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Joe McNally Blogs About TTL, High-Speed Sync and How to Use Lighting Ratios

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Fashion Photography, Lighting Tips, Off-camera Flash

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© Joe McNally

© Joe McNally

 

You all know who Joe McNally is. But did you know that he recently recorded three video tutorials on how to light?

The first video explores through-the-lens (TTL) metering, the second one explains what light ratios are and how to use them, while the third tutorial shows you the benefits of using High-Speed Sync (HSS) in strong daylight.

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

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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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Finn Beales & The Chocolate Cannon 

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Off-camera Flash

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To put a delicious piece of chocolate in your mouth is to experience a flavor explosion. That’s what it tastes like. But what does it look like? If you were to photograph it, how would you do it? Here’s how photographer Finn Beales did it.

Finn Beales is an award-winning photographer and director based in the Black Mountains of Wales. Finn established himself as a photographer on the road, mostly focusing on travel and lifestyle photography. Lately, however, he has been spending more and more time in the studio.

“Travel photography means I have to be away from home to work and that’s not always practical with a young family at home,” says Finn. “Studio photography allows me to work when I’m not halfway around the globe. I’m also really enjoying the process of making pictures as opposed to taking them. Responding creatively to a commercial brief is a particularly enjoyable aspect.”

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Joe McNally Explains Lighting Ratios

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Videos

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Joe McNally is not your average Joe. With a career spanning over 30 years and including assignments in more than 50 countries, Joe McNally has shot everything everywhere in every thinkable sort of way. In addition to being an exceptionally experienced photographer, Joe is also known for his remarkable ability to share that knowledge. In this video he explains what lighting ratios are and how to use them to improve your photography. Here is how it works, in Joe’s own words.

So the cool thing about being a photographer is that you can take a piece of your imagination and make it real by taking a picture of it.

But what stands between you and the realization about imagination? All this technology with all these numbers attached to it, right? F-stops, shutter speeds … and lighting ratios, which is what we’re going to talk about now.

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Joe McNally Explains TTL

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Videos

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Joe McNally is not your average Joe. With a career spanning over 30 years and including assignments in more than 50 countries, Joe McNally has shot everything everywhere in every thinkable sort of way. In addition to being an exceptionally experienced photographer, Joe is also known for his remarkable ability to share that knowledge. In this video he explains what TTL is and how to use it to improve your photography. Here is how it works, in Joe’s own words.

So we’re here in a photo studio today discussing the principles of TTL flash using the Profoto Off-Camera Flash System.

If you watch the video, you will see that there is a Profoto Softbox RFi 5′ Octa behind me. It’s fitted with a Profoto B1 Off-Camera Flash, which is a battery-operated system, right? And I’ve got TTL control over it.

If you see that size of light, especially in a studio, historically you would say: “Oh, that’s a manual light! I have to go over and adjust that light.” But the beauty of the Profoto system is that not only has it got this tremendous array of Light Shaping Tools, it also has TTL technology.

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