Portrait photographer Patrick Hall wanted to capture real emotions in real people. So he held a camera to their face and hit them with 300.000 volts of electricity. The result? Some stunning (haaa…) portraits and one of the most talked about videos this week!
“As a portrait photographer, you’re always trying to get something real,” says Patrick Hall. “And what’s interesting about this photo shoot is that there is no way you can fake your emotion or your expression when you’re getting hit with 300.000 volts of electricity.
Well, we can’t argue with that, Patrick…
The video, posted by the good people at Fstoppers, spread like wildfire. Of course, watching the video, we couldn’t help but notice what tools Patrick was using – three Profoto D1 1.000 Ws moonlights, two HR Softboxes and a classic Zoom Reflector.
Those of you who want to get into the nitty gritty details about Patrick’s setup and solution should defintiely check out his thorough behind-the-scenes video, which you will find below.
You should also head over to Fstoppers for the full story and more final shots.
The British Journal of Photography (BJP) was first published in 1854. That makes the magazine 160 years old. One-hundred-and-sixty. How cool is that?
Almost as cool is the fact that BJP’s most recent review is a thorough examination of the Profoto B1 off-camera flash – or the B1 Location Kit, to be precise.
The review, done and written by photographer Martin Evening, is, in the magazine’s fashion, detailed and sober. But also positive.
The review’s final verdict of the kit is:
“At €2950, the Profoto B1 Off-Camera Flash kit isn’t cheap, and you still need to factor in the cost of the Air Remote TTL unit plus stands and lighting accessories. But for the sheer convenience and automated control you get working with the Profoto B1 lights, it’s a compelling package.
Read the full review here.
Joe McNally loves his Nikon. But he also loves taking control of and shaping the light in front of his camera.
In a recently published story on his blog, Joe writes about his experiences with his newest tools for shaping light: the Profoto B1 off-camera flash and the new Air Remote TTL-N, allowing Nikon shooters to do TTL with the Profoto B1.
Joe, evidently impressed by his new tools, concludes his test saying:
“There’s lots of experimenting to do with these and the possibilities for the future are pretty endless. But, across the board, these units rock. Battery life is excellent. The design of both the flash and the remote is simple and straightforward. The TTL response was predictable, and controllable. I had control of all three zones, and they all responded to commands. This is exciting stuff, and there is definitely more tk here…….”
Thanks for the kind words, Joe! You made our day.
What is the Profoto B1?
The Profoto B1 is a cordless off-camera flash that can do TTL with any Canon camera. On September 15, we will release Air Remote TTL-N and thereby grant Nikon shooters the same option.
Can I somehow try the Profoto B1 with my Nikon even before that?
Yes. Click here and tell us about the most creative and inspiring (yet doable) shoot you can think of doing with a Profoto B1 + the Air Remote TTL-N + a Nikon camera.
We’ll send a shiny new Profoto B1 and an Air Remote TTL-N to the photographer that pitches us the most goosebump-inducing idea.
What do you want me to do with it?
Keep it! In return, we simply want you to use it to turn your idea into reality. Also, when the shoot is done, we want to share your story and the images you shot on our social channels.
When does that contest close?
You have until August 25 to tell us about your idea. That is one week from now. The gear will be sent the day after.
I still have a few questions…
Use the comment field below. We’ll get back to you as fast as we can.