Profoto B10 – Location Portraits

Profoto B10 Location Portraits BTS

By Esam Hassanyeh 12 September 2018.

The Profoto B10 launched today and I was lucky enough to get my hands on a couple of the new ‘pint’ sized lights before the official launch.  Working with friends at Advanced Media Dubai, they gave me a pair of B10’s to play with. My full user review of the new Profoto B10’s can be seen here Profoto B10 Review

There are a few lighting set up’s for a portrait shoot using a pair of Profoto B10’s.

I like to shoot power portraits for more senior clients. These are strong portraits, of successful people, that incorporate design elements of surrounding spaces to add some drama.

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Main light – B10, 3ft RF Octa, 1/8th cto gel. Back light – B10 with full sun gel. Shot on Canon 5d3 with 24mm f3.5L II Tilt/Shift lens

Our location was on the 92nd floor of the World Trade Centre Tower, Abu Dhabi. This large, bright, beautiful space would really test the B10’s power. John is a money manager and wanted some strong portraits for professional use.

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Canon 5d3, 24mm Tilt/Shift f3.5L II, B10, RF 3ft Octa, 1/8th cto gel as main light and B10, bare bulb, cto sun gel in background

Whilst the B10’s gave a great performance is such a huge, bright space, I felt I was a stop underpowered, as I wanted to block out more ambient light. I could have moved the 3ft Octa closer to John, but wanted to avoid CS work. A few words on the Canon 24mm f3.5L II…this beautiful lens gives such creative options for interiors, landscapes and even portraits.

For the next shot, I really liked the curving lines and shadows cast on the walls from the angled glass roof.

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Main light – B10, 3ft RF Octa, grid, 1/8th cto gel. Rim light – B10, zoom reflector, 10 deg grid

A grid on the 3ft Octa helps control the spill of light so I can keep the focus on John.

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I love the challenge of location shoots to incorporate design elements and ambient light to enhance my own lighting

I am at home in creative architectural spaces. Here, I wanted to use the snaking black pillars behind John as a strong background for the next shot.

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Main light – B10, 5ft RFI Octa, 1/8th cto gel. Back light – B10, full cto gel, bare bulb. Shot on Canon 5d3, 85mm f1.2L II

To color things up a little, I added a full sun gel on the rear B10 to give the feeling of sunset. To balance the background, I added a 1/8th cto gel to the main 5ft RFI Octa to warm John’s face a little. This is my favorite sofbox for portraits, it throws a big soft light on subjects.

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I wanted a colorful lighting tone and created a sunset feel behind John for this image

More of my photography can be seen on my website esam hassanyeh

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