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The world is my studio with Bella Kotak

The world is my studio with Bella Kotak


“So…” “One, two, three.” “Beautiful.” “And now hold the light a little bit closer,
and let’s see what that looks like.” “Wow! That’s gorgeous.” “Oh, that light is amazing!” I’ve been drawn to flowers and
natural life since I was a child; Spring, the season of birth and bloom,
being my favorite time of year. As a lover of natural light, today’s shoot was
a way for me to take my work to another level. I’ve always avoided using flash in my photos because I feel like in so many ways it
was just really overwhelming. However, I have been curious to push myself
out of my comfort zone, to experiment more, to reconnect with the playfulness that
I experienced when I first picked up the camera. “Face…yes, face the light there. Yes!” “One, two, three.” “Lovely!” When it comes to my photo shoots,
I like to keep it intimate. Often, it’s just myself and the model. Sometimes when my boyfriend visits,
he lends a hand, but usually it’s just a model and I. And because of that, it’s so important that
my kit is light and easily portable. “Bring this hand…it’s straight at the moment, so bring it in a bit, like…
And…change hands one more time.” The lights were so intuitive, making it really easy for me
to just pick them up and jump right in. “Eyes to me.” “Eyes past me, here.” I was also a little bit skeptical
on how soft the light would be, but with the diffuser modifiers,
the light had a nice wrap to it. It almost felt as if I had set up a scene in the studio.
(“Lovely…”) “That’s lovely!” “Oh, and the light coming from there –
beautiful, Jodie!” I’m used to working with natural light,
and that has made me a really quick shooter. I was really impressed with
how the lights kept up. On that note, the battery life too. After shooting most of the day,
I still had over half the battery left. I found myself using the TTL mode a lot, because it meant that I didn’t have to keep
changing the power setting on the flash while my model moved through the woods. I was excited, I felt like I had accessed a whole new world
of possibilities in how I can grow my work. One without the limits
that natural light can place. At the end of the day,
I believe it’s important to never let your lack of equipment hold you back. However, I do believe also that sometimes some
pieces of equipment can open up creative possibilities that we never imagined possible and that will elevate our work
and, ultimately, take it to another level.

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19 thoughts on “The world is my studio with Bella Kotak

  1. At 1:00 . . . is she bouncing that flash off the sky? Weird video showing someone who chimps after every shot and needs an assistant to carry and set up speed lights seems a bit odd. I wonder if Joe McNally or David Hobby would need a boy to assist them in this simple shoot . . .
    Video Concept: If you are trying to show that girls can do flash photography too, then find a female shooter who knows what the heck she is doing and can do it without male assistance. I'm sure they exist.

  2. LOL at her bouncing the light off the sky! cool product but this video is a bit weird. seems like she's maybe never used a flash before. Why is she selling profoto kit? I'm pretty sure she's a natural light photographer… would like to see what the light actually did here but its hard to know whats light and whats heavy editing…  hard sell on the product too if she sounds like she's reading from a script. cool product though! want!

  3. im used to using natural light , back in my studio ?err something's not adding up here, don't most people use studio lights in a studio

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  5. Bella's work is stunning as always but I can't understand why Profoto is marketing the A1 as a portable flash yet in most of it's videos you'll always find a B1 in the background. That's sending the wrong message I think.

  6. If you guys want to sponsor someone who actively shoots with strobes, and fantasy work , feel free to msg me 😉

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