Come along for the ride…

Update: The shoot will take place Feb 19, 2009. 9:00-5:00 PST

In a just a couple of weeks we’re going to be shooting with the Profoto Pro-8 Air at Loft19 studios here in Phoenix… and we want you to come along for the ride. Let me give you a little background.

Many of you are familiar with our Digital Photography One on One videos. These are videos where you can send us a question and we create a video that answers that question. These are fun but we wanted to make them a bit more interactive.

A few weeks ago we tried something new. I posted updates via Twitter during a model shoot with Gwen Lindvig. We were posting behind the scenes photos in real-time and people were asking questions via twitter in real-time as well.

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We’ve been looking for a way to put these two things together and now we have the perfect opportunity. I’m going to have a couple of Profoto Pro-8a packs in the studio over the next couple of weeks. This is a new Profoto generator that is wicked fast and since so many people are curious about it we thought we’d document our experience with the packs.

So here’s what we’re doing:


We’re going to be shooting a large production shoot at Loft 19 in north Phoenix. We’re going to shoot behind the scenes videos of the shoot and show you as much as we can including (if possible):

  • Lighting Diagrams
  • Using the Profoto Pro-8a Air during the shoot
  • Building the set
  • Working with the models (wardrobe, styling, makeup)
  • Technical info
  • All the lighting details

We’re also going to be giving live updates via my twitter account along the way. You can always send us a tweet to ask us a question and we’ll do our best to answer via twitter, the blog, or on the videos.

Although I can’t give you all of the details about the shoot yet, I will say it’s going to be something really fun. As we are able to disclose things we’ll update the blog or make a behind the scenes video. I predict we’ll have several videos documenting this shoot, the technical challenges, and the new toys.

Speaking of videos…

I’ll be creating a new Digital Photography One on One video that’s all about flash duration and recycle times. This will show you how you can use a flash to freeze action even at slow shutter speeds. I figured I should get as much out of the Pro-8a as I could while I have it.

We want to hear from you!

Let us know if you have questions or comments about our shoot. You can interact with us in several ways.

  • Follow me on Twitter: jmarkwallace. We’ll be posting live updates, real-time photos, and taking your questions on the day of the shoot.
  • Use the comments just below this post (click “comments” at the end of this post if you don’t see them).
  • Watch the videos and post your video specific questions in the comments below the videos. We’ll let you know where the videos are as soon as we post them.

So when is this happening?

We don’t have the date set in stone yet, but we do know it will be in the February 18-20 time frame. We’ll let you know as soon as it’s locked down.

What the heck is Twitter?

  • SnapFactory

    Update: The day of the shoot is February 19, 2009. 8:00-4:00 PST.

  • Nathanael Gassett

    This really sounds like fun, I hope I get to participate in the live Tweeting!


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    I certainly do want to be notified about any photo shoots I can watch on-line. GREAT idea.

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    Noooo!!! How did this escape me? Will there be another again this year?? Will definitely follow you guys on twitter and look for updates there. See you around guys! :)

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