Posts Tagged ‘Off-camera Flash’

You Know the B1. Now Meet the Profoto B2. And the Rest of the Family.

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in News

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You know the B1 – the off-camera flash that has been called “game changer” more times than we can count. Today, we present the next step in that evolution. Meet the new Profoto Off-Camera Flash system and the new Profoto B2.

The new Profoto Off-Camera Flash system is designed for fast and easy on-location photography. Everything included in the system is small and lightweight. Everything is easy to use.

The most attention-grabbing item in the system is probably the new Profoto B2. The Profoto B2 is a lighter, more portable counterpart to the B1. The Profoto B2 consists of a battery pack and a head. The battery pack can be put on the shoulder or hip, while the head is small and light enough to be mounted onto a monopod or a bracket on the camera. This will allow the photographer to stay moving. If that is not necessary, both the pack and head can be put on a stand and the Profoto B2 can be wirelessly controlled from the camera. This makes the Profoto B2 the world’s first off-camera flash that can be used both on and off-camera.

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The Profoto Off-Camera Flash FAQ / Profoto B2 FAQ

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

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Today, we release Profoto Off-Camera Flash – a brand new system designed for fast and easy on-location photography.

The video above covers the basics. What the system is, what is included, how the system works, etc.

If you want to learn more, we first and foremost recommend that you check out our brand new website, dedicated to Profoto Off-Camera Flash.

But perhaps you have a specific question? If so, below are the answers to the most common questions we’ve gotten so far.

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Jeffery Salter Shoots Dancers At Bahia Honda Rail Bridge

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Videos

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Jeffery Salter is as passionate about his personal projects as he is about his commercial jobs. For this project, for example, he brought two dancers to Bahia Honda Rail Bridge to explore the relationship between people and beautiful architecture.

Jeffery Salter describes his photographic style as “cinematic with a touch of whimsy.” He draws inspiration from surreal artists, mostly painters, and from the cinema. “I keep my eyes open even when I don’t have a camera with me,” he says.

Jeffery, who has travelled the 127 mile long road in the Florida Keys many times, is fascinated by the Key Bridges – a series of bridges which connect the forty-three islands. He had since long wanted to do a personal project about them. Now was the time.

“Its combination of structural strength and graphic lines create a surreal sense of beauty,” replies Jeffery, when asked what is so special about the old Bahia Honda Rail bridge. “It’s magnificent in sheer functionally. You know, it has withstood extreme weather conditions, even hurricanes,” he explains.

The idea behind the project was to put the bridge’s long lasting grandeur and strong graphic lines in contrast with the fleeting moment of grace and soft curves of a dancer. “I wanted to marry the lines in the bridges to the lines of the human form,” he says.

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Neil van Niekerk Puts Profoto High-Speed Sync to the Test

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Portrait Photography

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© Neil van Niekerk

© Neil van Niekerk

Photographer Neil van Niekerk wanted to shoot with super-shallow depth-of-field. But he also wanted to shoot with flash. So he decided to update his trusted B1 Off-Camera Flash with the new High-Speed Sync upgrade and take it for a spin. Here are the results. 

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 the free Profoto HSS upgrade installed in your B1 Off-Camera Flash, you can shoot at shutter speeds of up to 1/8000 of a second. Which is crazy fast, we might add.

Having the option to shoot this fast even with a flash as powerful as the B1 gives you unparalleled control of the ambient light. For example, you may shoot with a large aperture in super bright conditions and get a shallow depth and a deep blue sky. Which is exactly what photographer Neil van Niekerk did.

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Behind the Scenes with Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson

Written by Drew Gurian on . Posted in Editorial Photography

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"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" Portrait Session

Drew Gurian is a young, up-and-coming portrait photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. Each month, he’ll be bringing you a behind-the-scene perspective, navigating the freelance marketplace of one of the busiest photo markets in the world – New York City. This is the fifth part of his story.

Back in November, I was hanging out with some friends on a Friday night and got an email at 8:30PM with the subject: “Any chance you’re available tomorrow AM for a Hunger Games portrait?” That’s a pretty typical subject line from The Associated Press (AP), though admittedly, cooler than most, and a fairly typical timeline for an email before a shoot the next day. I immediately sent a text to my editor with a “YES!! I’M IN!”, knowing that if I didn’t respond quickly, the shoot would go elsewhere.

These aren’t anything like lots of editorial shoots where there’s creative calls, art direction, locations picked out, propping, styling, etc. On the contrary, these are very much a fly by the seat of your pants, improvise all the way sort of shoot – which I’ve come to absolutely love. When shooting an A-list celebrity for a client like AP (one of the largest news agencies in the world), there’s a huge amount of pressure to produce a high quality, highly reproducible set of photos, and there’s absolutely no room for error. To that end, there’s also no retouching allowed on any photos I submit to AP, aside from basic brightness/contrast, etc. In other words, my lighting needs to be spot on.  Oh, and I usually have five minutes (if I’m really lucky) or less with whoever I’m shooting to do all of this.

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