Using Profoto gear on photo shoots and events
When I first started moving beyond just using a speedlight, towards off-camera flash and studio level lighting gear, I had a few detours via other brands like Quantum flashes and Lumadyne, but decided at some point to buy into the renowned Profoto brand. My first serious flash unit was the Profoto AcuteB 600R which I eventually upgraded to the Profoto B1 when that was released. From there on I stayed with Profoto via the Profoto B10 and Profoto A1 flash.
If I had to make the decision all over again, having the money to spend again, I would do so again in a heart-beat. I love the ease of use of Profoto gear. I love the aesthetics of the brand. I love the reliability of the gear. And on the few occasions I have had something that needed repair, the Profoto team was responsive. In the 20+ years I have worked as a professional photographer, selecting Profoto lighting gear was one of the best decisions I made in terms of photography equipment.
I am (an obvious) fan of Profoto lighting gear. There’s just something about the sleek elegance of the equipment, and of course the ease of operation and unfussy reliability. They make me look good when shooting gigs. I also use Profoto gear in my studio, which is available as a rental photography study in NJ.
There are numerous articles on the Tangents blog, describing how Profoto gear was used on various photo shoots, and with weddings. The articles have all kinds of info and tips on lighting, and using the gear, but also on posing, and the flow of shooting events and photo sessions.
My reviews of Profoto lighting gear:
- review: Profoto B10 flash
- Profoto B10 review: Comparing the power of the Profoto B10
- review: Profoto A1 flash
- High-speed flash sync (HSS) with the Profoto B1 flash
- review: Profoto B1 flash
Check out that complete list of articles on this website where I describe using Profoto gear.
Here are a few of the tastier ones:
Profoto: How to use gridded strip boxes as the main light
environmental portraits – speedway racer
wedding photography – big bounce flash
using the Profoto B1 flash at a wedding
controlling off-camera flash for impact – gridded stripbox / softbox
photo session – Modern Gypsies – golden birds
studio photography – my favorite light modifier: the 5′ Octa Softbox
photographing a vintage motorbike on location, with Profoto lighting
Dramatic studio lighting with the Profoto Spot Small
3 Comments, Add Your Own
1Steve S says
Neil, How many lights sources are needed for a portrait/fashion studio setup. For the light sources what mix of B10’s vs A1X’s do you recommend? Thanks.
2Neil vN says
Hi there Steve
For a fashion setup in the studio, you would need two lights at a minimum, in my opinion.
One main light, and then another either for fill, or for rim light, or to light the background.
That would leave you slightly vulnerable in having no backup, and no further flexibility. Still, I think a two-light setup could work very well if your initial budget is limited. Then a B10 and a A1x could be a good starting point.
3Hendrik van der Merwe says
I used to start off with elinchrom and did not know about Profoto until a friend started to work at the then distribution company at the time. I bought D1’s and a lot of Creative Light shapers. I used to photograph many pageant events and many other photographers helped and used the lights. They just lasted and lasted and is still lasting. Later I got a B1 and B2. The B2 is working very well at golf days outdoors and small events. I still need to invest into the B10 range but the lights are extremely expensive in South Africa.