Review: The Profoto A1 is a Simple and Naturally Beautiful Flash

We all know and love the legendary lighting manufacturer that is Profoto. For decades, they have produced and supported the most durable, powerful, and consistent lighting equipment for professional photographers around the world. In recent years, they have pushed the lighting industry forward with the introduction of the B1 and B2 and their OCF system. These new lights have changed the way photographers work by allowing for unheard of flexibility and mobility. Ever the innovator, Profoto just gave us something we’ve always wanted, but never thought to ask for. Profoto just announced the A1, an on-camera flash, with full
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Profoto A1: Profoto’s First On-Camera Flash, World’s Smallest Studio Light

Profoto has just announced the A1, the lighting brand’s first-ever on-camera flash. It’s also what the company calls “the world’s smallest studio light.” “Our focus with the A1 was to create a flash that delivers a truly high quality of light, which is why it features a round head which delivers light that’s both natural and beautiful with a pleasing soft-smooth fall-off, that blends seamlessly with the ambient light,” Profoto says. The A1 features both a flash and an LED modeling light. The flash can be fired at full power 350 times on one Li-ion battery charge, which
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Lighting Black Faces: Mic Interviews ‘Insecure’ Director of Photography Ava Berkofsky

Lighting Black Faces: Mic Interviews 'Insecure' Director of Photography Ava Berkofsky Any photographer who has photographed or recorded multiple skin tones on film will know that lighting suitable for one skin type won't always work for another. Exposing for a dark skin tone may blow out a lighter skinned companion, and lighting for a pale skin tone may leave a darker skinned person in the shadows. So how do you properly light dark skin? Xavier Harding recently interviewed Ava Berkofsky, HBO's director of photography for the show "Insecure," for Mic to find out what her techniques are for lighting the show's black actors. [ Read More ]

Should Your Next Light Be an LED or a Strobe?

Should Your Next Light Be an LED or a Strobe? For anyone beginning to delve into the art of using off camera lighting, it can be a bit daunting to decide where to start in acquiring new lighting equipment. Here is a great guide to the pros and cons of LED and strobe lighting so that you’ll be able to make the right choice for your next acquisition. [ Read More ]

A Look at How HBO’s ‘Insecure’ Lights Black Actors so Well

Here’s a 2-minute video that offers a look at how the HBO series ‘Insecure’ makes its black actors look so good on camera. What is it that makes everyone “pop” so much on screen? “When I was in film school, no one ever talked about lighting nonwhite people,” Insecure’s Director of Photography, Ava Berkofsky, tells Mic. “There are all these general rules about lighting people of color, like throw green light or amber light at them. It’s weird. “The way I approach dark skin tone technically is all about the skin [being] reflective. I make sure the make-up artist uses
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First Look at the New Profoto A1 Flash

First Look at the New Profoto A1 Flash I’ve been a Profoto user for quite a while now, loving my B1s and B2s for wedding photography, and my D1s for studio photography. I’m a huge fan of off-camera flash, especially when it can be easily manipulated into looking like natural light when I need it to. After all, that’s what 99 percent of my wedding clients want: natural light and a golden-hour glow regardless if it’s raining or we’re shooting in noon-day sun. What I’ve been missing, however, is the portability of a small flash, and being able to use it on camera. [ Read More ]

KOBRA is a New Flash Modifier Hoping to Make a Splash in a Crowded Market

The KOBRA is a new flash modifier that’s hoping to be a “game-changer” in an already crowded market. The brainchild of photographer Paul McKelvey, the KOBRA has just been launched on Kickstarter. McKelvey was frustrated with the results of what’s currently on the market, so he created the KOBRA to “paint with light, not spray.” It took 26 different 3D printed prototypes, but McKelvey and his accomplice Brian Hayes, a 3D designer, have finally come up with their flash modifier design. “The KOBRA was made to give photographers an effective flash modifier solution that is lightweight, flexible and with
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Profoto Brings Air Remote TTL and HHS to Fujifilm Cameras

Profoto has just announced the new Air Remote TTL-F. Fujifilm photographers will now be able to benefit from TTL (Through The Lens) and HSS (High-Speed Sync) capabilities with a number of Profoto flashes. Profoto’s B1X, b1, B2, D2, and Pro-10 lights will work with the remote, which is a small wireless radio transmitter that can be attached to a Fujifilm camera’s hot shoe. “Together with Fujifilm, we are proud to announce our latest family member – the Air Remote TTL-F. Light is the essence of every image and the Profoto AirTTL makes light shaping easier,” said Anders Hedebark, President of
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How to Use a Bathroom as a Softbox For Beautifully Lit Portraits

Need to take portraits and don’t have access to a lighting kit? No worries – this 4-minute video from Jay P. Morgan of The Slanted Lens will show you how you can turn a bathroom – or any room for that matter – into a softbox to create beautiful soft light. As Morgan explains, a softbox is essentially just a way to diffuse light coming through a controlled opening in order to reduce harsh shadowing. A typical softbox would be attached to a powered light source, but a window opening can do the job in a pinch. Morgan sets up
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Firefighter Photoshoot BTS: “Can We Use Real Fire?”

Firefighter Photoshoot BTS: “Can We Use Real Fire?” Every year for the past few years, I’ve donated photo work to a local organization that puts on a half marathon in coordination with the local firefighters union chapter to raise money for local charities. Last year, I ended up doing a relatively simple shoot with just some firefighters and a ring light. This year, I wanted something different. And so, quickly and repeatedly, the question became, “Can we use real fire?” [ Read More ]

Multi-Million Dollar Shootout and How I Created the Winning Photo

Multi-Million Dollar Shootout and How I Created the Winning Photo A few weeks ago, I came across a post on social media from the Jônt about a shoot out contest inside a staged multi-million dollar estate which peaked my interest. Reading more about the shootout, it would be geared toward several different genres of photographers, as they would have vendors on site providing food, drinks, cars, and models at our disposal for the shoot out. First, you had to submit your info along with your portfolio to be one of the selected photographers to join the contest, I figured I would go ahead and throw my name into the hat Continue reading "Multi-Million Dollar Shootout and How I Created the Winning Photo"

How to Add Creative Lighting to Plain Backdrops Using a DIY Cucoloris

This short 2-minute video from photographer Svitlana Vronska demonstrates some clever lighting tricks you can use to add some creative flair to your images with an otherwise uninteresting backdrop. The budget setup makes use of lighting gear, some black and white board from a dollar store, and an X-Acto knife to create some interesting shadow patterns.
Svitlana mimics light flowing through blinds by cutting strips out of the board and positioning it in front of her lighting setup, allowing shadows to be cast across her model. This type of device is called a cucoloris. Even if you don’t have a
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