Posts Tagged ‘Off-camera Flash’

What’s the Difference Between On and Off-Camera Flash?

Written by Jared Platt on . Posted in Videos

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What’s the Difference? is a series of video lighting tutorials. Each episode responds to a single question. In this episode, Jared Platt compares shooting on and off camera. The entire series, including all videos, articles and lighting diagrams, is available at our website. And feel free to leave a question in the comment section if you have one!

We found a perfect little spot in the Japanese Friendship Gardens in Phoenix, Arizona, to take a portrait of our little ring bearer peeking in on the rings. The bearfoot ring bearer was perfect for this lush setting.

It was a beautiful afternoon and the shade of the gardens was a perfect spot for making images. Behind the subject, I had plenty of direct sunlight dappling through the trees, but the soft, open shade around him made taking a portrait comfortable and uncomplicated.

Our goal with the shot was to compare an on-camera flash to an off-camera flash. In both cases, we used only one light (aside from the sun).

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Bo Lelewel Shoots Cinematic Portraits with Profoto B1 and HSS

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Portrait Photography

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© Bo Lelewel

© Bo Lelewel

How do you capture the many faces of men with a cinematic touch? German photography and design student Bo Lelewel traveled all the way to Cuba to do just that. With the use of Profoto B1 and HSS he was able to get exactly the look he was going for. 

“I’ve always been drawn to photographing people and using studio lights to get the look I am after. I have been shooting a lot in the studio, but lately I like shooting on location even better”, says Bo.

Everything started when Bo and his friend, a filmmaker named Jan Stollberg, had an idea of a project. At first they were leaning towards doing the project in Iceland or Morocco, but ended up travelling all the way from Germany to Cuba. “I knew that I wanted to take portraits of the locals. But I have seen a lot of portraits of those people using only natural light”, says Bo.

Bo on the other hand did not want to be limited only to the use of ambient light. Instead, he wanted to mix ambient light and artificial light to achieve the cinematic look he was going for. In order to do that, he knew that he needed a portable yet powerful solution that was easy to bring along to Cuba, yet powerful enough for his needs.

“I used the B1, because I needed enough power to overpower the ambient light but without all the weight you usually get when using a studio light and a generator. The TTL function was also really helpful to get my first exposure, and then I was able to tweak it just a bit. I love the consistency of the flash output and the durability of Profoto gear”, says Bo.

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On to Light Shaping: At the Speed Of Light with Simeon Quarrie

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Videos

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On to Light Shaping is a new video series in which get to see 18 renowned portrait and wedding photographer create magic with Profoto Off-Camera Flash. In this video we join photographer Simeon Quarrie for a fun and fast pre-wedding photo shoot. When you are done watching, click here to see the rest of the series.

Wedding and commercial photographer Simeon Quarrie is based in London, UK, but has the whole world as office. Simeon, who lives a life of travel, values gear that is lightweight and fits into a suitcase. “The lighter you can travel, the better it is”, he says.

This particular shoot required Simeon and his small crew of three to fly to Cancun, Mexico. He brought his shining new Profoto Off-Camera Flash system with him. “It’s wicked to be able to fit camera, lenses, a B2 battery pack, two B2 Heads and modifiers in a single bag,” says Simeon. “I remember Kornel, my assistant, looking at the B2 and saying: ‘Well, guess I’m out of a job then!’”

In Cancun, Simeon and his team met up with the young couple for what is known as the pre-wedding session. This is basically a more relaxed and casual version of the main wedding shoot. In addition to often resulting in heart-warming, fun images, Simeon claims that the pre-wedding shoot is also a great way to get to know the couple better and help them relax in front of the camera.

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Niel Van Niekerk’s Profoto B2 Review: “The Profoto B2 Made It Easy.”

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Review

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We recently shared with you Neil van Niekerk’s detailed review of Profoto HSS. Now, Neil is back with another review, this time of the brand new Profoto B2 and the Off-Camera Flash System.

“I really liked the Profoto B2,” writes Neil in his review. “It is really straight-forward to use – all the controls make sense.”

Neil did the test using a B2 To-Go-Kit,Profoto OCF Softbox 1×3′, a Profoto OCF Softbox 2′ Octa, a Profoto OCF Softbox 2×3′ , and an Air Remote TTL-N and a Nikon D810. The test was done with a model and an assistant out in the streets of Manhattan.

“My reaction when the initial images showed up on the back of my camera, was one of “wow!” writes Neil in his review. “Crisp lighting to lift my subject, and wafer-thin depth-of-field to isolate my subject from the smooth background. Just beautiful.”


Click here for the full review.

If you rather see more videos of the B2 in action, click here.

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Matt Korinek Tries Profoto HSS In Three Different Situations

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Sports Photography

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© Matt Korinek

© Matt Korinek

Being a fitness photographer, Matt Korinek sometimes needs to shoot in difficult conditions that requires shorter flash duration than the so-called x-sync, typically 1/250 of a second. He was then of course extra excited when we released HSS for his Profoto B1 Off-Camera Flash. Matt decided to try it out in three different situations. 

First off, a shoot up on the roof of a local parking garage. Matt wanted to get a good look of how the system would operate in full sun.

“As you can see, the flash makes a big difference in the scene while still keeping it realistic.”, Matt writes and compares the two images seen below.

“The Profoto HSS system was up to the task and I didn’t see any banding that you would usually see if you exceed your camera’s flash sync speed limit. The TTL system also worked as advertised and provided an acceptable exposure.”

“The biggest benefit was that I could shoot at high shutter speeds fast enough to capture action and add artificial light to give the image a more premium look.”, he continues.

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