happy2010 wrote in post #18540184
You have so many good lighting manufacturers & products to choose from.
Only YOU can decide what is best for you & your applications. It is an individual value-equation.
---Agreed - other people's experience also helps to assess the viability of any given direction.
The Profoto B1 & B1X are: real time-savers, time-savers, time-savers; YES time-savers!!!
[note: as are any similar featured products from other manufacturers such as Godox, etc.
(Jason Lanier wedding beach shoot with an Adorama/Flashpoint RL600B: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zf_XPZnvXk
29:49 minute video)]
---Agreed - a main criterion for me.
I opted & purchased Profoto products about a decade ago, for their consistent quality of light, durability & availability.
After almost a decade of use I have never had a problem – that piece of mind & durable reliability is worth a lot to me and the all important trust it provides my clients & subjects, particularly for wedding applications.
--Agreed - have been using Elinchrom for around 2 years now. Excellent quality - just fed-up with the setup times and the 'bulk'.
Also, remember: today everyone is a “photographer” (whatever that means nowadays), so most importantly invest in your most critical asset - YOU!
(which will withstand the test of time), as well as investing in your gear.
Equipment certainly helps, but your skill is the true market-differentiator…
Jerry Ghionis Photography Training [JGPT]: https://www.ghionis.com/
-which in 2018 merges Ghionis’s previous Ice Society, etc. into this.
this maybe a valuable resource for concepts of:
(2:13:51 minute video)
-eliciting client Emotion in images (the secret ingredient!! i.e. emotion trumps technical in an image)
Ghionis, one of the many real masters in the photography industry. A true “photographer”.
---Agreed & Guilty - I too fall into the 'wannabe Tog' category. I have an idea of the kind of lighting effects I want to specialise in but am without that level of skill.
Regarding equipment - I prefer to start where I want to end. That is why I prefer quality rather than quantity.
With “less is more” as a guiding principle.
---Agreed with one caveat - I experimented with a really cheap 3-light chinese-made system back in 2010. Using this kit allowed me to experiment and learn the basics/fundamentals.
Also, it allowed me to undertake Product Photography projects for numerous clients - back then. Now I am used to using quality products - alas this is 'costly' but necessary!
Here is a suggestion for a great versatile, portable location-lightstand that will nicely support Profoto B1/B1X’s…
Matthews REVERSE STAND:https://www.bhphotovideo.com ...7486_Reverse_Stand_7.html
-a good balance of strength & also compactness.
(I tried but don’t like the Profoto 8ft lightstands – too wimpy; while marginally ok, they don’t feel strong enough. Just one opinion).
---Thank you - that is a great tip.
Obviously as you know, for large group portraits, or receptions etc., with any light you will need say 10ft, or 12ft lightstands, to avoid shadows on adjacent subjects/persons faces, etc.
Your selections of a Canon 5D mkIV, with 24-70 f2.8L mkII (& maybe a future 70-200 f2.8L IS mkII) and Profoto B1X combined with disciplined experience of practice, practice & practice, can position yourself well and create potentially stunning, memorable images.
---Portraits & 'glamour' have been my focus - more often as an Assistant/Helper for getting the lights setup perfectly. Just want to break-out and embark on my own journey now.
Luckily I have effectively avoided both Wedding & Reception photography. Just want a stream-lined kit that offers me the versatility & capability of fulfilling my requirements.
Believe in yourself (& equipment choices) looking forward, not backwards…
Good luck on your exciting & unfolding photography adventure – HAPPY shooting!
Hope this may help you.
---Much appreciated advice Mary. Thank you so much for going to the trouble of including these useful Links - I will go through them all.
Just one view…
In a studio setting, the Profoto (B1, B1X, D1, or D2) with the frosted-glass dome accessory (on say a beauty dish, or larger octabox, etc.) does help improve the light coverage. However, in a dynamic environment such as wedding applications (both inside & outside; formal’s, reception, or candid’s) - the techie side of you, nor your clients will never notice.
The Profoto’s monolight’s hallmark flat-front surface style enables you to “GET-IN and GET-OUT”, when time is of the essence, without having to fuss or worry about breaking equipment or exposed glass-elements. It is quite practical, for real-life dynamic applications, or adverse situations.
---Agreed - the modifiers will be decisive. I will try and get to a lighting store here in London to demo some of the options.
I am not too bothered about the 'brand' here - just need them to work effectively. I like the results created using the snoot & grid combination. Will also look into this 'globe'.
Regarding your concern about potential air-travel...
While everyone has to determine a system which works best for them & their applications, over the years, I have found for occasional air-travel destination-wedding applications (with respect & compliance for seemingly ever-changing airlines carry-on guidelines):
I utilize the following equipment configuration…
CARRY-ON “PERSONAL ITEM”- [holds 2 Profoto B1’s]
---Yep, the Profoto website indicates that the to-go kit backpack is small enough to be taken as carry-on = Ideal for me.
Profoto Bag S (aka formerly Double Case):https://www.bhphotovideo.com ...o_330211_Double_Case.html
weight: 2 lbs (907 grams)
with a Think Tank Photo Low-Rider Strap:https://www.bhphotovideo.com ..._265_low_rider_strap.htmlhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3h45W43bDUE
(2:05 minute product video)
Instead of something like the
Profoto Bag M (Location Kit/Backpack):https://www.bhphotovideo.com ...23_backpack_m_for_b1.html
weight: 5.7lbs (2.6 kg)
CARRY-ON “LUGGAGE”- [holds cameras, lenses & speedlights, etc.]
Depending on the photo-gig, either:
Think Tank Photo Airport Security:https://www.bhphotovideo.com ..._security_v3_0_carry.html
Think Tank Photo Airport International:https://www.bhphotovideo.com ...rnational_v3_0_carry.html
Lightstands in one "Checked" luggage with clothes.
(Also, for caution, I take a list of the nearest local photography rental-shops contact-information, should my checked luggage go missing).