Trigger Your Profoto Flashes Directly from Your Phase One XF At 1/1600 of a Second

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in News

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Last year our friends at Phase One approached us and informed us that they would like to seamlessly integrate our flash system into their camera systems. Now the result is here: the groundbreaking XF Camera System, allowing you to trigger your Profoto flashes directly from your camera back at shutter speeds as fast as 1/1600 of a second.

Most available camera systems have a technical limitation preventing them from being used at shutter speeds faster than 1/250 of a second when using flash. This limitation causes problems when trying to control ambient light, shooting in daylight, and when freezing motion outdoors to name just a few examples.

Profoto provides two different solutions to this problem depending on what system you use.

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Rising Light: Casey Jade at College of Southern Nevada

Written by Harley Anderson on . Posted in Rising Light

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© Casey Jade

 

Rising Light is a monthly article series highlighting promising photography students from all over the world. In this first article we meet Casey Jade who is a Photography Major at the College of Southern Nevada. Casey used Pro-B4 Battery Generators to freeze splashes of milk. Here is how she did it.

Casey Jade chose the College of Southern Nevada because, unlike most other colleges that focus on the fine art aspects of photography, it actually offers a real-deal commercial photography program.

Considering the fact most artsy types her age make little of the business end of making art – Casey ‘gets it’. She especially appreciates the fact her teachers actually earn their livings as photographers, they don’t just teach it.

“This school is amazing. Honestly, I wouldn’t trade the experience for the world”.

 

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What’s Different When You’re Shooting in Freeze Mode?

Written by Jared Platt on . Posted in Lighting Tips

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What’s the Difference? is a series of video lighting tutorials. Each episode responds to a single question. In this episode, Jared Platt compares shooting with and without Freeze Mode activated on his flash. The entire series, including all videos, articles and lighting diagrams, is available at our website. And feel free to leave a question to Jared in the comment section if you have one!

Freezing a moment in time has always been the hallmark of the photographic arts. In the 1870s, Eadweard Muybridge used photography to freeze the gallop of a horse and proved that during gallup, all four legs leave the ground.

In this case, our lighting challenge was not to freeze a galloping horse, but to freeze the explosion of a water balloon. We filled an entire basket with small water balloons and asked our baseball player to swing away, while we compared the difference between a set of standard studio flashes and a set of Profoto B1 and B2 Off-Camera Flashes set to Freeze Mode. Read More

Zhang Jingna’s 14 Tips for Photographers Who Want to go Pro

Written by Zhang Jingna on . Posted in Education

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Some of you who read this are already full-time photographers with years of experience, while some of you are just getting started. But regardless of where you are on your journey, it’s always valuable to hear what someone else learned along the way. So, with no further ado, we present fashion photographer Zhang Jingna‘s 14 Tips for Photographers Who Want to go Pro.

Hi everyone! In my last five articles, I have covered the process of producing photoshoots, my favorite Light Shaping Tools, and tips on how to break into fashion photography. In this sixth and final piece, I would like to follow up on breaking into fashion photography and talk about how one develops into a professional photographer.

People arrive at their destinations through different paths, but many also share the same struggles, dilemmas, and pitfalls. I hope my thoughts will shed some light on what the path of going pro often entails. Let me know what you think at the end of the post!

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What’s the Difference Between a Grid and No Grid?

Written by Jared Platt on . Posted in Lighting Tips

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What’s the Difference? is a series of video lighting tutorials. Each episode responds to a single question. In this episode, Jared Platt compares shooting with and without Grids on his flashes. The entire series, including all videos, articles and lighting diagrams, is available at our website. And feel free to leave a question to Jared in the comment section if you have one!

High School Senior Portraits have become more and more elaborate, almost like little mini fashion shoots. Very few of my senior portrait sessions are shot with natural light alone. In fact, many of them can end up just like this shoot. Lighting is a big part of the success of a stylized senior portrait.

For this lighting challenge we wanted to compare how Grids change our lighting scenario. One scenario includes all lights without any Grids. Our second scenario includes a Grid on every single lighting source. As you’ll see, that small change changes the image drastically. Read More