If you were expecting a side-by-side head-to-head comparison of these modifiers, this review is not for you. Over the course of 10 or so years I have owned 6 different octaboxes made by Profoto, Elinchrom and Photoflex. I will discuss below why I changed horses midstream to arrive at where I am today and how I felt about using each modifier.
This was by third photoshoot with Black Ink Crew Chicago star Katrina Jackson. Stylist and art director Stephanie Alexis wanted to create a sexy wet look which I married with a behind-the-scenes looking images shot on a Gravity Backdrop and paired with a Mole-Richardson 1000 Watt Baby Fresnel on location at Lacuna Artist Lofts.
Jefferson’s high cheek bones and dazzling hazel eyes are makes striking close ups a piece of cake. I lit the image above with a 60″ Photek Softlighter II Umbrella (review) and then edged out west with a 3′ Profoto RFI Octabox.
Shooting the album cover for Chicago singer Marcus Matteo’s debut EP Break Free was fun to say the least. It must have been the first time I photographed someone cutting off their own clothes.
New York Dancer Gabriel King hired me specifically to execute the look above after he saw images online from my photoshoots with Gravity backdrops.