Profoto Blog OCF Gel filters using B1´s and Hasselblad H6

Ready for the shooting  Cecilie Melli´s AW16 Jewellery in Oslo. We´re doing sexy look with OCF Colour Effects Gel Filters Pack and Hasselblad H6D-50 in Oslo! Here we go!

The idea for this campaign was to mix different colours extracted from the designer´s jewellery AW16 collection. Me and Cecilie ( the designer) agreed upon to create a sexy warm tone/ look. Our inspiration was a touch of 90´s fashion look, hard contrast and lots of colours. Instead of using the traditional gel filters which takes a lot more time to switch, I decided to use the ready-made gel filters from the Profoto OCF Color Effects Gel Filters pack which made me turn back and forth very quickly and easily. At first, I started using complementary colours like yellow and blue for harmony. But I immediately decided to break all traditional rules, just playing instead. Doing just exactly what looked beautiful, sexy and edgy. Baaaam and the result were great, and I had to adjust the f-stops up and down 2-3 steps and to experiment a bit. The gel filters gave very different exposures using the different shaping tools. But we quickly made friends, the filters and me. The location was in the big hotel suite in Oslo. Blocked all existing daylight so I could see the colours behaving and contrasts enhancing jewellery structure/ glow, using modelling light with the B1´s. Around noon the temperature inside the suite was turning up to 35 degrees with all flash and daylight lamps and crew. The bikini would be the perfect work outfit for some of us. Anyway. Turn on the music, drink coffee or water, shut up, have fun, work and get into the groove!  Dance!

BTS pics and movie link

All my light and colour temperature is created on set in my exposures, no adjustments later other than a slight curve/ contrast adjustment almost like in the old days on film.

I used Profoto shaping tools such as the small deep umbrella, two beauty dishes with a grid, on B1s switching between beauty dish and deep umbrella as either the primary or hair light. For some daylight/ flash exposure mix, I used a Pro Daylight 400w and a B4 1000W AIR for fill light on flash sync times. Tethered shooting with Hasselblad H6D and a 35-90mm.

In one of the pictures, the model was lying on the bed with me standing over her. I was holding the B1 with beauty dish in my one hand and my heavy H6 camera in the other hand, balancing on a soft madrass moving the beauty dish in circle axis over her face her to find the perfect light. A real work out for me and the model looked a bit worried from time to time; she was afraid the camera would fall on her. But I can assure you I´m well trained and have strong arms, no worries I told her. I have carried heavy equipment for 14 years. Professional photography makes you strong as I say to my children, it does!

The result was superb; my customer was delighted,  the campaign is now published in prints and web.

I´m especially happy for the B1 lamps and the adapter for the gel pack, making it so easy to switch rapidly. More to come using these.

Here are some of the results.

Julie - Prinsessen av Frogner - Hasselblad Ambassador // @hasselblad_official