story, shooting on the Canon EOS-1DX Mark II as his assistants held the Siros L, the recently released battery powered monobloc from broncolor.

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Guests snacked on cups of fresh soup and sausage rolls and watched eagerly as Georges and crew pulled together the story – shooting and laying out on the spot.

The story was then printed and mounted in the showroom for all to see. The showroom was transformed into an arena perfect for testing out the capabilities of the Canon EOS-1DX Mark II, allowing guests to get their hands on the gear to give it a proper test drive.

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About Fashion Photographer Georges Antoni
Georges Antoni is one of Australia’s most successful and sought after fashion photographers, with an international reputation for beautifully constructed and stylised photographs that sees him shooting for the likes of Versace, David Jones, Myer, Peter Alexander and Hugo Boss. His work has appeared in magazines such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Grazia and Oyster, and he has worked with high-profile models and celebrities including Rihanna, Miranda Kerr, Jennifer Hawkins and Dita Von Teese. He talks with Career FAQs about life as a photographer, important career lessons and being a judge on Australia’s Next Top Model.

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