Lighting Rumors’ Umbrella Deep Review: “Excellent Job Profoto!”

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Umbrellas let you create a soft and beautiful light with a minimum of hassle. Thinking of getting one? In that case you might be interested in reading Lighting Rumors’ Umbrella Deep Review?

Lighting Rumors’ Umbrella Deep review, written by photographer and staff writer Ricardo Gomez, reads almost like a short story. It starts with Ricardo telling how he first got into photography and discovered umbrellas. Furthermore he talks about how he came across the new Profoto Umbrellas and how he eventually got his hands on the deeper, more parabolic version. He then goes into the actual test and, to our great joy, compliments the umbrellas for their build quality, highly reflective interior and softbox-like quality of light.

Ricardo rounds off his review saying: “Excellent job Profoto!” Happy you like ‘em, Ricardo!

Click here to read the full review.

Brian Braun’s Profoto B1 Review. Plus a Bunch of Wonderful Portraits.

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Photographer Brian Braun is driving around The States in his huge Airstream, photographing the people he meet and the places he sees. To light his subjects, Brian brought a Profoto B1 and an Umbrella Deep – products which he now has reviewed on his blog.

“Setting out on my journey I quickly realized 99.9999% of the time I would be traveling alone,” writes Brian. “This means 2 things I had to be aware of. The first is that I would have to be very proactive in meeting people. The second was that any  and all of the gear that I so deeply love to use would have to be manageable only by me.  So you can imagine my excitement when Profoto announced their new B1 lights.”

The review also includes some information about Brian’s portrait series Faces Along A Journey. As the name suggests, the series consists of portraits of the people Brian meets on his journey – all lit with the B1 and the Umbrella Deep.

“My approach to my lighting is to feather the light across the  subject’s face,” writes Brian as he gets down to the lighting details. “Almost emulating the sun but just lower. Place the back end of the umbrella almost at the ear of the subject slightly angled toward them. This causes the light to fall right across their face while leaving the other side untouched and shadowed…thus creating mood! ahhhhaaaa!”

Click here to read Brian’s Profoto B1 review and to learn more about how he lit his portraits.

You can also follow Brian on his journey through the States on his Facebook account an Twitter account.

Photography Life’s Profoto B1 Review: “Without a Doubt, the Profoto B1 Is an Amazing Strobe”

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The latest Profoto B1 review has seen the light of day. This time it’s the online photo magazine Photography Life that takes the flash for a spin. And they like what they see. 

“Without a doubt, the Profoto B1 is an amazing strobe,” writes Nasim Mansurov, author and founder of the magazine. ““Being able to operate studio-quality lights in outdoors conditions without any cables or external battery packs, with the added advantage of using a pop-up flash on a Nikon DSLR (or an external infrared commander) is a huge plus, especially when shooting indoors or in low light.

“At just 3 kilos, it is a lightweight head that is truly portable when working in the field. No more dangling cables, no more battery packs to carry around! A truly versatile setup that currently has no equivalents on the market. Yes, it is an expensive head, but if you factor in all of the above features and capabilities, you certainly do get what you pay for.”

Click here to read the full review. It’s long, it’s thorough, and it’ll be well-worth every minute of your time!

If you want to read and see what other people think of the B1, click here.

Did You Know That You Can Browse Published Profoto Reviews at Our Website?

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This is the Profoto Blog where we keep telling you that Profoto flashes and Profoto Light Shaping Tools are the bomb. We honestly believe that. But we don’t blame you if you don’t want to take our word for it. It is, after all, the Profoto Blog…

The thing is, you don’t have to take our word for it. Other people are writing about our gear too. We’ve compiled some of these independent Profoto reviews at our website.

Click here if you want to read what other people are saying about us.

Also, if you’ve posted a review of any of our products, leave a comment below and we’ll check it out. We always value feedback, good or bad.

Andy Kruczek’s B1 Off-camera Flash Review for Photo Professional Magazine

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Yup, we know. This is the third day in a row we post a B1 Off-camera flash review. But this one is a bit different. Reviewer Andy Kruczek didn’t just try it himself. He involved a team of students with little or no experience of flash photography.

Andy starts off the review, shot and written for Photo Professional Magazine, by saying:

“My quandary was how best to test it, and the answer came when I found myself giving a talk to students at a local college, Dudley Evolve in the West Midlands. Why not, I thought, get the students involved in a shoot and let them loose with the new Profoto B1 heads?”

Said and done. Andy brought four B1s, one Canon EOS 5D Mark III equipped with an Air Remote TTL-C, two Zoom Reflectors, a Softbox RFi 1×4′ and a Softbox RFi 3′ Octa to the Dudley Evolve college. With the students as his models and assistants for the day, Andy and his newly formed team created ten final images with ten different looks in just three hours.

Andy rounds off his B1 off-camera flash review saying:

“I hate the phrase ‘game changer’, but never was it more appropriate.”

The final images plus a couple of behind-the-scenes images can be found below.

Read the full story in this month’s issue of Photo Professional Magazine, out in stores now.

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