Profoto B1 Off-Camera Flash Test Shoot | San Diego Professional Portrait Photography

Profoto B1 Off-Camera Flash Test Shoot | San Diego Professional Portrait Photography

I had the opportunity to test out a pair of the brand new & back-ordered Profoto B1 Off-Camera Flashes. The Profoto B1 is bigger than a speedlight and smaller than a monolight. The Profoto B1 offers 500 watts per second power, TTL for Canon shooters and an exchangeable high capacity battery that is integrated with the flash. I was able to shoot with the pair of Profoto B1s for a full day, so I took advantage of the small but powerful size and pushed the limits a little bit.

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ProfotoB1 kit

I liked how easily the pair of Profoto B1 Off-Camera Flashes fit right into the backpack with some other accessories like chargers, batteries and remote triggers.

The first setup with the B1s was shooting a moving motorcycle on a deserted road in San Diego. I ended setting up the lights in a way to cross light the motorcycle as it came down the road. Luckily it was a little bit overcast when we started shooting.

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Since it started to get way to bright we went into the alleys of Ocean Beach to stay within the shade.  Here we mounted both B1s in the back of a pickup truck driving in front of the beach cruiser.

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Image credit to Sean Diaz

 

I waited for sunset to nail this shot, I just needed enough time to swim out into Mission Bay to setup properly.

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I first tested this lighting setup on the beach to dial in the proper exposure and flash power combination.  I really didn’t want to mess too much with flash power and moving around the B1s while being chest deep in the bay, holding my camera.

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At the time of this shot I didn’t have any modifier for the B1, so I used a white trash bag on the main light and a full CTB on the back light.

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My last shot with the B1s was this self portrait that I setup at my studio.  I used a reflective umbrella for my main light (camera left) and a full CTO on my rim light just to mix it up a bit.  Please let me know if you have any questions about my experience with the Profoto B1 Off-Camera Flashes.

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