Three Ways To Use The Profoto C1 Plus - Shapers Of Light

Three Ways To Use The Profoto C1 Plus

Three Ways To Use The Profoto C1 Plus

photograph of profoto c1 plus light

 

Introducing the C1 Plus

Photographers Molly Baber and Kristina Babak experimented with the C1 Plus in the studio to explore the possibilities of this small hand held light. Our aim was to see if we could emulate the look of studio lights with a smaller light source and smartphones. We had fun creating three different looks with the help of the accessories and modifiers. Keep reading to see what we did!

Method 1

 

Photo by Kristina Babak

Equipment:

iPhone + Profoto Camera app

1x C1 Plus + Rose Pink Clic Gel + Clic Grid

1x C1 Plus + Yellow Clic Gel + Peacock Blue Clic Gel + Self-made diffusion

1x C1 Plus + Clic Dome

With this image I tried to create a mystical garden still life image. Using colour gels to add an uncanny element to the picture. I used a green gel to excentuate on the existing green tones, making them look rather unnatural and giving the soil a rather poisonous look. I used the pink gel, to break up the greens and placed it in a way that it would only hit parts of the plants.

 

Behind The Scenes

How I Got The Shot

Step 1: I placed the still life on a clear plastic sheet to be able to light it from underneath. I started with a C1 Plus + Clic Dome to get an even distributed light. I wanted to create the effect of an other worldly light source coming from the underneath.

Step 2: Next I added a C1 Plus with a blue + yellow Clic Gel to achieve the green colour and then added a piece of sheer white paper to defuse the light. I cut wholes in the paper to have more control over how much light was getting through. The light I placed on a tripod when I was happy with it’s placement.

Step 3: The last step was adding the pink light source. I used a C1 Plus with a Rose Pink Clic Gel and Clic Grid for this. The grid helping me to focus the light and directing it more easily. The idea was to only add a streak of light rather than casting a pink tone over the entire scene.

Method 2

 

still life photograph by molly baber of head candle grapes
Photo by Molly Baber

Equipment:

Canon 6D + 50mm 1.8 lens + Profoto Connect trigger

1x C1 Plus + Clic Dome (overhead light)

1x C1 Plus + Yellow Clic Gel (side light)

My aim was to create a Vanitas inspired still life photograph. To achieve this I knew I needed some dramatic and dark lighting to give a moody feel to the image.

I collected some household objects such as the candle, little antique silver pot and grapes, as well as Ken – the fabulous lighting test model used at Profoto.

 

 

behind the scenes image of profoto c1plus still life photography
Behind The Scenes

How I Got The Shot

Step 1: C1 Plus + Clic Dome, overhead. Each small movement of the light made such a difference, so it took careful placement to light both the backdrop and the subjects, ensuring Ken’s eyes were lit and the shadows were in the right places.

Step 2: C1 Plus + Yellow Clic Gel, camera left. I loved how easily the gels attached to the light; they literally do just click straight on with magnets. I wanted the yellow fill light to resemble candle light (ideally I would have also lit the candle in the shot!). At first the yellow was overpowering and too green, but with the Profoto Camera app I was able to lower the power and change the colour temperature to give a nice subtle warm highlight on the objects.

 

Method 3

 

Photo by Kristina Babak

Equipment:

iPhone + Profoto Camera app

1x C1 Plus + Clic Dome

This image was inspired by a girls night out and the resulting midnight snack. To achieve this late night feeling, I chose to give it that “on camera flash” feeling, using only one light source pointed directly at the subject.

How I Got The Shot

Step one: At first I made sure to choose the right colour temperature of the light, I wanted to give it that white flashy feeling without loosing the warmth of the yellow tones. After I was happy with the balance of the colours I focused on my framing. I framed the t-shirt close enough to make it act as a plain background, then I placed the hands and the fries infront.

Step two: Next I turned the C1 Plus to continuous light to direct where the light was hitting the subject and where the shadows would fall. I wanted short shadows that would add to the aesthetics of the image while not taking overpowering it. It took a few tries (with the loss of some fries) before getting all the elements right.

 

Read more about the C1 Plus

The C1 Plus is a powerful wireless smartphone flash that gives over 2000 flashes at full power for over 40 minutes per charge. Connected to the Profoto Camera app on your phone, you can trigger the flash with every shot, and also have control over the power intensity and colour temperature of the light (between 3000-6500k). The C1 Plus is a compact hand held flash with handy elements, such as the ability to attach to a tripod. If smartphone photography isn’t your thing, you can also use your DSLR camera with a Profoto transmitter. If you want to get super creative, there are fun and easy to use accessories and modifiers such as the Clic Dome (which works as a mini softbox), Clic Grid & Clic Creative Gels. For more creative lighting effects you can sync up to three flashes to one device.

Links to all the Profoto C1 products used:

 

 

 

Profoto C1 Plus              Clic Grid                Clic Gel Kit               Clic Dome 

 

 

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