“There are so many things to love about the B1!” he writes. “First and foremost – TTL (through the lens metering) on a robust 500 watt second head. TTL does the heavy lifting for you, determining a rock solid exposure on the fly, allowing you to simply set up your lights and shoot. This means you can work intuitively without metering or worrying about technical issues. If you are technically inclined, no worries, the B1 has a full Manual Mode feature set as well. Profoto calls the B1 an Off-Camera Flash because it fills the void between handheld flashes and Monolights. By any name it’s a first of it’s kind and definitely a welcome addition. It would take approximately 10 Speedlights to equal the output of 1 B1 and Monolights don’t have TTL. Enter the B1!”
We’ve received a lot of questions about the new B1 off-camera flash, and when we say a lot, we mean a lot.
We thought it might be a good idea to collect the most common questions in one place. That place is here. Welcome to the B1 off-camera flash FAQ!
This page will continuously be updated. If you have a question that isn’t answered here, leave a comment or tweet us, and we’ll insert it into the FAQ as soon as we can.
Below are some of the most common questions so far: (more…)
Richard Walch had long fantasized about combining action photography with rocks colored red and blue with light. But it was not until the B1 off-camera flash was introduced that he and his team discovered a solution for how to do it. Read the story and learn how.
About a year ago, Richard Walch saw a picture of Chefchaouen, the ancient Moroccan city famous for its blue-rinsed stonewalls and alleys. It got him and his partner in crime Marcel Lämmerhirt thinking about doing something similar with light. Eventually they came up with the idea of bringing trial biker Thomas Öhler and flat land BMXer Viki Gomez to the Carrara marble quarry in Italy and color it red and blue with flash lights and color gels.
“The idea was to combine stunning bike action with great scenery,” says Richard. “We wanted to do something that would appeal to people who like action photography as well as those who prefer something like landscape or architecture photography.”
The challenge with such a shoot is that you need a fast and mobile flash to capture the action, and a powerful flash to light up the scene. There are not many flashes like that. But Richard and his team found a solution.
“The shoot would not have been possible without the B1,” says Richard. “Speedlights aren‘t powerful enough, plus we really needed the Light Shaping Tools. At the same time, we had to follow the bikers around the quarry, so we needed something cordless and portable. Before the B1, there was no flash with all these features.” (more…)
Last Friday, we hinted that we would release a new, revolutionizing flash. Yesterday, its release caused such a storm of clicks and visitors that our website crashed. Today, we present the reason for all this ruckus: the B1 off-camera flash.
We call the B1 an off-camera flash because it is not a speedlight and it is not a monolight. It is a new kind of flash that brings a whole new way of shooting. “Once you try it, it changes everything,” said Richard Walch, the first photographer who tried it. We believe that’s true.
Why? Because it has TTL, so you get a perfect exposure in a flash. Because it is battery-powered and cordless, so you can take it with you wherever you go and put it wherever you want. Add to that the power, speed and light shaping possibilities that Profoto lights are known for, and you have an off-camera flash that makes great light easy.
Scroll down and we will get into the details a bit more. (more…)
In seven hours, we’ll send out a special email to our newsletter subscribers, introducing them to a new kind of flash, unlike any we have ever done before.
That is, in other words, at 8AM LA, 11AM NY, 4PM London, 5PM Paris, 5PM Stockholm, 12AM Beijing, +1AM Tokyo and +3AM Sydney.
The office is bustling with activity. Hope you are as excited as we are.