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Portrait Photography In and Out of Water

Portrait Photography In and Out of Water

Aaron Anderson’s eye caught the fancy workout pants of Payton Fearnside on social media. One minute he was complimenting her, and a short while later he was creating an action portrait session with her. Rejecting the common “gritty, harsh lighting for these fitness shoots,” Anderson created elegantly-lit, pastel backdrops for this young athlete and her colorful workout pants. The video details the placement of all lights and gels, so you’ll be able to build similar portraits on your own. Don’t miss this shoot to learn how Anderson takes a clichéd subject and creates elegant, yet powerful portraits.

In this video, photographer Aaron Anderson breaks down the lighting behind seven exciting shots of Olympic gold medalist and world record holder Elizabeth Marks. Taken before and after her gold win in Rio, Anderson shot Marks both in and out of the swimmer’s second home, an olympic-sized pool.
The first shot employed an Elinchrom 53” Octabox at camera right, with a 24” x 36” flag between the model and the Octa. Missing his normal reflector, Anderson improvised on camera left and employed a dry erase board as a reflecting surface.
The second shot is a three-quarter portrait centering on shape and form. A 53” Octa was used on the right, and a 14” x 35” Strip Box was positioned behind the model on the left to define her shape in a soft way.
The third shot was after Marks’ Rio games win. Standing in a pool with her medals, Anderson created emotional lighting by hanging a gray backdrop and a distressed American flag behind her. The 53” Octa was again used, this time on the left for fill. The sun was allowed to dramatically light the shot from the right with a golden hue.
The fourth shot was meant to be different. A 12 Degree Spot Grid was placed to the right of the table Marks was seated behind. Gaff tape and a 12” x 18” flag was used to cut the light down to just a strip appearing on her face. A 75” Lite Motiv Indirect Octa was positioned behind the camera for a soft, directionless fill. A 30 Degree Spot Grid was pointed up from behind her head to define the background.
The fifth shot was a portrait in front of a flag. A 39” Deep Octa was on the left, and the 75” Lite Motiv Indirect Octa was behind the camera.
The sixth shot features Marks holding medals and a trophy. A tapeless 12 Degree Spot Grid was in front and to the right. The 75” Lite Motiv Indirect Octa was again behind the camera for extra fill. The 30 Degree Spot Grid was again used behind her and pointing up to define her outline.
The sixth shot features Marks holding medals and a trophy. A tapeless 12 Degree Spot Grid was in front and to the right. The 75” Lite Motiv Indirect Octa was again behind the camera for extra fill. The 30 Degree Spot Grid was again used behind her and pointing up to define her outline.
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    Skyport Transmitter Pro For Sony


    The Elinchrom Skyport Transmitter Pro for Sony represents the latest evolution in Elinchrom's venerable wireless ecosystem. It combines compatibility with three generations of transceivers and flash heads with cutting edge features like Hi-Sync flash sync speeds up to 1/8000 sec two way visual feedback and TTL with Manual Lock.

    Two Way Visual Feedback Interface
    The large LCD display of the Skyport HS features two-way control via a Visual Feedback Interface that lets you see the exact power of every light in your setup right on the transmitter. The individual strobes show up automatically on the screen, and users can control each light's power level and modeling lamp settings directly from the Skyport transmitter or on the strobe itself, which instantly shows the updated power settings.

    Hi-Sync and HSS
    Go beyond the X-Sync of your camera with two different flash synchronisation technologies; Hi-Synch and HSS. Hi-Sync is optimised for power and while HSS is easier to use and more consistent. The Transmitter Pro uniquely integrates both Hi-Sync and HSS so photographers can simply access sync speeds up to 1/8000s to freeze motion, overpower the sun, darken backgrounds, or use a wider aperture for a shallow depth of field.

    Hi-Sync is only achievable with Hi-Sync enabled flash heads and the Transmitter Pro must be used in manual mode while HSS only works with TTL enabled units with the Transmitter pro in either manual or TTL mode.
    Note: both technologies may be used simultaneously when the Transmitter Pro is in manual mode. (ex. ELB 1200 with Hi-Sync + ELB 500 TTL with HSS)

    Impressive Wireless Range
    The Skyport Transmitter Pro has 20 channels and 4 groups that can be used for either Normal or Speed mode, and a wireless range of 656' outdoors and 196' indoors. Users can instantly distinguish what sync mode they are in since the backlit display glows green for normal sync mode, and red for speed sync mode.

    The Skyport Transmitter Pro is compatible with previous generations of Elinchrom flash units including the EL- Skyport Transceiver RX module for Style RX, Digital RX, and Ranger RX systems and the integrated EL-Skyport modules for the BRX, D-Lite RX, ELC Pro HD, and ELB series. The Skyport Transmitter Pro adds synchronization capability and two-way control functionality to all Elinchrom lights with EL-Skyport capability.

    User Updatable Firmware
    Designed to be a future proof, users can update the firmware of the Transmitter Pro via included mini usb cable. Current Skyport Plus HS owners can update to full Pro functionality via a free firmware update on

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