Mobile photography has made huge advances in recent years. Time and again, we see great photos shot on mobile phones. We even see images #ShotOniPhone decorating large-scale advertising. The technological developments we see in smartphone cameras blow our minds each and every time. It’s not just about the phone manufacturers. It’s turning into a huge ecosystem. I’m going to break down a photo I shot recently in Lofoten, Norway, of Russell Preston Brown and explain my thoughts on the future.
Profoto has announced a new compact strobe. Designed for off-camera use, the Profoto A2 Monolight is a 100Ws strobe with a recycle time of 0.1-1.6 seconds. It’s a pretty tiny light, measuring in at 7.9cm in diameter and only 12.6cm long, meaning you can easily fit one or several of these into the lens slots of most camera bags.
The flash itself has a colour temperature of 5800K +/-100K with a t.1 flash duration of between 1/26,000 to 1/350 of a second. It also features a 2.1W modelling light at a more tungsten 3500K colour temp. As a portable strobe, it’s powered by a lithium-ion battery that promises 400 flashes on a full charge.
Profoto has announced its latest generation of flash trigger, the Connect Pro supporting TTL in Nikon, Canon, Sony, Leica and Fuji versions, as well as a non-TTL version for everybody else. Like most flash triggers, it sits in your camera’s hotshoe for easy remote control of one or multiple flashes.
Up to six groups of lights (three with TTL) can be controlled by the Connect Pro through a large and intuitive user interface display, with 100 channels available to help ensure interference-free control and no conflicts with other nearby Profoto shooters.
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In this post, we’re going to be taking a look at lighting, but keep an eye out for upcoming guides featuring Tripods, Sliders & Gimbals, and other accessories and gadgets and be sure to check out our previous guide going over the best of this year’s new Cameras and lenses.
Profoto has announced their new Profoto B10X and B10X Plus lights. Like the B10, they’re strobes, but it seems that Profoto is also targeting hybrid shooters that also create videos with this one. Profoto describes them as “multipurpose” and “built and designed to world-class standards” for both stills and video use.
The continuous light output of both models has been increased from the 2500 lumens found in the B10 to 3250 lumens – a 30% increase. And for photographers, both models offer a faster recycle time than their predecessors, too.
Profoto has updated the Profoto Camera app with a completely new design that they say was rebuilt from the ground up. Designed to allow you to shoot photos on your smartphone using Profoto lights. Available for iOS and a limited number of Android devices, it offers a lot of new features over the previous basic manual camera app, including ProfotoRAW, a new AirX Smart-TTL algorithm, more accurate white and colour balance, faster response time and more.
The new app adds support for more of Profoto’s lighting products, including the Profoto A10, B10, B10 Plus, Pro-11, C1 and C1 Plus. And while it is primarily designed for use with iPhones, it’s also compatible with select Android devices, too.
Profoto has announced that they’ve expanded their recently announced AirX Smart-TTL functionality to Android, allowing you to shoot photos using your Android smartphone with your Profoto lights. The software is currently in beta and is compatible with the Profoto A10, B10, B10 Plus, C1 and C1 Plus lights.
When it comes to smartphone compatibility, though, it’s a little bit limited at the moment, only working with a range of Samsung Android devices. But, remember this is just a beta version, so I think we can expect the functionality to expand to other devices over the coming months. Here’s a video from its initial launch for iOS.
When Profoto first announced the original $1,000 A1 speedlight, I thought they were just having a laugh. But it turns out that it wasn’t April 1st and no, they weren’t kidding. To its credit, the Profoto A1 ended up being a pretty solid speedlight. Still a little overpriced for many, but decent with the obvious perk of doubling up as a backup flash trigger for existing Profoto users.
Then they brought out the A1X and most recently the $1,100 A10. And if you didn’t think these prices were high enough already, Profoto has just announced the new Profoto OCF adapter to go with them. It’s $300. Yup. Three hundred bucks.
Profoto has now officially updated its “World’s Smallest Studio Light” (speedlight) from the A1X to the new Profoto A10. It’s essentially the same speedlight as the Profoto A1X, except that this one now has Bluetooth. So that you can… well, you can use it with your iPhone and Profoto’s recently released AirX Bluetooth protocols.
Other than that, the new Profoto A10 seems essentially identical to its predecessor and at the same $1,095 price, too. Although, the price of the A1X looks like it’s dropped $200 since the announcement, so if you’re solidly into Profoto and don’t need Bluetooth, you’re probably better going for one of those.
According to a report on Lighting Rumours, Profoto might be getting ready to announce a new A10 speedlight next week. It’s possibly a replacement model for the company’s Profoto A1X, but with added Bluetooth support. This potentially allows it to utilise the Profoto AirX functionality that Profoto released a couple of months ago for the iOS app. At the moment AirX supports Profoto B10 & B10 Plus strobes and Profoto C1 & C1 Plus LED lights.