For the last year I’ve been looking at and researching into a compact, but powerful, lighting kit that would enable me to shoot portraits, cable free, on location with only battery power to worry about. After much deliberation I decided to opt for the Profoto B1 Air TTL location kit. The kit included a pair of B1 heads with internal batteries, along with both a mains and car charger and a padded carry-bag.
I can honestly say these 500w heads are everything I’d hoped they’d be, portable, powerful, reliable and very straight forward to use. They offer TTL and High Speed Sync (HSS) options along with an air remote device, which once attached to your cameras hot shoe, allows the device to integrate the Profoto heads with your camera. Each head is powered by its own battery which will give you over 200 flashes at full power, more than I’ve needed to date, however I will be buying more spare batteries simply to keep some charged during a shoot.
At the time of purchase Profoto were also throwing in a free collapsible beauty dish, which is a great piece of kit to use, especially with portraits. I decided to buy a umbrella diffuser to use alongside an existing interfit umbrella in my current kit, and I soon found I was good to go on my first portrait job with them.
To date I’ve shot 4-5 portraits jobs using these heads and I really can’t fault them, they’re amazing. Below are a couple of images taken from some recent portrait jobs with the B1’s. I’m still tinkering with the HSS, but I can already see how this will become a great feature to create some interesting effects. I’m looking forward to playing more and more with these lights and posting more work taken with them.