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    © Yuliya Panchenko

    The Snaplux light shaper

    on a bridal photo session

    by Yuliya Panchenko

    Photographer Yuliya Panchenko travelled from the US to Paris for a bridal editorial shoot. She took this opportunity to test out the Snaplux light shaper. Accompanied by her ELB 400, it was the perfect kit for travelling.

    © Yuliya Panchenko

    It was one of the busiest coldest months in Paris. Full of designers, models, artists, and of course photographers. All of us, thrilled to be attending the Paris Fashion Week. This year, I had the amazing opportunity to attend the winter event. So, being in Paris I decided to do a bridal editorial shoot.

    The crowds and weather quickly led me to my three biggest challenges.

    1. Crowded area

    One of the most iconic places in Paris, the Eiffel Tower is where the shoot was going to be happening.

    The Eiffel Tower is already a busy area, so the additional attention meant there was extra preparation that was going to be needed.

    2. Freezing weather

    My model is going to be wearing a gorgeous bridal gown from one of the local bridal boutiques, Selestia Paris. With the weather being so cold, I was worried my model was going to freeze before we could complete the shoot.

    3. Find a team

    Finally, I needed to put together a team to make this shoot a success.

    © Yuliya Panchenko

    The team

    With all the devoted and ecstatic people who had traveled to Paris to be a part of this event, it ended up not being too challenging to find a team. I found a great group of talented people who made the entire session a smooth, fun, and exciting experience. We all came from different parts of the US and were all just excited to shoot in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

    My model Courtney’s elegance made is so you couldn’t even tell how cold it was during the shoot. The design of the dress allowed us to create some unique, dynamic images that can sometimes be hard to capture. The flow of this dress made capturing slow movements, such as a running down the steps, look astonishing.

    "The Snaplux opens as fast as an umbrella.

    It’s very light and compact which allows carrying it around to be a breeze."

    © Yuliya Panchenko

    The gear

    Being a huge fan of Elinchrom equipment, I used the ELB 400 battery pack and the small Snaplux Octabox for this shoot. I was beyond excited to be the first to test it.

    What I really enjoyed about the little Snaplux Octabox, is that it’s easy to compact and perfect for travel. This makes it incredibly useful for outdoor shoots, especially in crowded places like the Eiffel Tower where you need to move fast due to extremely limited time for a shoot.

    The Snaplux opens as fast as an umbrella but it contains an outer diffuser and has a grid allowing you to control the direction of light. It’s very light and compact-able which allows carrying it around to be a breeze.

    The exquisite soft light quality truly worked perfectly for the outdoor session.

    This little light shaper helped tremendously with the success of this shoot and I look forward to using it in many of my future shoots!

    The weather

    Although it was super cold, cloudy, and rainy during the week, we were very lucky the day of the shoot.

    Our shoot was the only time we were actually able to see the Paris sky. It was a beautiful blue sky with some wispy clouds which added an amazing texture to the captured images.

    Although, we faced so many challenges, the entire experience was spectacular. The team all connected with each other quickly, which made the shoot fun for everyone. Creating a moment that will be cherished forever.

    Because nothing can inspire artists better than, a beautiful and romantic city, Paris

    Read the full story on Yuliya's website


    Yuliya's To Go Set

    • Snaplux Octa Softbox 60cm (24")

      Snaplux Octa Softbox 60cm (24")N° 26639

      Octagonal is dedicated to portrait, beauty and fashion.

      Portrait, beauty and fashion photographers will love the Snaplux Octa Softbox 60 cm

      because of the incredible catchlight they can achieve.

      Incl. Grid 30°, external diffuser and carrying bag.
      Please note; the Snaplux Adapter is not included and must be ordered separately.

    • ELB 500 TTL To Go

      ELB 500 TTL To GoN° 10309.1

      The ELB 500 TTL To Go is the ideal set to enjoy total freedom in a lightweight and portable solution while still delivering 400 full power flashes on a single charge. Freeze motion in action mode or use HSS, rely on the battery for on location work or plug it in the mains while shooting in studio with the Active Charge feature.

      The Elinchrom Transmitter Pro is not included in this set and must be order separately. Transmitters are available for Canon and Nikon. Other brands will follow later.

    • Transmitter Pro - Nikon®

      Transmitter Pro - Nikon®N° 19367

      The Elinchrom Transmitter Pro is dedicated to compatible Nikon cameras.

      It offers fast shutter speeds up to 1/8000s, with HS / HSS and TTL / Manual functions.

      A visual display allow photographers to control flash power and modelling lamp and enable Elinchrom flash units and group settings.

      Previously known as Skyport Plus HS. This product is now named Transmitter Pro since firmware 2.1

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