How Many Frames? 20? Yesss!
The emcee, known far and wide as Velvett Johnson, worked the crowd up to a frenzy. The bell signifying the start of the first round sounded and the boxers came out swinging. The crowd roared! The strobes from cameras went off so fast it seemed like there were 100 photographers covering the event. But, no, there were only two photographers and 22 Profoto Pro-8a Air generators, 11 for each photographer. Later in the event two additional photographers were added without straining the capabilities of the Pro-8’s. The strobes were recycling at 10 frames per second, faster than the camera’s buffers could keep up with.
The occasion, held Thursday, February 26 at DriveIn24 studios on West 18th St. in New York City, was to celebrate photographic assistants, the hardworking force behind every successful photographer. It was also the launch of a world-wide photo contest for assistants, with $10,000 in Profoto equipment in prizes.
New York City-based shooter and top assistant Richard Marot was one of the lucky photographers to wield a camera. “I couldn’t believe the strobe was keeping up with two photographers,” exclaimed Rich, “the low power setting we were using produced such a short flash duration there was never any overlap!”
“In my work,” he continued ,”you have both the so-called decisive moment and the 10 fps frenzy of action photography. Often, however, when shooting fashion — which you think would be more precise — you suddenly want the flash to go faster. With the Pro-8, it’s cake.”
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