FAQ

Profoto A1

Can I use the A1 to control my other Profoto lights?
Yes, the A1 has a built-in Air Remote that can control Profoto Air lights up to 300 m (1000 ft.). 

How do I adjust light exposure when shooting in TTL?
It is easy to fine tune exposure to your preferences by using the dial on the A1. You can adjust up to +/- 3 f-stop. Just make sure none of the groups are selected. You can also use the flash exposure compensation in the camera to achieve the same result. 

How do I use the A1 as an off-camera light?
Enable ‘Air’ on the menu and select same channel on both the transmitting and receiving units and you are ready to shoot off-camera. 

How do I work with High-Speed Sync (HSS) on my Canon camera?
Go to the settings menu, select ‘SYNC’ and then activate ‘Hi-S’. You can now select any shutter speed on the camera and use flash. 

How do I work with High-Speed Sync (HSS) on my Nikon camera?
In the camera, select ‘Auto FP’ and you are ready to use any shutter speed on the camera. 

Can I use the modeling light on the A1 for video and still images?
The modeling light is mainly designed as a modeling light when using flash but can also be used for video and as a light source for still images. For the best results, go to settings, set ‘MODEL’ to ‘MAX’ and set ‘ZOOM’ to full wide. 

Can I travel by air with A1 and its batteries?
Yes. Our Li-ion batteries are UN-certified, so you can take them on a plane, no matter what your destination. All the documentation you need can be found here: Air Travel with Li-Ion Battery for A1.

Can I combine the different A1 light modifiers?
Yes, since they are magnetic, you can stack different A1 modifiers together. When using Soft Bounce, make sure that you fit additional modifiers on top on Soft Bounce and not under it. This will ensure the best fit for the Soft Bounce.

How do I best create large, soft lighting with A1?
The easiest way is to use umbrellas to create soft lighting. Use a stand adapter with hot shoe connection and umbrella mount. You can also use Profoto RFi Speedlight Speedring together with the full range of RFi Softboxes. 

Can I use A1 off-camera with Sony, Olympus or Fujifilm?
Yes, with any Profoto Air Remote TTL on your camera, the Profoto A1 operates with full functionality off-camera, just like any other Profoto Air lights. 

Can I switch language on my Profoto A1?
The language for all Profoto’s products is English and unfortunately this cannot be changed.

What’s the difference between freeze and HSS?
You can either “freeze” motion with the flash duration (i.e. Freeze) or the cameras shutter speed (HSS).

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