Posts Tagged ‘Off-camera Flash’

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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Sign Up For a Free Webinar On How To Mix Ambient Light with Strobes on Location

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Videos

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On November 19, Profoto and photographer Jared Platt will host a free webinar on how to get a natural looking result when mixing ambient light with strobes on location.

It will take place on November 19 at 7PM CET (November 19 at 10AM Los Angeles, 1PM New York, 6PM London, 7PM Paris // November 20 at 2AM Beijing, 3AM Tokyo, 5AM Sydney).

Jared Platt will be reviewing images from various lifestyle and portrait shoots on location. The discussions will focus heavily on mixing ambient light and strobes for maximum effect with minimal effort.

Jared has also written a blog post about this. Make sure not to miss it.


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How Joe McNally Turned An Empty Room Into a Scary Halloween Fairy Tale

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Commercial Photography

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Sometimes, you just have to let your imagination run free. That’s exactly what photographer Joe McNally did for this Halloween-inspired shoot. Borned and raised on comic books and vivid imaginations of Mordor, Joe’s imagination ran all the way back to his darkest childhood fantasies.

In a recently published story on his blog, Joe McNally reveals how he turned an empty room into a scary Halloween fairy tale. With great help from a brilliant body painter, a talented hair stylist, producers and assistants, Joe turned his vision into reality.

Lighting-wise, Joe brought a bit of everything. He had three AcuteB2 battery generators, one powerful B4 battery generator and two B1 Off-Camera Flashes. He also added five SB 910 speed lights to the mix.

“Each light had a job to do, in a specific area of the photo,” Joe writes. “Then they all had to mesh into something plausible.”.

It all started with a shimmer and an idea and ended up as really amazing images.

Head over the his blog for the full story. This is too good to miss.

Pro Photo’s Profoto B1 Review: “Don’t Do Anything Until You’ve Had A Good Look at The B1.”

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Review

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Australian photography magazine Pro Photo just published a Profoto B1 review that put a smile to our faces.  

“The world’s first flash monobloc with wireless TTL exposure control adds a new level of convenience to shooting on location,” writes Pro Photo’s Paul Burrows.

His final verdict is: “If you’re thinking about buying any sort of lighting in the near future, don’t do anything until you’ve had a good look at the B1… more likely than not, it’s going to be what you’re really looking for.”

The full review is available here.

Pro Photo was also kind enough to offer a full pdf, straight from the magazine, with plenty of images. The pdf can be downloaded here, if you prefer that way of reading the review.