But, I wanted to share one more. the post about one of my favorite photographers and friend, Brian Smith. Seth Chandler did a terrific job of capturing this story about Brian's experience working with Profoto's B1 Off-Camera Flash System while photographing a fire-breather.
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Whenever Pulitzer-prize winning photographer Brian Smith works with new equipment, he likes to put it to the test in the field. Recently, he tried out Profoto’s new Sony-compatible Air Remote TTL-S by photographing a fire-breather on location in the limited window of the golden hour before sunset.
“Things often work flawlessly in the studio and then you go out on location and find out what the problems are,” he notes. “Photography is easy when the stars align. The trick is to pull it together when it looks like a disaster.”
“Getting the light to 95% of what you want is one thing. That last 5% is difficult,” he explains. “The back lights create a rim. They open up details but keep the feeling that you want. They don’t overpower the scene but show it the way they eye sees it but the camera doesn’t otherwise capture.”
When shooting, Air Remote TTL-S was not only immensely useful, it was almost a life-saver.
“A big plus was the ability to change the output of the flash heads from the Air Remote instead of literally walking through the line of fire.”
“High-speed sync is great for when you want a rich, saturated background but shallow depth of field.”
“It definitely won me over. I particularly like that once you have a TTL exposure you like, you can simply switch the remote to Manual to lock in that flash output.