Jared Platt is a photographer, lecturer, educator, writer, and imaging consultant based in Phoenix, Arizona. On a recent jaunt to South Mountain – the regional Mecca of mountain biking located in the Phoenix Reserve, Jared took Profoto’s new B2 Off-Camera Flash for a real-world test drive.
The lighting at the location was as expected – bright, sunny and harsh. This meant the B2’s 250 Ws of powerful would be put to good use. As everybody was getting to the location by bike, the B2’s compact size and light weight was also a huge help.
To paraphrase Jared, “One of the crazy things about the B2 is that we were able to fit a 250ws flash pack, an Umbrella Deep Silver S, and a collapsible monopod into a small backpack designed to carry a camera and lens. The entire lighting system fit into a backpack… it weighed maybe a little over 7lbs!”
Platt chose the silver umbrella specifically for its reflective quality. “If you bury the head deep inside you can get close to an extra stop out of it,” he says. “And even if you don’t need the extra stop, because you’re putting less of a strain on the battery you gain extra battery life.”