Profoto Tag

Tonight there will be a wonderful exposition of light shaping with the Profoto studio and field flash system - lots of their distinctive accessories to illuminate studio models and products. The staff here had a chance to see this yesterday and it was rather eye-opening.There are a lot of things that you miss when you just stack the shelves here - the peculiar and specific construction of the Profoto reflectors was one that escaped me. Oh, I knew that you could slide the reflectors fore and aft on the studio heads to narrow or widen the beam of light, but I had not realised that a great deal more was happening inside those reflectors because of the surfaces of the items.Some of the surfaces were faceted and highly polished - and the light shot out with great intensity. Some were dulled with an aluminium coating and wrinkled rather like a paint finish - in these cases the light was very much softer and wider.In all cases there was a close correlation between the surface and the final shadow intensity on...

The interesting object in the alley-way is an indispensable accessory for the modern photographer. Whether you are shooting products in the studio, political riots in the street, or ships at sea, you need this. Wedding photographers will want two*.It is a Kupo "C" stand. Made of aluminium castings, steel tubes, and the sweat of honest North Asian labour. It weighs a lot, and therein lies the charm. It is heavy-duty gear for when you need to suspend something over a set or a subject.The legs swivel out from the center column and snap-lock into position. You can position it close to a wall and still have stability out at the end of the arm. If you put the boom over the long leg you have enough stability to swing even a large flash head and softbox out there.Of course it always pays to use a counterweight at the short end of the boom, and to secure the legs with sand bags as well, Steve Sint makes a point of the safety aspects needed in the studio in his book on...

A quick note in from Saul regarding lighting:The Profoto people will be adding another controller to their system in mid-September.It will be the Air Remote TTL-N for the Profoto B1. This means the Profoto B1 will be able to do TTL with both Nikon and Canon cameras. Right now you can do this with the Air Remote TTL-C for the Canon system.It's not only for the B1 - the literature states that it will also synch and control any Profoto unit that is compatible with Air. There will be long operating range - 300 mtrs.Nikon shooters will want to try this one out as soon as they can. Mid-September....

Bag and a bar. Six bucks.Money goes to the school - digital bag goes into your camera outfit - chocolate goes to your hips.How good is that?PS: The strawberry and mint ones come in a two-pack, so you can share. As if you would...

Having occasion to shoot 18 dancers dressed in Middle eastern outfits on Tuesday at their dance studio, I opted to take along three speedlights, a background stand, and bags of  muslin drapes. I found out several things:1. The studio had far better a backdrop than I could have set up. I should have sussed it out beforehand and I could have saved carrying the kit.2. Several speedlights set to different powers and under control of the CLS system on a Nikon are capable of dramatic light ratios. 18 dancers are too many faces to try this on. Down came two of the lights and one SB 700 shot into an umbrella...

Don't say we aren't poetic around here. The sun and moon referred to in the title describes the special offer we have on right now of four single light plus reflector kits. The wonderful news is that they are Profoto kits.If you are just starting out in studio photography but wish to commence with the best - to start building up a professional lighting outfit that will not be outpaced later in your career - this is your chance. We have for Profoto D1 heads on big sturdy LS-2 light stands for your main light, and a Profoto white/gold 32" reflector for the fill. This is the reflector so inexpertly handled in yesterday's post by the old guy. It is a very good reflector...

The heading picture has been provided by the Apalling Image Institute of Aberfan. It shows a balding man boiling his brain on a city street while trying to provide fill with a reflector. He has managed to achieve lack of focus, underexposure, and a telephone pole growing out of his head. All on self timer. It is a classic of its type.You may wish to try this and to do it better. It would not be hard...

I bags being in the next photo shoot!This whole Friday morning footle came about when one of our good clients called a moment ago to pick up some rental lighting gear for a shoot in the city. I must record my admiration for his packing ability - he got more in the boot of a Holden than I could fit into a moving van. I think he will be getting some of it out with a crowbar, but that is his problem...