The Pho­tog­ra­pher’s Mail guide to stu­dio essen­tials

The Pro­foto fam­ily

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Pro­foto is renowned for its qual­ity of light, dura­bil­ity, re­li­a­bil­ity, and hav­ing the short­est flash du­ra­tion of any man­u­fac­turer. This is why it is the most rented light in the world. The stylish and unique de­sign al­lows pho­tog­ra­phers greater abil­ity to shape light. With the Pro­foto sys­tem, the light shapers at­tach around the flash heads with a rub­ber col­lar (rather than metal fit­ting next to glass on the front). This de­sign means that from one re­flec­tor you can cre­ate many dif­fer­ent qual­i­ties of light. Every­thing is de­signed to be for­wards and back­wards com­pat­i­ble, elim­i­nat­ing the con­cern over gear be­com­ing out­dated. There is a range of packs and mono­head op­tions avail­able, mean­ing you can de­velop and grow your kit as and where you need. The Pro­foto Air sys­tem al­lows you to con­trol and trig­ger lights from your cam­era, while the B1s with the TTL re­mote (avail­able for both Canon and Nikon) give you the abil­ity to use TTL or man­ual modes.

Pro-8A 2400

Boast­ing ex­tremely fast re­cy­cling, ac­tion-freez­ing flash du­ra­tion, and un­par­al­leled re­li­a­bil­ity and colour sta­bil­ity, the Pro-8 stu­dio gen­er­a­tor will never fail to pro­vide the light that you need.


The fastest, tough­est, and most pre­cise bat­tery gen­er­a­tor on the mar­ket, pro­vid­ing stu­dio per­for­mance on lo­ca­tion.

D1 Air 500 mono­light

Boasts a gen­er­ous seven f-stop power range, ac­tion-stop­ping short flash du­ra­tions, and colour sta­bil­ity com­pa­ra­ble with that of a high-end stu­dio gen­er­a­tor.

B1 off-cam­era flash

Makes great light easy with TTL, al­low­ing light to be set in a flash. The bat­tery power and cord­less func­tions mean you can take it any­where, with the power, speed, and light-shap­ing pos­si­bil­i­ties that Pro­foto lights are known for.

Um­brella (white, XL)

Pro­foto um­brel­las are not just av­er­age um­brel­las; avail­able in 12 ver­sions, and made with high­qual­ity fab­rics and sur­face-treated metal­lic el­e­ments, they pro­vide a su­pe­rior light, and will last for years to come.

Gi­ant Sil­ver 150 re­flec­tor

Avail­able in a range of sizes and pro­vides a beau­ti­ful, even light with dis­tinct high­lights and soft shad­ows over a very large area.

Mag­num re­flec­tor

In­creases the out­put by one f-stop com­pared to the stan­dard zoom re­flec­tor, but does so with­out ex­ces­sively fo­cus­ing the light beam.

White Soft­light re­flec­tor

Cre­ates an even, flat­ter­ing light with crisp def­i­ni­tion and con­trast. Avail­able in both sil­ver and white ver­sions.

FLM car­bon-fi­bre tri­pod

Fea­tur­ing high-qual­ity car­bon pipes for the tri­pod leg struc­ture, ex­tremely stable con­nec­tions and op­ti­mized con­trol el­e­ments.

FLM CB-48 FTR ball head

Pro­fes­sional tri­pod head with ad­justable fric­tion and panoramic base, and patented tilt func­tion, en­sur­ing the ball can move only in one level, ac­cord­ing to a two-way tilt unit.

Col­lapsi­ble re­flec­tor

The sturdy-yet-col­lapsi­ble metal frame is equipped with two er­gonom­i­cally shaped han­dles, which makes the re­flec­tors far eas­ier to fold and hold in var­i­ous po­si­tions — avail­able in 10 dif­fer­ent ver­sions.

RFi soft boxes

Avail­able in all sizes and shapes, th­ese soft boxes have a deeper shape, a re­cessed front, dou­ble-lay­ered dif­fusers, and a highly re­flec­tive sil­ver in­te­rior. The op­tional speed-ring adap­tors make them com­pat­i­ble with well over 20 dif­fer­ent flash brands.

White Stu­dios, Pro­foto’s lo­cal dis­trib­u­tor, has a wide range avail­able for sale and rental. The stu­dio says it un­der­stands how im­por­tant it is to have ro­bust and re­li­able equip­ment, and even prom­ises — should cus­tomers have an is­sue with their equip­ment — to loan out its own gear while the cus­tomer’s is be­ing as­sessed. The com­pany backs the sys­tem com­pletely, say­ing once you try this sys­tem, you will not want to use any other. The stu­dio also of­fers a large range of grips and stands. For a free demo of the full Pro­foto range, visit whites­tu­

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