Hello shooters. I was watching that show last night, The Girls Next Door, Hef's reality series from the Playboy Mansion and this episode featured photographer Arnie Freytag shooting the gals in various layouts, lighting, cameras, indoor, outdoor. To me, this is like attending a master class. What I noticed is that Arnie has his monterous ring flash hooked up to what looked like a 35mm. Not sure if it was digital or not, but curious if Playboy shoots mainly digital or still sticking with film. Now guys, I only watch the show strictly for technical purposes and do not pay attention to the beautiful women running around half nude in tight bikinis with Arnie getting them in the frame.
I imagine that Playboy spares no expense on buying or renting the best and most expensive camera gear and lighting rigs out there now.
Also, Arnie was firing off some shots which looked like a Hassy, Pocket Wizard in the hotshoe, maybe with a Leaf back or similar and they were viewing the shots instantly, so that had to be digital. And it appears that to get the "Playboy" look, the ring flash is used exclusively for the centerfold shots and a few others, along with big softboxes
I yahooed Arnie Freytag's name and not much came up about him, so far, no link to a website. Anyone know much about him and his workflow? It was really impressive watching him work