Top 5: Our Most Popular Posts on the Profoto Blog in 2014!

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Portrait Photography

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We all have something to celebrate, whether it’s Christmas or something else. Here at Profoto we all wish you a wonderful time of the year. We’ve sure had an amazing time this year, with lots of great stories with amazing photographers and exciting news. 

Our social media team here at Profoto will take a short break from blogging, tweeting, and emailing you guys.

Meanwhile, you can always check out the list below, compiling this year’s most popular stories on the Profoto Blog.

We’ll return on January 7. Until then.

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Mark Seliger on His Iconic Portrait of Kurt Cobain

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Portrait Photography

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We recently had the privilege of meeting one of the true masters of portrait photography – Mark Seliger. This resulted in five new videos, in which Seliger shares his thoughts on lighting and portrait photography. 

You will find all the videos at our dedicated Mark Seliger page. There is also an opportunity to win a signed copy of one of Seliger’s much loved photo books on the page.

In the fourth video, Mark Seliger explains how Kurt Cobain’s rebellious rock star attitude can both turn into a representation of grunge music and an iconic portrait when caught off guard.

Watch all videos and sign up for a chance to win a Seliger photo book here.

 

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Mark Seliger on His Iconic Portrait of P Diddy

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Videos

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We recently had the privilege of meeting one of the true masters of portrait photography – Mark Seliger. This resulted in five new videos, in which Seliger shares his thoughts on lighting and portrait photography. 

You will find all the videos at our dedicated Mark Seliger page. There is also an opportunity to win a signed copy of one of Seliger’s much loved photo books on the page.

In our third video, Mark Seliger tells the story of how he made P Diddy look like the king of New York City for a shoot for Vanity Fair. Watch the video to hear Mark’s thoughts about it.

“A recognition of that person is 50% to the equation so knowing who that person is and then having some kind of mass appeal becomes as important as actually the photograph”, says Seliger.

Watch all videos and sign up for a chance to win a Seliger photo book here.

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Profoto HSS. It Is Here. Start Using It Today.

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in News

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Profoto HSS Profoto HSS. It Is Here. Start Using It Today.

Up until now, HSS solutions have been either consistent but lacking in speed and power, or fast and powerful but inconsistent. Today, we release Profoto HSS – a new solution that has all of the benefits and none of the limitations.

High-Speed Sync (HSS) is the technical term for syncing flash with shutter speeds shorter than the so-called x-sync, typically 1/250 of a second. It is a useful tool for controlling ambient light and for freezing action. But there used to be limitations.

Current solutions for speedlights give you a fairly even exposure. But it does so at the expense of speed and power. Previous solutions for larger flashes were faster and more powerful. But the exposure could differ as much as 2 f-stops in a single shot.

Profoto’s new solution for the B1 Off-Camera Flash has all of the benefits and none of the limitations. The B1 itself is about ten times as powerful as the average speedlight and fast enough to keep up with your camera. With the new Profoto HSS upgrade installed, you switch to HSS Mode with a simple button-press. You will then be able to shoot at shutter as fast as 1/8000 of a second.

But it does not stop there. Profoto HSS is a unique, patent-pending technology, providing an extremely fast series of flash pulses. What this means in practice is that you get an extremely consistent exposure with no measurable variation over the image.

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Profoto HSS FAQ

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Off-camera Flash

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Profoto HSS Profoto HSS FAQ

Today, we release Profoto HSS – our new solution for the B1 Off-Camera Flash that has all of the benefits and none of the limitations. We figured you guys will have a lot of questions. Don’t worry, you will find the most common questions in the FAQ below.

In addition, there will be a bunch of more specific questions in the comment section. For your information, this page will continuously be updated. So if you have a question that isn’t answered here, leave a comment or tweet us, and we’ll insert it into the FAQ as soon as we can.

1) What is HSS?

High-Speed Sync (HSS) is the technical term for syncing flash with shutter speeds shorter than the so-called x-sync, typically 1/250 of a second. With HSS, you can shoot at shutter speeds up to 1/8000.

2) What is HSS used for?

Having super short flash duration allows you to shoot with a large aperture in bright conditions to get a shallow depth without burned out skies. You can also capture super crisp action in mixed light conditions without getting motion blur from ambient light.

 3) How is Profoto HSS different?

Profoto HSS is a unique, patent-pending technology, providing an extremely fast series of flash pulses. What this means in practice is that you get an extremely consistent exposure with no measurable variation over the image. Add to that the fact that the B1 itself is about 10 times as powerful as your average speedlight and fast enough to keep up with your camera. In short, it is fast, powerful and consistent, allowing you to do things that were not possible before.

4) What products do I need to use Profoto HSS?

You need a Profoto B1 Off-Camera Flash and either an Air Remote TTL-C (for Canon) or an Air Remote TTL-N (for Nikon). Also, you need a Canon or a Nikon camera, of course.

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