Joe McNally Teaches You The Basics of Lighting

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Profoto B1 500 TTL product images (8 of 9)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 4.5

TTL lighting can either be one of the simplest or most difficult lighting modes to work with. It stands for Through the Lens Metering, and photographer Joe McNally is teaming up with Profoto to explain it to you in the video after the jump along with other things like lighting ratios and high speed sync.

TTL works by working with the camera’s metering–specifically with the aperture and the ISO since they directly affect the way the light is rendered in the scene. He also evangelizes the Profoto Air system, which we have to admit is very good. What you may not know is how the pre-flash works in TTL communication.

The other videos explain lighting ratios and how they work. This is more complicated and involves using more than one light source–they’re best done manually to ensure that you get exactly what you want but Profoto and other systems let you set lights up in ratios. Beyond that, they also talk about High Speed Sync, which involves shooting with a faster shutter speed than the camera typically allows to kill more ambient lighting. If you can’t shoot with high speed sync with your flash (not be confused with flash duration), many photographers have used ND filters to get the same effect.

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High Speed Sync on the Profoto B1 Can be Pretty Amazing

Screenshot taken from the video

Screenshot taken from the video

High speed sync is really, really amazing. It’s something that you can do with speedlights, and now it’s also possible with monolights: specifically with the Profoto B1 AirTTL–which received an Editor’s Choice award from us.

In one of their latest blog posts, they feature photographer Little Shao, who used the feature down in Cuba and Trinidad. High speed sync enables your camera to do a sort of overclocking–basically it lets you shoot at a faster shutter speed than is normally possible due to the way that focal plane shutters work. What enables you to do is kill more ambient lighting in your image. For years though, many photographers using a monolight would need to use an ND filter.

The video featuring Little Shao is truly inspiring not necessarily for the product (which is super cool) but for the beautiful work that he does. Check it out after the jump. But also be sure to check out our guide to overpowering the sun.

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First Impressions: Profoto B1 500 AirTTL and Air Remote TTL-C

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Profoto B1 500 TTL product images (1 of 9)ISO 4001-100 sec at f - 5.6

What more could a photographer ask for than TTL communication between your camera and your monolight? Though many of us have been lighting the old fashioned way (with a hand held light meter and measuring tools) there are times that I’m positive that all of us have wanted TTL at some point or another. Today, Profoto has announced their brand new B1 500 AirTTL Monolight along with a new commander coined the Air Remote TTL-C. As is evident from the name, it is currently only available for Canon DSLRs.

We had the opportunity to play with a pre-production unit over the past weekend and so far, it seems like a big win-win situation for all. Wedding photographers, portrait strobists, and others may really get a kick out of what this light can do. And at $2,000 per head, it may even save them money without the need of buying battery packs and all.

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Profoto’s New B1 500 AirTTL Is a Monolight with TTL Transmission

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Profoto B1 500 TTL product images (4 of 9)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 4.5

Hey strobists–game over now. Today, Profoto is announcing a jaw dropping new product in the lighting world. Meet the Profoto B1 Air TTL: a studio light and radio flash transmitter combination that that read your camera’s ISO and aperture settings and adjust the monolight accordingly–just like speedlights. It’s called the B1 500 AirTTL, and at the moment it will only work with Canon DSLRs, though the company is promising a Nikon version in 2014. It uses a new Air remote called the Air TTL-C, which works with your Canon DSLR’s metering system and can allow you to manually control the light or use TTL.

The remote will be sold separately from the light so you can use it if you want to. Considering that this B1 is 500 watt seconds, you know that it will be packing more power than five speedlights. The light can be controlled in tenths of stops over a 9 stop power range. It also sports a quick burst feature to let a photographer fire 20 bursts if they want.

Tech specs are after the jump. Who knows, they could have started to make the handheld light meter obsolete. Both products are available today.

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