Creating dramatic studio lighting with Profoto A2 flashes
Profoto has created an entire system of portable lighting with accessories around their Profoto A2 flash (B&H / Amazon). I had the rare opportunity to connect again with one of my favorite models, Erin Leigh Pribyl, for a photo session in my studio. Even in this short video clip, you’ll get a sense of her personality. With this, I wanted to create dramatic portrait lighting with a hint of the old Hollywood Glamor lighting, but with color instead of B&W. In this video is a glimpse of how I built up 4 flashes around her to create dramatic studio lighting, with two Profoto A2 flashes and two Profoto A10 flashes (B&H / Amazon).
Of course I could replicate this with the larger Profoto flashes in the studio, but using the smaller, light-weight Profoto A2 flashes (B&H / Amazon) and Clic System meant that I would be able to do this on location as well. The four flashes and various Clic accessories fit in that camera bag that I show there in this video.
Camera settings and camera gear used for this sequence of photos
- 1/250 @ f/6.3 @ 125 ISO
- Profoto A2 flash (B&H / Amazon)
- Profoto A10 flash (B&H / Amazon)
- Profoto 2ft Clic Octabox (B&H / Amazon)
- Profoto 2.7 ft Clic Octabox (B&H / Amazon)
- Profoto Clic Barndoors (B&H / Amazon)
- Clic Creative Gel kit (B&H / Amazon)
The Clic system and the flashes are a nice, thorough and portable system, which will see a lot of use.
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- review: Profoto B10 flash