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Posted 05/25/21
Join Peter Hurley in his photo studio as he shows you how to light a headshot using speedlights and strobes. Do you have a preference for speedlights or strobes? Tell us about your own lighting setup in the Comments, below. Want to learn more from Peter Hurley? Watch the rest of the episodes in this series: Part 1: Natural & Continuous Lighting for Headshots Part 3: Directing & Posing for Headshots Part 4: Camera Gear & Settings for Headshots Part 5: Post Shoot Workflow for Headshots
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Posted 05/21/21
Professional photographer Tony Gale shares his portrait photography tips for lighting a backdrop, from a bright white background to one with bold, saturated colors. What are your takeaways from this tutorial? Let us know in the Comments section, below.
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Posted 02/24/21
Profoto has unveiled the Pro-11 2400 AirTTL Power Pack, adding AirX connectivity as well as a variety of internal and external design upgrades to its flagship power pack. A familiar sight on fashion, action, and high-speed photo sets, Profoto’s power packs have earned their namesake, providing dependable, top-tier performance on some of the most demanding jobs in the photo industry. Capable of firing as fast as 1/80,000 second, the Pro-11 is equipped to capture even the most elusive subjects with ease. The addition of AirX functionality not only opens the door to wireless communication with AirX-enabled devices, but also simplifies firmware updates, making it easier than ever to ensure your gear is working at the highest possible level. What's New? AirX Compatibility Adding AirX Bluetooth functionality places the Pro-11 in the company of Profoto’s most technologically advanced lighting tools and “future-proofs” its operation. The AirX App can be used to adjust settings using mobile devices from a distance of up to 100 feet Firmware updates can now be performed without needing to go through the hassle of a USB interface Joins A10 and B10 strobes to form the basis of an AirX ecosystem AirX supports all legacy Air and AirTTL equipped devices Redesigned Exterior The Pro-11 maintains a familiar design while implementing a number of tweaks to streamline workflow on set. Bolder, brighter, easier-to-read typeface on the LCD for monitoring settings Improved buttons in line with Profoto’s latest light models Minor changes to user interface for adjusting settings New sound cues Upgraded Interior A number of tweaks under the hood have been added to the Pro-11 to improve safety and performance, including: Protective earth is now separated between flash circuits and logic to reduce the risk of exploding flash tubes Creepage distances between high-voltage circuits and protective earth are increased to reduce risk of short circuit from internal condensation Dump circuit redesign New panel, flash, and power circuit boards Taking the Best from the Pro-10 The Pro-11 shares many of the features that have made its predecessor a rental-house favorite, including its 2-outlet, 2400Ws design, 0.02-0.7s recycle times, and 11-stop power range in 1/10-stop increments. Capable of quick bursts up to 50 flashes per second, the Pro-11 can handle even the fastest subjects with ease. In addition to its built-in wireless capabilities, the Pro-11 also features a ¼" sync socket and USB port. For continuous applications, it can provide a maximum power of 2 x 500W. A fan is incorporated into its build for cooling. Profoto Ecosystem The Profoto name has become synonymous with the highest-quality lighting tools available to professional photographers. The Pro-11 is compatible with multiple heads and more than 120 light-shaping tools capable of producing nearly any lighting setup you can imagine. By leveraging the power of AirX, AirTTL, and Air technologies, the Pro-11 can be seamlessly integrated into existing Profoto lighting kits, adding a boost of power and the latest technology to personal and rental kits alike. Have you used Profoto’s power packs on set? Share your experiences and thoughts on the company's latest flagship in the Comments section, below!
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Posted 12/14/20
Westcott has just added two new lights to its FJ Wireless Flash System: the FJ80 Universal Touchscreen 80Ws Speedlight and the FJ200 200Ws Strobe. As the latest additions to the FJ lineup, both lights are designed to maximize compatibility across camera brands. The FJ80 can sit atop virtually any camera while the FJ200 works in tandem with the FJ80 or FJ-X2m Universal Wireless Trigger to achieve camera-specific TTL and sync functionalities. Westcott FJ80 Universal Flash and FJ200 Strobe The FJ80 features a user-friendly color touchscreen LCD for quick and intuitive control, as well as a rounded head to produce natural-looking light and falloff. It can fire up to 1/10000s, sync up to 1/8000s, and discharge at up to 20 fps when shooting continuously. It is compatible with the TTL and sync modes of Canon, Nikon, Sony (with adapter), FUJIFILM, Panasonic, and Olympus cameras. A built-in transceiver frees it from the top of your camera, expanding creative shooting options. The FJ80 can trigger FJ400, FJ200, FJ80, and Canon RT lights from up to 328' away and can be used with 31 groups and 16 channels. It is firmware updatable, keeping it future-proof, and a mobile app is in development for early 2021. The FJ80 has a lithium polymer battery that lasts for about 400 full-power flashes and takes about 2 hours to recharge from empty. A magnetic diffusion dome and magnetic grid and gel pack are available separately to refine the FJ80's output. Additionally, the FJ80 will also be available in a 2-Light Portable Portrait Kit, where it is bundled with the FJ400. The FJ200 serves as a compact wireless strobe perfectly positioned between the FJ80 and FJ400. This sleek 200Ws strobe features an impressive 0.5-1.3s recycle time, so you never miss a moment. The FJ200 is compatible with sync and TTL modes across brands when used with the FJ80 or FJ-X2M trigger. Like the FJ80, the FJ200 can shoot up to 20 fps and sync up to 1/8000s. In Freeze Mode, the FJ200 can fire up to 1/20000s. A 5600K LED modeling light is built in to help shot setups and a bright, color LCD panel makes it easy to keep track of settings from a distance. The FJ200 also has a built-in lithium polymer battery capable of 450 or more full-power flashes between charges. It comes with a reflector, grid, and gels so you can take it out of the box straight to set for use. You can also pick up a separately available snoot with honeycomb grid or diffusion dome for even more creative possibilities. What do you think of Westcott's latest lights? Share your thoughts in the Comments section, below.
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Posted 06/03/20
Profoto has announced a set of updated light-shaping tools for use with its B10, B10 Plus, and B1X off-camera flashes. The new drop includes barndoors, a snoot, three grids, and 12 gels. Most of the new modifiers are compatible with one another, so you can get exactly the effect that you want out of your flash. The OCF II Barndoors can be freely rotated and individually adjusted for controlling spill. They feature a rubber collar mount combined with a metal clasp for secure attachment to any Profoto OCF flash. A magnetic mount makes it easy to attach OCF II gels for additional effects. A soft bag is included for safe transport. OCF II Barndoors For photographers looking for precise, directed light, the OCF II Snoot shapes your flash’s output into a clean, circular source. Like the barndoors, it attaches via a rubber collar mount and metal clasp and is also compatible with the OCF II Grid and Gel Holder. Its malleable construction makes it easy to fold up for convenient carry in an included soft bag. OCF II Snoot The new OCF II Grid and Gel Kit provides a variety of ways to modify your flash’s light creatively. In addition to an OCF II Grid and Gel Holder, it includes a 20-degree grid, as well as full and half CTO gels for matching your environment’s light. It is compatible with all of the other new tools and includes a soft carry bag.   OCF II Grid & Gel kit You can expand your grid collection by grabbing individually available 10-, 20-, or 30-degree grids for use with the holder. Twelve types of gels are also available individually, including: Full CTO, Half CTO, Quarter CTO, Quarter CTB, Half Plus Green, Rose Pink, Scarlet, Light Lavender, Blue, Yellow, Peacock Blue, and Jade. Have a favorite gel that isn’t available? The OCF II Gel Ring can accommodate any gel cut to size and used with the grid and gel holder. OCF II Grids (10°, 20°, 30°) Which new modifier will you use with your Profoto  off-camera flash? Let us know in the Comments section, below!
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Posted 09/18/19
The new C1 Plus from Profoto is a high-quality, handheld flash and continuous light unit that syncs perfectly with your smartphone. We took it out for a test run in the streets of New York City to see how this light performs. We also take a quick look at the Profoto C1. Both models work with your smartphone and are great for photographers and content creators looking for easy-to-use portable lighting solutions. Learn more about the Profoto C1 and C1 Plus.
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Posted 03/14/19
Join photographer Brian Smith as he shares five tips for making the most out of a location portrait shoot. From engaging subjects to choosing locations, utilizing technology and managing light, Smith’s advice will have your portraits looking better in no time. Be sure to drop by BandH.com for more videos, informational articles, and more.
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Posted 02/20/19
Pye Jirsa, co-founder of SLR Lounge, has teamed up with B&H to provide you with some tips and techniques for photographing weddings. Jirsa reviews lighting setups, working with subjects, and how to capture different angles of the same scene. If you want to learn even more, you should check out BandH.com, where we have numerous other informational videos.
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Posted 10/30/18
Boo! In this video, photographer David Flores shares with you eight different tips for capturing scary pictures. This includes manipulating light based on the mood, how light painting can augment your photos, making in-camera multiple exposures, and a bit about costumes. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide selection of other instructional and informative videos at BandH.com.
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Posted 08/23/18
In this video, photographer David Flores highlights why using a dedicated light meter will yield better results than you’d get from your camera’s built-in light meter. Handheld light meters are fast, can read exposure with flash, and are often programmable, giving you the ability to actualize the image that’s in your head more accurately. Check it out!
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