Behind the Scenes with the Profoto B2

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Sometimes as a photographer, I get to act like a magician.  While the photo below wasn’t the greatest “trick” I have ever created, it was fun to envision it and make it happen.  Whenever I shoot, I look for geometric shapes, lines, perspective, light, and darker backgrounds.  I like shooting against darker backgrounds so the bride’s face and dress are the brightest part of the photo and the background isn’t distracting.  If done the opposite, the background becomes blown out and can be brighter the subject.  Who wants that? Check out our behind the scenes with the Profoto B2.

When I saw this bridge at Wyndgate Golf Club in Oakland Township, I knew that I wanted to use it for several wedding portraits.  It was high noon and full sun on their wedding day – not the ideal conditions for a photographer.   See any clouds in the blue sky?  Me neither.  While the bridge and location is pretty and serene, I found the trees to be a bit to distracting.  Instead, I wanted to mute the whole image and make the bride a groom pop.  Enter: off camera flash!  Brides: if your photographer advertises that they are a “natural light” shooter, run!  That is a marketing scheme for saying they haven’t learned flash or that it is too complicated.  In my opinion, it comes down to laziness.  Flash opens up a world of artistic opportunities.

Anyway, I brought in my trusty Profoto B2 with a 30 degree grid on it.  My settings were used to cut as much of the natural light out as I needed: ISO 50, f/8, 1/2500 sec.  That allowed me to expose the lake and background as you see it.  Then, I added in the flash to illuminate the couple.  Edit out my assistant and the distracting white poles and the reflections, and within a few minutes, you have beautiful piece of art to hang on your walls.  More behind the scenes with the Profoto B2.

Behind the scenes Wedding photo on bridge Before and after wedding photo with Profoto B2

As beautiful of a photo as this is, it isn’t really that difficult to do.  With a little vision and knowledge of how the camera works with flash, you can create stunning images like this, even in midday sun.  More behind the scenes with the Profoto B2.

There are tons of reviews out there for the Profoto B1 and B2 lights.  While I am not looking to give an in-depth review, I will say, the Profoto B2 is by far one of my best purchases (next to my first full-frame camera, 70-200mm, and Sigma Art lenses) that I have made in the nine years of my wedding photography career.  It is light, portable, powerful, and dummy proof. Any idea you have that includes an off camera flash, the Profoto B2 can handle it.  Yes, the B1 has more power and is more versatile if you have two of them since there is no cord…but for the way I work I have found the B2 to do just fine.  Read on for more behind the scenes with the Profoto B2.

Thanks for reading my behind the scenes look at one of my favorite images from Jeff and Gina’s wedding.