Posts Tagged ‘Off-camera Flash’

Nature Photographer Jasper Doest’s First Experience with the B1 Off-camera Flash

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Animal photography

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Fashion photographers, commercial photographers, product photographers – they all shoot with flash. Amongst nature photographers, on the other hand, the use of flash is less widespread.  But Jasper Doest shoots with flash. And he just tried the Profoto B1 off-camera flash. Here is what he has to say of it, in his own words:  

In the field of nature photography, there’s still some hesitance against the use of artificial light sources. I don’t agree with this. Just as long as you use your flash in an appropriate way.

Try to practice balancing the light on a stuffed animal or a human model. You’ll notice that if you point your flash directly at your model at full power he or she is not going to be happy. It could even cause temporarily eye damage. So be careful with this. Another reason why you do not want to do this is that it creates very harsh flat light. Artificial light is meant to control the quality of light, not as a compensation for lack of light quantity. When you learn how to control the quantity and to balance the light from the right angles you will find that using a flash unit in a natural environment does not cause any problems for you and the welfare of the animals.

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Hard, Punchy Light at the Boxing Club with the Magnum Reflector

Written by Andrea Belluso on . Posted in The Light Shaper

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Andrea Belluso is an experienced photographer with more than three decades in the business. He has shot everything and everyone from supermodels and celebrities to fashion, beauty and stock photography. Once a month, Andrea takes us behind the scenes of one of his most recent shoots. This time he creates a hard and punchy light with the Magnum Reflector!

“Capture the essence of a classic yet modern and active man.” That was the brief I was given by advertising agency JU’NK, who had been hired by Pall Mall Barbers, one of the oldest and most respected barbershops in London, to promote their new line of products.

The first thing we did was to look for a model. Finding a British-looking man with just the right attitude in Sweden was not the easiest thing to achieve. But the second we met male model and rock star Knut, we knew we had our man!

The image was shot in one of Stockholm’s oldest boxing clubs. There is a deeply rooted boxing tradition among British gentlemen, so we figured the location would fit the brief perfectly. But there are certain challenges with shooting at a gym. Gyms are quite sterile, brightly lit environments, so creating mood and atmosphere is not an easy thing to do.

As always, I solved this by bringing my own lights, in this case three B1 off-camera flashes and three Magnum Reflectors. Read More

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

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Review

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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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Moose Peterson Tests the B1 Off-camera Flash: “The BEST Ever!”

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Review

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Wild life and aviation photographer Moose Peterson is the latest photographer to write about his very first experience with the B1 off-camera flash.

Considering Mooses’s modus operandi, we guessed that the cordless and powerful B1 would fit him like a glove. We were happy to learn that that assessment was correct. In fact, Moose names the B1 the “the BEST ever”!

“The Profoto B1 500 AirTTL Battery Powered Flash is a beautiful 500w light in a small package,” writes Moose furthermore. “It’s powered by a battery the size of a cigarette packet, that blows me away. Being a small package was a really IMPORTANT consideration since I’ll be flying to locations often with these units. But the #1 consideration for all the units I tested was the quality of light they produce. That’s where the B1 really excelled!”

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American Photo’s Profoto B1 Review: “Light of My Life.”

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Review

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The latest Profoto B1 review has arrived. This one comes from Stan Horaczek at American Photo, who declares that “Profoto’s wireless strobe system, with swappable batteries is a winner” and cheekily names the B1 the light of his life.

“Setting up this “off-camera flash” system felt like using speedlights,” writes Stan furthermore. “I didn’t have to run any cords or attach any battery packs. I didn’t even worry about adjusting the flash power on the back of the head. I just set the lights on stands, put the Air Remote TTL-C onto a Canon EOS 5D Mark III, and fired a test shot. To my surprise, I got a usable first frame.”

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