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Urs Recher Lighting seminars

4152_1095389559034_1655446864_221077_4179285_n“There is one thing I want you to walk away with from here tonight, break the rules.  Use equipment at different angles, use equipment on subjects that its not traditionally used on.”   This from Urs Recher, the broncolor photographer and lighting expert from Switzerland.   “What I’m trying to do here tonight is not to tell you what is right or wrong, that is for you to decide.  Whether you like or dislike the highlights, its your decision, you decide.”

Urs focuses on defining the characteristic of different broncolor light sources, the quality of the light and the way these sources react to the subject and environment.  The seminars aren’t based on formula shooting, but understanding the principles behind the tools so photographers are more free to experiment and push the boundaries of traditional photography.

Urs was in the states for a  three city tour demonstrating lighting techniques using the extensive line of broncolor power packs and accessories.  He covered the Para FB 220, Pico Lights, unorthodox softbox usage, ringflash as fill, and a host of other tips and tricks.

The tour included dates in NYC at Calumet in conjunction with ScheimpflÜg rental, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with TYE studios and in Dallas, Texas at Bolt Productions.

” Rarely have I ever come across an individual so well versed on a single subject.  Urs has broadened my understanding of light profoundly.  It was and “enlightening experience” to say the least…no pun intended.”   said Donna Peplin, owner TYE Studios of the Urs seminar.

In the NYC Calumet/ ScheimpflÜg rental seminar Urs demonstrated the use of the broncolor UV reflectors, an exclusive accessory to the line.   When used as a single light source the effect is a really cool silhouette with a glowing ethereal look.  Next out of the tool bag came one of those kids magic pens that only write on special  papers and gave our model a UV tattoo!  The possibilities with broncolor are endless.


Urs is coming back to the US in September 2009 for another week of seminars be sure to keep watch for the dates.

Profiles in Photography Dan Tobin Smith

dantobinsmith3Though he’s only been shooting professionally since graduating from the London School of Communication back in 1999, Dan Tobin Smith has been around cameras and photography since he was a small lad.

His father was a photography teacher who would often let his son tag along on the occasional freelance assignment he would take on, assuming it was appropriate (Penthouse Magazine was one of dad’s clients). Stints in several art schools helped finalize the mold.

Fast-forward to the present and Dan Tobin Smith has established himself as a serious contender in the commercial world. And though he mostly shoots still life these days, the skills and style he honed in his earlier days shooting interiors on is quite evident in his current work. Many of his larger still life works are in many ways installations with blatant architectural overtones. Working out of his London studio, Dan shoots wildly imaginative imagery for a variety of advertising and editorial clients. Included in this roster are Wallpaper Magazine, Sony, Birds Eye, Another Magazine, British Air, Bacardi, The NY Times Style Magazine, iD Magazine, Creative Review Annual, Kilimanjaro Magazine, and Sumo. Dan’s work is detail oriented and he relies on a professional group of creative types to pull off many of the shots he stages, and in this case ‘stages’ is an appropriate word to use when describing the nature of his imagery. Many of his photographs are complex on a grand scale, while others are equally complex within the confines of a tabletop.

Click here for the full profile…


Emergency: Markus Klinko & Indrani Celebrity Shoot in Tribeca

A photographer’s emergency becomes an SBI solution.  Markus Klinko & Indrani,  acclaimed photography duo to celebrity superstars and the like, ran into a bind while using a broncolor Para 330 FB just before a major celebrity shoot last week in Tribeca.

When Markus & Indrani shoot it is a major production with tons of  planning.  Equipment failures can throw the best shooters and teams into a little bit of stress…reworking a well thought out lighting setup is not a welcome activity a few hours before the VIP shows up.  And, while the Para is designed to withstand a ton of abuse, problems  can happen.  Markus & Indrani’s  people gave us a call and we were on the scene in minutes with another Para from our demo closet on 38th street to rectify the  situation. We remained on set to make sure all equipment was setup  properly and all gear performed to the highest quality for the shoot.   We take pride in our gear.  We take pride in our service.  This is how we roll.


broncolor Lighting Seminar at the Menlo Park NJ Apple Store

Monday night at the Menlo Park NJ Apple store attendees were given a crash course in portrait lighting using broncolor strobes as well as advanced workflow for digital imaging using Apple’s powerful Aperture software.

Apple Store broncolor Seminar Menlo Park NJ

Apple Store broncolor Seminar Menlo Park NJ

Matthew Karas is a professional photographer based out of NYC with over 25 years in the medium.  Matthew spoke on the defining characteristics of light:  Coverage, Edge transfer, Shadow definition, Contrast, and Highlight Definition.  These are the five factors that broncolor uses to describe the effect that light shapers create.

But the seminar was not a technical geek fest only about lighting ratios and formulas. Photographers are artists and  craftsmen, and in order to be able to control the medium and create their art, they need to be able to define the qualities of the light the different shapers and reflectors produce.  The broncolor lighting seminars are built upon this premise.  We do quick overviews of the fundamentals and then we start shooting.

One of the attendees came up to Matthew at the end of the seminar to tell him that he learned more then he ever possibly thought he could about photography that night, and how the seminar had far exceeded what he had thought it would be.