Test Profoto B1

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Some weeks ago I told you on facebook that I was one of the fortunate people on testing the demo of the new Profoto B1, and I have to say that is a crazy thing!

In appearance, they seem like the D1, but with the huge different of not having cables. Reading this it may seem not so important to you, but you must try it, it is a world apart. You just feel free.

And it is not only a matter of freedom. Not using batteries changes completely your mind when planning a photo shoot. You don’t need to worry about having an electricity outlet or bringing generators any more.

Maybe others who work with higher power won’t enjoy this advantage and they have to buy extra batteries, but in my case, the batteries withstand the whole shoot.

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About the theme, at the beginning I was going to do a simple test to try the gear, but I thought it twice and realized it would be better to see its potential in a real life situation. So I make it coincide with a shoot we were already planning, with beautiful gowns, jewelry and the glamour of the 20’s.

As you may know, after years working with natural light, a must to keep faithful to my style is to maintain the quality of the light, soft and warm as if it was natural light. I thought the D1 were already ideal for that, but being able to take down even more the diaphragm is mind blowing!

We can see that in this situation:

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At the moment of this set, the light coming in from the window was really weak, however, I wanted to have some soft light invading the scene from outside. Thanks of the possibility of taking down the power to two points, I was able to have a soft filling light and at the same time use the natural source from the window.

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An other of the key points of the B1 is the TTL function.

In other of the scenes we had to work in a narrow space. I began by taking shoots with close frames, but when I wanted to add more space to the scene I had to move the flash back and high to avoid having it inside of the frame. At this time I was testing the TTL function, so the light was adapting itself automatically each time I moved it. It would be distracting and tedious trying to mach the light quality each time manually. I felt really blessed at this moment!

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However, we can alway come back to the manual mode to have the control back, as in the previous scene.

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In relation to the modifiers I used, for the window scene I chose the umbrella XL because its enveloping effect, and a 90cm octa for the rest. It is my new favourite, you can see here why:

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Finally, in my opinion, the strong point of the B1 is outside of the studio, with the newness of working without cables and without the extra weight of generators. Besides, it helps you control the light in location in an easy and comfortable way. And thanks to the TTL function, you win power and control, therefore, you also win freedom to focus into the creative side, and this is what all this is about, don’t you think?

I hope you enjoy my experience!

I’ll leave you with some more, without me distracting!

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And my favourite:

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Photos: Alba Soler
Stylism: Silvia Soler (She is not my sister)
MUA & Hair: Nacho Sanz
Models: Vanesa Esclapez & Irene Beitia (Carmen Durán Management)
Behind the scenes pictures: Silvia Soler

P.S. As always, please excuse any errors in my english! Feel free to correct anything you want through the comments.

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