6 Simple Ways to Shape Your Profoto B2’s Light into Something Totally Different

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in News

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You probably already know about the brand new, super portable Profoto B2. But do you know how easy it is to shape its light into something totally different? Here is how. 

We’ve said it before – to shoot with the new Profoto B2 is to shoot with all options at hand. It can be used on or off-camera. It can be carried around or mounted on a stand and synced and controlled wirelessly.

Or, and here is where the real beauty is, it works with more than 150 Light Shaping Tools, allowing you to shape its already beautiful light into almost any light you can imagine.

In this article we will focus on the new OCF Light Shaping Tools. Scroll down to see how the Profoto B2’s light changes dramatically by simply adding an OCF Light Shaping Tool.

Swipe to the left to see an image shot with (in most cases) a bare-headed Profoto B2. Swipe to the right to see it shot with the OCF Light Shaping Tool in question.

Of, with no further ado, here are six simple ways to shape your Profoto B2’s light into something totally different! Enjoy!

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6 Things You Need to Know About the B2 Off-Camera Flash

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in News

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On March 2, 2015, the new Profoto B2 Off-Camera Flash was released. You probably already know that the B2 is the B1’s smaller, more portable sibling. But what else should you know? Here are six must-know facts.

To shoot with the B2 Off-Camera Flash is to shoot with all options at hand. Use it on or off-camera. Use just the B2 or several Profoto Off-Camera Flashes at once. Shoot in TTL Mode or shoot in Manual Mode. Choose from more than 150 Light Shaping Tools and explore light shaping.

In other words, you got a lot of options. Having options is good. But it can be a bit bewildering at first.

So, to help you get started, here are the first six things you need to know about the B2 Off-Camera Flash.

And don’t forget to check out our nifty swipeable images!

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You Know the B1. Now Meet the Profoto B2. And the Rest of the Family.

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in News

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You know the B1 – the off-camera flash that has been called “game changer” more times than we can count. Today, we present the next step in that evolution. Meet the new Profoto Off-Camera Flash system and the new Profoto B2.

The new Profoto Off-Camera Flash system is designed for fast and easy on-location photography. Everything included in the system is small and lightweight. Everything is easy to use.

The most attention-grabbing item in the system is probably the new Profoto B2. The Profoto B2 is a lighter, more portable counterpart to the B1. The Profoto B2 consists of a battery pack and a head. The battery pack can be put on the shoulder or hip, while the head is small and light enough to be mounted onto a monopod or a bracket on the camera. This will allow the photographer to stay moving. If that is not necessary, both the pack and head can be put on a stand and the Profoto B2 can be wirelessly controlled from the camera. This makes the Profoto B2 the world’s first off-camera flash that can be used both on and off-camera.

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Come Meet Us and Our Friends at WPPI

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in News

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Just a few days left until WPPI kicks off. Will you be there? We will. And so will some of the biggest names in the industry.

The first WPPI convention and trade show took place in 1980. Since then, it has grown to become one of the largest events in the evergrowing, ever-evolving wedding photography industry. This year’s event is looking more exciting than ever.

Will you be there? If so, you should definitely stop by the Profoto booth. We’re in booth #611. Come say hello, try our latest and greatest products, and hear some of the industry’s most renowned photographers share their knowledge.

You will find the full schedule of speakers below.

See you there?

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Profoto HSS. It Is Here. Start Using It Today.

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Up until now, HSS solutions have been either consistent but lacking in speed and power, or fast and powerful but inconsistent. Today, we release Profoto HSS – a new solution that has all of the benefits and none of the limitations.

High-Speed Sync (HSS) is the technical term for syncing flash with shutter speeds shorter than the so-called x-sync, typically 1/250 of a second. It is a useful tool for controlling ambient light and for freezing action. But there used to be limitations.

Current solutions for speedlights give you a fairly even exposure. But it does so at the expense of speed and power. Previous solutions for larger flashes were faster and more powerful. But the exposure could differ as much as 2 f-stops in a single shot.

Profoto’s new solution for the B1 Off-Camera Flash has all of the benefits and none of the limitations. The B1 itself is about ten times as powerful as the average speedlight and fast enough to keep up with your camera. With the new Profoto HSS upgrade installed, you switch to HSS Mode with a simple button-press. You will then be able to shoot at shutter as fast as 1/8000 of a second.

But it does not stop there. Profoto HSS is a unique, patent-pending technology, providing an extremely fast series of flash pulses. What this means in practice is that you get an extremely consistent exposure with no measurable variation over the image.

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