There's a lot written all the time referencing how great equipment leads to great images, as if owning a good camera is going to make you a terrific photographer. Then, somebody always writes, "Cameras don't make pictures, photographers do!" Well, I'm a big fan of good gear, especially lighting. I know that great equipment doesn't make great artists. However, I do know that terrific images are a mix of ingredients, starting with the skill set of the artist and ending with things like the quality of light, efficiency and flexibility of the gear and so on.
That's exactly what Profoto set out to do when they launched the B1 Off-Camera Flash System last year and then followed it up with the B2 System at WPPI this past March. In fact scroll through the posts and videos here in the Profoto Showcase and you'll meet some of the very finest artists in our industry all talking about Profoto gear, especially the B2 system.
I've shared a few posts about our good friend, Sherry Hagerman. Her image above won first place in the Chicago Marie Antoinette photo shoot! There were a lot of talented artists in this shootout, all great at their craft. However, the image that won, was Sherry's and two Profoto B2 Off-Camera Flashes contributed to the outcome.
I've had the four images in this post on my desktop for several weeks, waiting until the winner was announced, whoever it was going to be, so I could share them. I remember Sherry asking me for advice on which image she should submit and me writing back, "I'm the worst person in the world to ask on stuff like this!" She laughed and then made her decision, obviously one the judges loved.
Check out more of Sherry's work on her website at Allusion Photography. Then, swing by Profoto and catch the latest in great gear and terrific content on their blog.
What I love most about them as a company though, is they never slow down. There are more accessories being added all the time and more educational content to their site and blog. Best of all there's a never-ending commitment to helping photographers raise the bar on the quality of their work.