For me, shooting portraits on-location is always a balance between time and flexibility, do I have time for advanced setups or do I want to be able to adjust on the fly to get more variety out of my session.
Often I chose the quickest and most flexible setup, and nothing is more easy to adjust and adapt than lighting with two large umbrellas. If you work indoors and have a large enough room, that is.
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I am not a wedding photographer, but I have helped a few friends with portraits from their big days from time to time. My latest example is from a wedding in Stockholm near the lake Mälaren where they had a ceremony at their house and we decided to take the arranged photos near the water.
They were really lucky with the weather, and I was lucky that I had brought a big light to compete with that sun on a nearly cloudless sky. It has been quite windy lately in Stockholm, and working without an assistant, travelling light, using a beauty dish and a heavy lighting stand is the best combination trying to reduce the risk of expensive equipment falling and breaking.
One light on a sunny day…
I have been looking for a way to fit most of the camera and lighting equipment that I need for standard photo shoots on-location. It can be everything from editorial portraits, to staff portraits and other things that would benefit from me bringing my own light instead of depending fully on the weather or indoor lighting.
After having used a Kata backpack that was large enough to fit two Profoto B1’s and a camera, but not so much else, I found the F-stop Satori EXP, their biggest photo backpack so far (an even bigger, mostly for film crews, is coming later this spring, and might be even better for me).
Closest to a perfect photo backpack so far…
I was contacted by Profoto offering me a chance to try out the new Profoto B2, a battery-powered flash, the very much improved successor to my old AcuteB 600R but maybe more of an alternative or companion to Profoto B1.
With the Profoto B1 they started their expansion into a segment they call Off Camera Flash (OCF), that has mostly been dominated by speedlights and the Elinchrom Quadra or Ranger (I have used speedlights a lot but never Quadra or Ranger).
This is not a review in so many technical terms, more a walkthrough of an even more portable way of always having good lighting with you as a photographer like me (a lot of portraits, on-location or in the studio) without having to break your back.
Read the full review (with test images) here…