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Photographing Fitness using Gels with Aarond Anderson

Photographing Fitness using Gels with Aarond Anderson

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.
Who says the Internet can’t bring about great artistic collaborations between strangers? In this video, Aaron Anderson chronicles how he met trainer Payton Fearnside via Instagram, how their collaboration began, and how he achieved some great athletic portraits of his newest model.

“I get tired of seeing the same old gritty, harsh lighting for these fitness shoots,” says Anderson. Wanting to try different lighting techniques, his first priority was making her look great by pumping before the shoot. Shooting her on an inclined wall, he combined her definition with the geometric shapes of the interior.

Utilizing an Elinchrom 53” Octa above her, with an ELB 400 and an HS head connected. From the front, she was also lit with a 75” Litemotiv Indirect Octa behind the camera to define contours in the walls of the first shot.
On his second shot, Anderson used at 69” Octa above the model. Behind her on camera right was a 14” x 35” Strip Box with a pink gel. Behind her on camera left was a 53” Octa with a purple gel.

Anderson explains the reasons he overshoots for safety reasons which arise later in postproduction, and the importance of shooting from the same angle, distance, height, and focus. He also stresses how he and his model both benefit from releasing the photos on their respective social media platforms.
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    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.

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    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.

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    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)

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    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.

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    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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