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Profoto HSS. It Is Here. Start Using It Today.

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in News

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Up until now, HSS solutions have been either consistent but lacking in speed and power, or fast and powerful but inconsistent. Today, we release Profoto HSS – a new solution that has all of the benefits and none of the limitations.

High-Speed Sync (HSS) is the technical term for syncing flash with shutter speeds shorter than the so-called x-sync, typically 1/250 of a second. It is a useful tool for controlling ambient light and for freezing action. But there used to be limitations.

Current solutions for speedlights give you a fairly even exposure. But it does so at the expense of speed and power. Previous solutions for larger flashes were faster and more powerful. But the exposure could differ as much as 2 f-stops in a single shot.

Profoto’s new solution for the B1 Off-Camera Flash has all of the benefits and none of the limitations. The B1 itself is about ten times as powerful as the average speedlight and fast enough to keep up with your camera. With the new Profoto HSS upgrade installed, you switch to HSS Mode with a simple button-press. You will then be able to shoot at shutter as fast as 1/8000 of a second.

But it does not stop there. Profoto HSS is a unique, patent-pending technology, providing an extremely fast series of flash pulses. What this means in practice is that you get an extremely consistent exposure with no measurable variation over the image.

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Profoto HSS FAQ

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Off-camera Flash

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Today, we release Profoto HSS – our new solution for the B1 Off-Camera Flash that has all of the benefits and none of the limitations. We figured you guys will have a lot of questions. Don’t worry, you will find the most common questions in the FAQ below.

In addition, there will be a bunch of more specific questions in the comment section. For your information, this page will continuously be updated. So 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.

1) What is HSS?

High-Speed Sync (HSS) is the technical term for syncing flash with shutter speeds shorter than the so-called x-sync, typically 1/250 of a second. With HSS, you can shoot at shutter speeds up to 1/8000.

2) What is HSS used for?

Having super short flash duration allows you to shoot with a large aperture in bright conditions to get a shallow depth without burned out skies. You can also capture super crisp action in mixed light conditions without getting motion blur from ambient light.

 3) How is Profoto HSS different?

Profoto HSS is a unique, patent-pending technology, providing an extremely fast series of flash pulses. What this means in practice is that you get an extremely consistent exposure with no measurable variation over the image. Add to that the fact that the B1 itself is about 10 times as powerful as your average speedlight and fast enough to keep up with your camera. In short, it is fast, powerful and consistent, allowing you to do things that were not possible before.

4) What products do I need to use Profoto HSS?

You need a Profoto B1 Off-Camera Flash and either an Air Remote TTL-C (for Canon) or an Air Remote TTL-N (for Nikon). Also, you need a Canon or a Nikon camera, of course.

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Framing the Shot. Here Is How to Get It Right From the Start.

Written by Louis Pang on . Posted in Lighting Tips

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Malaysian photographer and guest blogger Louis Pang is back. This time he takes us behind-the-scenes of a recent to shoot to talk about what Louis considers to be the most challenging aspect of a shoot: framing the shot. Here is the story, in Louis own words.

When I arrive on a location for a shoot, the biggest challenge is framing the shot. Is it background going to be this wall or that atrium? Should I go wide or tight? What is the language of light? Just ambient light, a blend of artificial and natural light or purely artificial? These are the myriad of possibilities we face. We have to commit to a shot or idea or we risk chasing rainbows, coming away with pictures that are neither here nor there.

In this post, I’ll walk everyone through an environmental portraiture I shot for a leading property magazine recently. You will see how I started, where I ended up and all the dilemmas I faced in between.

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Shutterbug’s Profoto B1 Off-Camera Flash Review: “The Battery Design and Capacity are exemplary.”

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Review

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Shutterbug is a magazine dedicated to serious photo enthusiasts and working professionals. Recently, Shutterbugs’s staff writer Steve Bedell put the Profoto B1 Off-Camera Flash and the Air Remote TTL-C to the test. Read his review to learn what he thinks about them. 

“Like all Profoto gear, the B1 lights and accessories are built to take years of hard use,” writes Shutterbug’s Steve Bedell. “I particularly like the lamp head design where you just throw a cap on it and you don’t worry about breaking anything. The battery design and capacity are exemplary.”

Steve wanted to try the B1 Off-Camera Flash and Air Remote TTL-C on location. Doing so, he tried a few different setups. For instance, he did one in Atlantic Gymnastics in Dover, New Hampshire, where he used two B1 Off-Camera Flashes, one Umbrella Deep White L and his Air Remote TLL-C.

His conclusion?

“The Air Remote TTL-C controller is so simple to use that you’ll be off and running in five minutes. Once you get used to using it, the integration of radio control plus TTL makes everything else seem like old tech.”

“They set up quickly and can get you accurate exposures with little effort on your part. With the cost of top-of-the-line speedlights going for $550 to $600 with only a fraction of the power, the B1 lights make economic sense for many applications. If you have the need and the budget, these lights should be high on your shopping list.”

Click here to read the detailed review at Shutterbug’s website.

If you want to learn more about Profoto B1, click here