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.


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.



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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