Profoto is a brand synonymous with quality, precision and class. Needless to say, the models I was going to test drive this light on had to come from similar elk. I chose a black Rolls-Royce Wraith Black Badge, with high gloss black body panels and brushed steel and titanium on the hood and grill. The other models were a red Aston Martin Vanquish S and two McLarens.
As a shoot like this yields approximately 500 images per car, I needed the light source to be reliable, the white balance to be constant, recycling times to be fast and no overheating of the flash head. The Profoto A1 passed with flying colours – even after 1500 photos on a single charge of the battery.
In fact, I had so much fun that (only after I reluctantly returned the Profoto A1) I realised that I had been using it in manual mode and that I never even tried TTL. I am looking forward to test that in a future shoot.