During my recent visit to Profoto’s Stockholm headquarters, the Swedish lighting company revealed that it is working on a smartphone camera app that will work with its B10 and B10 Plus studio lights.
The lights have Bluetooth connectivity built-in and it’s this that allows a smartphone to connect to them and take control.
Expected to be released in around a month or so, the app will be free and it will enable photographers to use the high-end flash units with their iPhone camera. An Android version is also in development.
Profoto’s B10 and B10 Plus are comparatively small studio lights with a clip-in rechargeable battery. Their size and portability, plus the fact that they can be used in TTL or manual mode has made them a popular choice amongst wedding and event photographers.
When asked what the intended use of the new app is, Profoto’s CEO Anders Hedebark said at the moment that is really unknown, but the company wanted to give owners of the lights extra functionality. He’s also keen to see how the app will be used.
One suggestion is that wedding photographers could set-up their lights and allows guests to make their own fun shots during the evening party.
Profoto App Control
Profoto’s app gives control over key aspects of the camera such as the focus point, exposure, white balance and self-timer. However, the output of any connected B10/B10 Plus lights can also be adjusted.
This means that photographers can use the lights just as they would with a regular camera.