An Artist's view: Leo Rosas Morin

An Artist’s view

Hello everyone, my name is Leo Rosas Morin. I was born in 1985 in Caracas, Venezuela, and have always had a passion for visual communication and the arts. My journey into photography officially began in 2001 when skateboarding led me to capture moments with my friends, and it has evolved from there. Despite initial hurdles in formal education, I pursued my passion autodidactically and honed my skills through constant practice and experimentation.

Over the years, I have had the honor of working with major brands like Red Bull, Peli Products, Sony, and now Maxima LED as their official photographer and ambassador. My work has earned multiple photography awards and accolades, which fuels my passion for creating visually stunning content. I specialize in various fields, including studio, portraits, commercial, corporate, and action sports photography, providing tailored visual solutions that resonate with diverse audiences. My commitment to excellence and understanding each client’s unique needs has been key to my success and continued motivation.

What is your main field in photography / videomaking?

I specialize in action sports photography, commercial and corporate photography, and portraits. My work often involves capturing dynamic and high-energy moments, which aligns well with my background in skateboarding photography. I also have significant experience in creating polished, professional images for commercial and corporate clients, as well as detailed and emotive studio portraits.

What equipment do you use?

Cameras: I primarily use Sony cameras, currently working with a Sony Alpha 1 for its incredible resolution and dynamic range, and a Sony Alpha 9 Mark III for its versatility and groundbreaking features in sports photography.
Lenses: I rely mostly on the GM Fixed focal length lineup from Sony.
Lighting: I use Profoto flashes and Maxima LED continuous lights to control and shape light precisely.

Which Maxima products have you used?

I use the Maxima 3, Maxima 6 Gan and the Maxima Furiosa. These products have been a great addition to my studio and on-location shoots, providing consistent and high-quality lighting that enhances my image’s overall look, feel, and workflow.

Can you tell us a little bit more about your favorite lighting strategy?

It really depends on the mission of the day. For example, if we have a large number of portraits to take, I opt for a single standard look that can work efficiently for all the subjects, such as a soft large modifier as key light plus any necessary additional rim lights or background lights.

If we have one single talent in mind or a very specific look, then I plan accordingly to use light and contrast to achieve the desired goal and purpose. If I had to choose one setup, I would probably go with a contrasty key light from the Maxima 3 with a Fresnel lens in a darker environment to make the main subject pop in a “theatrical stage” kind of way.

What are the characteristics of Maxima that you enjoyed most?

Maxima products stand out for their exceptional build quality and reliability. The consistent and adjustable lighting output allows me to fine-tune the illumination to suit different shooting scenarios very quickly. I appreciate the benefit of their low heat technology, the perfect compatibility with Profoto flashes, and their approach to product development, which includes sustainability, functionality, and quality as top priorities.

The color accuracy and brightness of Maxima LEDs ensure that my subjects are lit perfectly, which significantly reduces post-production time. Overall, Maxima’s commitment to innovation and quality aligns perfectly with my own standards for creating visually stunning and impactful content.


An Artist's view: Martynas Justinevicius

An Artist’s view

My name is Martynas Justinevicius A.K.A Glidephotos. Born in Lithuania and grew up in Hawaii. Currently residing in Stockholm Sweden but working worldwide. I have been working as a photographer for over a decade but as of the last recent years also as videographer and YouTuber mainly focused on creating captivating content.

What is your main field in photography / videomaking?

My personal style is unique and colourful, though I also create the “commercial” style content when needed. I use alot of different tools to create the effects in my images and video and rarely is it ever done in the editing process but is focused on in camera effects. I mainly work with creative lighting situations that have been location based for the most part but recently have also been in the studio. I always aim to create images that have not been done before and with anything new, it’s always a hit or a miss but it allows me to be challenged on every project I work on.

What equipment do you use?

My main camera for photo and video is the Nikon Z6. Although also working with other cameras such as a Nikon F100 for analog work and a Ricoh GR2 for day to day creations and experimental work. As far as lenses go, too many to list but the ones I have with me often are the 35mm f1.4, 105mm f1.4, 40mm f2 Z, 14-30mm f4 Z. For FX filters, I mainly use PrismLens FX and for haze/smoke, I use the Smoke Genie and Smoke Ninja from PMI Gear. There is more gear that I can share since ever project is unique and may need specific effects to bring out the exact vision.

Which Maxima products have you used?

I have been mainly using the Maxima 6 GaN with the battery box to allow me to use the light in any situation anywhere.

Can you tell us a little bit more about your favorite lighting strategy?

For most of my career, colourful lighting has been my favourite. Having opposite colours on a model, but as of recent I have enjoyed to allow for skin tones to come out in images along with colourful tones on the model and background. That has been possible with the Maxima 6 GaN light. It has been the main key light in many shoots with other lights creating interesting lighting effects around the model.
A second favourite lighting setup is having the main light in back of the model and aiming right into the camera, with some added haze or smoke it’s possible to get some very interesting images.
Classic lighting setups is always a start for any shoot, but later I always aim to create a setup that is not conventional for many shoots.

What are the characteristics of Maxima that you enjoyed the most?

Some characteristics that I love of Maxima 6 GaN are that, compared to other lights of this strength, the Maxima is much lighter and smaller: that works well for my style of shooting and for what I focus on. For me, being able to show up to a shoot with a small kit and produce high quality work is everything. Living in Sweden, you can never trust the weather and, with Maxima, that is something I don’t need to think about when shooting out on location: we can continue to get great images no matter the rain or the snow.


An Artist's view: Jorge Miguel Jaime

An Artist’s view

Jorge Miguel Jaime, a renowned portrait and event photographer from Valencia, guides us through his expertise in backlighting.

What is your main field in photography / videomaking?

We have an audiovisual production company called Cataclán. We are dedicated to the realization and production of live events, productions, galas, congresses, corporate video production and photography, very specialised in wedding photography.

What equipment do you use?

I have been using SONY equipment for many years, both for event video and ENG, the Cinemaline line for social and corporate video and the a7 and a9 for photography. I work with different models depending on the work to be done. I have the versatile a7-4, the very special s-3 and now we have incorporated 2 units of the 9-3 which is a camera that changes your life, especially if you like to shoot with flash.
Almost all my lenses are fixed lenses for still photography and in video I do use more zoom lenses, especially if I want to give a more television look to the production.
When it comes to lighting with flash I use Profoto and now I switched to Maxima for lighting continuously my scenes.

Which Maxima products have you used?

I have used the Maxima 6. A light of supreme quality and very easy and comfortable to work with, the fact that it is not weighted makes it very easy to move around and because it is so powerful you can work with the sun against it with great results. For me it is very important to have a product in which I can work photography and video at the same time and Maxima allows me to do so.

Can you tell us a little bit more about your favorite lighting strategy?

Personally I really like to work with the backlight. I like the cinematic aura it gives to the photos and video. With the modifiers I already have I can attenuate the backlight without it being barely noticeable. Above all I like the light to be there, but I like it to be subtle and delicate.

What are the characteristics of Maxima that you enjoyed most?

Enjoy above all its power, speed of handling and quickness to move and change location. The light quality is spectacular and the construction allows you to work even in extreme conditions. But if there’s one thing I like, it’s being able to be much more productive when working on photo and video at the same time, which is very important.


An Artist's view: Stefan Leitner

An Artist’s view

My name is Stefan Leitner, and I am an Austrian photographer based in Graz. After ten years as an international IT-consultant, I became a full-time photographer in 2009. My portfolio includes portrait, product, and landscape photography. My work is always centered around a perfectly staged and illuminated motif. I’ve also been running a professional daylight studio (www.studiohell.at) in Graz for the past three years, which is also available for rental.

What is your main field in photography / videomaking?

I initially concentrated on sports and alpine photography. However, in recent years, I’ve become increasingly interested in classic advertising photography. During this time, I realized how important professional lighting is. Whether it’s people or products, I always strive for perfect lighting. For the first few years, I worked exclusively with flashes. Only when I began working with continuous light did the quality of the output improve significantly. After all, a photographer needs to be able to see the light they are working with. Only then can the subject be illuminated precisely.

What equipment do you use?

I have always been a big fan of Fujifilm, because in my opinion, colours are best reproduced. I now work with a Fujifilm GFX 100 II with various prime lenses. I have always relied on Profoto for flashes.

Which Maxima products have you used?

I currently work with two Maxima Furiosas and one Maxima 6 GaN with Profoto-adapters

Can you tell us a little bit more about your favorite lighting strategy?

As I mentioned earlier, I need to be able to see the light I’m working with. Often, the desired lighting effect is achieved with only a few millimetres of adjustment. The same process would take much longer with flashes. Maxima is extremely useful, especially when working in the studio. Whether it’s fill light, edge light, or just shadows, having three Maxima lights is the ultimate game changer for me. Because I usually work in theter mode, I can control all three lights directly from my workstation via the app, saving me a lot of time. More importantly, I can always adjust the lighting situation from the camera perspective. I could not imagine working with flashes again. Because of the Maxima series’ high performance, freezing movements are also not an issue.

What are the characteristics of Maxima that you enjoyed most?

I’ve been working with Profoto for over ten years, so I have a large collection of light shapers that I can use with the Maxima system. This not only saves me money, but it produces the same effect as the flashes. Actually, everything is the same as before, with the only difference that I can always see the final light configuration. It is a dream.


An Artist's view: Daniel Kellenberger

An Artist’s view

My name is Daniel Kellenberger, I am a photographer at the shores of Lake Zurich, Switzerland. I originally studied Film at the Edinburgh College of Art, specializing in camera. After my return to Switzerland, I worked a while as a DOP for the national music television and switched afterwards into photography. My career began as an employed press photographer for a newspaper and declared myself a freelance photographer in 2011. In the following decade, I freelanced for all major newspapers and print products in Switzerland, as well for advertising agencies and companies, specializing in Portraits and Architecture.

What is your main field in photography / videomaking?

After 12 years, I moved my studio from the city to a neighbour village at the Lake of Zurich to be closer to family, home and local politics. With the new studio, I decided to focus more on portraits for actors, models and dancers but keep doing selected assignments for clients. Changing my work into a more creative and personal field of photography gave me the urge to expand my level of experimenting and trying new things with equipment and postproduction. My pictures should be a compromise of spontaneous ideas from press photography and dramatic filmic scenes.

Although my background is from film, I wanted to keep photography as my core business. I adore the haptics of a printed photograph and put it on a wall or into books.

What equipment do you use?

I still work with a Canons EOS 5Ds but with the new Leica SL3, I probably switch my photography gear soon. Since the beginning, I used Profoto flashlights for over 15 years. With my new studio, it was time to try something new and add continuous light.

Which Maxima products have you used?

During my research for reliable and innovative continuous lighting, I came across the Maxima 3 Fresnel kit with the Profoto-adapter.

Can you tell us a little bit more about your favorite lighting strategy?

Because of my experience, I can tell the effect and impact from flashlights. But I wanted to try something new and when trying new things, it is very helpful to see and control it. My favorite strategy is a combination of flash where I know what to expect and strong warm reflections from the Maxima 3. In my studio, I also started to take more pictures again with available light where the Maxima 3 is a perfect source for fill light, directly or indirectly.

What are the characteristics of Maxima that you enjoyed most?

The Maxima 3 has a variety of interesting features. It can be used as a strong simple light without adapters to tickle out the most of this powerful source. Or you can use it with the Fresnel adapter to have a concentrated and focused lighting. With the compatibility towards Profoto softboxes, it can also be used as a main light when you want visible control over your motif. The robust and significant manufacturing allows it to be a reliable piece of equipment in a fast-paced shooting. It endures the stress of a long session with steady and trusty light quality.

To me, the Maxima 3 was a perfect entry point into continuous lighting, I can’t wait to try the Maxima Furiosa and looking forward to future innovations from Maxima LED!