Matt Korinek Tries Profoto HSS In Three Different Situations

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Sports Photography

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© Matt Korinek

Being a fitness photographer, Matt Korinek sometimes needs to shoot in difficult conditions that requires shorter flash duration than the so-called x-sync, typically 1/250 of a second. He was then of course extra excited when we released HSS for his Profoto B1 Off-Camera Flash. Matt decided to try it out in three different situations. 

First off, a shoot up on the roof of a local parking garage. Matt wanted to get a good look of how the system would operate in full sun.

“As you can see, the flash makes a big difference in the scene while still keeping it realistic.”, Matt writes and compares the two images seen below.

“The Profoto HSS system was up to the task and I didn’t see any banding that you would usually see if you exceed your camera’s flash sync speed limit. The TTL system also worked as advertised and provided an acceptable exposure.”

“The biggest benefit was that I could shoot at high shutter speeds fast enough to capture action and add artificial light to give the image a more premium look.”, he continues.

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Profoto’s B2 Off-Camera Flash System Goes to the Oscars

Written by Harley Anderson on . Posted in Off-camera Flash

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LA-based celebrity, portrait and editorial shooter Matt Sayles has for the last years been photographing the three days of the Oscar pre-show rehearsals and all the events leading up to the big night. What was unique this year was that he was the first photographer at the Oscars with the brand new B2 Off-Camera Flash in his hands. 

Long before opening night, Broadway shows are typically rehearsed and previewed out-of-town in order to work the bugs out of the in cities that social and mass media aside, are well beyond the eyes, ears, and lights of Broadway. Wedding ceremonies and similar social venues are also often rehearsed in advance of the big day.

Same holds true for the Academy Awards despite the fact they invariably run overtime. During the three days leading up to the evening of the award ceremonies, every word and body movement is rehearsed and camera positions are figured out for among other things, where each of the possible winners in each category are seated in the audience.

Before Profoto officially introduced its new compact B2 Off-Camera Flash system, they offered a group of wedding, portrait, and location photographers an opportunity to try the new flash system out and see how it performs out in the real-world.

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On To Light Shaping: How Ryan Brenizer Turned One B2 Into Two

Written by Harley Anderson on . Posted in Videos

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On to Light Shaping is a new video series in which get to see 18 renowned portrait and wedding photographer create magic with Profoto Off-Camera Flash. In this video we join photographer Ryan Brenizer as he turns one B2 into two.  When you are done watching, click here to see the rest of the series.

Ryan Brenizer likes challenges. He lives in NYC. That’s challenging. As a journalist he covered among others, the last three presidents. That’s challenging. And he’s a wedding and portrait photographer, which can be extremely challenging.

Brenizer appreciates photo gear that works under challenging circumstances, and if the gear is smaller and lighter than the competition, so much the better. Not surprisingly Brenizer fell in love with the B2 Off-Camera Flash the moment he first saw it.

In a bid to see how quickly he could capture a bold portrait of his models on an unseasonably cold afternoon in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, Ryan and Tatiana Breslow, his soon-to-be-bride & business partner (and a terrific wedding photographer in her own right) coupled one of Profoto’s new OCF Light Shaping Tools – an OCF Softbox 2×3′ onto a B2 Head.

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On to Light Shaping: Street Photography Extraordinaire with Jaleel King

Written by Harley Anderson on . Posted in Videos

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On to Light Shaping is a new video series in which get to see 18 renowned portrait and wedding photographer create magic with Profoto Off-Camera Flash. In this video we join photographer Jaleel King for a street photography session in Philadelphia. When you are done watching, click here to see the rest of the series.

Jaleel King is a Philadelphia-based portrait & lifestyle photographer who despite being wheelchair bound has none-the-less proved himself to be an accomplished street photographer. A big fan of TTL flash, one of Jaleel’s ongoing challenges has been finding a lighting solution that is not only reliable and accurate, but also easy to take to the streets. Now, he seems to have found it.

“The beauty of the Profoto Off-Camera Flash system is that everything is really compact and light. Even when shooting from a wheelchair there’s little to stifle my creative abilities. The B2 Off-Camera Flashes are light, easy to use, and for me the cool thing is that the high-speed sync feature worked really well at the higher speeds. No black frames. None!”

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Christian van Hanja Uses 75 Cameras to Shoot an Athlete in Ultra Slow Motion

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Videos

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This video took almost five years of development and 75 DSLR cameras to pull off. Looking at the outcome, we’re assuming photographer Christian van Hanja considers every second and penny well spent. 

Christian van Hanja was first featured on our blog a little over a year ago with his beautiful video of a flatland BMX biker doing tricks next to the river Seine.

His latest video, however, takes things to a whole new level. Using a massive rig of no less than 75 DSLR cameras and Profoto lighting, Christian films living flatland BMX legend Viki Gomez in 4K Ultra high definition and PHANTOM Ultra slow motion.

The tech specs will have some of you frothing around the mouth. The rest of you can just sit back and enjoy the mindblowing outcome.

When you are done watching, why not check out the video we did with Viki Gomez and Richard Walch for the launch of the B1 Off-Camera Flash in 2013?