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    © Bram Berkien

    Cinematic Imagery

    With a Top Gymnast

    By Bram Berkien

    Photographer Bram Berkien, an active lifestyle photographer from the Netherlands captures cinematic images that portray athletes in their natural habitat.

    For this photoshoot, he had the chance to spend some time with gymnast Bram Verhofstad, member of the Dutch National Team.

    © Bram Berkien

    THE PROJECT

    For this photoshoot, I used my ELB 400 unit with the HS Head and the EL-Skyport Plus HS to really balance flash light with ambient light. Despite the typicial fluorescent light that gyms offer, I tried to capture the athlete in his own environment, rather than in a “studio-like” setting.

    The photo below illustrates what the gym looked like before taking control of light.

    © Bram Berkien

    In this particular shoot, the athlete was working on four gymnastics disciplines: pommel horse, rings, horizontal and parallel bars. My idea was to to shoot some close up photos of the athlete’s hands and feet while training, with the goal of showing the motion of these body parts later in gymnastics.

    It’s great working with athletes, they can just repeat the moves I want to shoot as often as I need them to in order to capture the best point of the movement.

    We shot for about two to three hours, often capturing shots in rapid successions. Granted, I didn’t use the pack at full power. The battery was still almost half full at the end of this shoot though, which is just amazing when you think about it, especially considering its portability and weight.

    THE SET UP

    I love giving my photos a certain cinematic quality through the positioning of my light, picking the best shots and applying some post-processing.

    © Bram Berkien

    For this shoot, I fitted my HS Head with a Rotalux Octa 135, easy to set up on location, and perfect tool to light full body shots.

    I’ve acquired the ELB-400 with the HS head and trigger. What I most love about this To Go set is the wide range of options it offers for you to realize your vision (trigger faster than the usual 1/200s with its Hi-Sync feature), whilst being an incredibly portable package!

    © Bram Berkien

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    Bram's To Go Set

    • ELB 400 HI-SYNC TO GO

      ELB 400 HI-SYNC TO GON° 10418.1

      Hi-Sync allows you to use your DSLR* camera at up to 1/8000s shutter speeds and still synchronise your flash. Ideal to freeze motion for many creative effects and also for controlling ambiant light.

      The new ProTec Location bag safely carries the ELB 400 and accessories, and it can be can customized and reconfigured to fit the equipment.

      The Transmitter is not included. We recommend the Skyport HS, available for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus and Panasonic to match your camera.
      *Hi-Sync performance depends on the camera used.

    • Rotalux® Softbox Octa 135 cm

      Rotalux® Softbox Octa 135 cmN° 26184

      Very popular among beauty and fashion photographers, as they prefer the round catchlight given by this softbox.

      You can make yourself a great folding beauty dish just by removing the front and inner diffusers and adding one of the optional deflectors. 

    • ELS Transmitter Plus HS for Nikon®

      ELS Transmitter Plus HS for Nikon®N° 19367

      This EL-Skyport Transmitter Plus HS is dedicated to Nikon camera useres and offers fast shutter speeds up to 1/8000s.

      It also offers visual flash power and modelling lamp control on the display from the Transmitter for EL-Skyport enabled flash units and group settings.

      Compatibility

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