First Experience with the Profoto B1x

We got an exciting brief from a client a month ago. What excited us was the use of this word, intentional. It's not often we're asked to unleash our creativity. 

I pitched a look that I had not shot before and didn't have the gear on-hand to shoot. The shoot involved lots of welding and the locations were flooded with fluorescent lighting. I needed power. Not just lots of power, but lots of portable power.  

 The mood board I used to pitch the project

The mood board I used to pitch the project

I turned to ProFoto and their B1X platform. 2x 500w flashes should be enough to overpower ambient light & keep the welding from blowing out my images, right? But I went to film school, so math isn't my strong spot. Hands-on testing is the only way I can confidently walk into a shoot. I called up the guys at Signs Plus, in Bellingham, WA. We did some filming for them before and I knew they did some welding. I offered them some images for their instagram in exchange for the opportunity. 

We arrived to our test shoot and they had some aluminum pieces and steel pieces for us to photograph. The welding looks different as the gasses react with the metals to create different colours. Aluminium was up first. It was bright as hell and got me worried. 

 Welding aluminium

Welding aluminium

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It looked fantastic! The B1x was too powerful, though. I never had either the key or rim run at full power. 

We tested with the steel, and then it was on to the real job:

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