Canon Explorer of Light Tyler Stableford Uses an Excess of Speedlights To Shoot Skiers in Colorado
We’ve featured Tyler Stableford multiple times before on Fstoppers, as he seems to be one of the first to get his hands on all of the new gear before it hits the shelves. This time, he’s at it again: working with action sports athletes high in the mountains of Colorado. However…the results left me scratching my head a bit. Read
We all know that Tyler has the chops to create amazing images, but this one really had me wondering. In order to demonstrate the capability of the 600EX-RT, someone conjured up the idea to use nine of them in broad daylight (on snow, mind you) to shoot action shots. It’s not so much the fact that they’re using lights to shoot in broad daylight (which is totally normal and can create great photos) but the fact that they thought it was necessary to gang 9 speedlights together. If you’re keeping track, that’s $5400 (pre-tax) worth of speedlights plus the cost of the transmitters.
Whether or not the images themselves look like they were shot with such a complicated setup, I’ll leave you to decide, but to be honest I’m not quite seeing the benefits here, as most of the advantages of speedlights are negated by the shooting conditions.
There’s no fast recycle, seeing as how he’s shooting at full power with all of the lights, it’s not exactly a portable setup, and it’s not that simple to use. Wouldn’t you just be better off picking up an Einstein or Elinchrom setup with some Pocketwizards and a battery and having money to spare? Enough money to, perhaps, buy a couple of 600EX-RTs on top of that setup.
I could be missing something. But then again, he’s the one making the big bucks while I’m armchair quarterbacking on a Tuesday night. What do you think of this speedlight overkill? Does it convince you to pick a few of these badboys up? Or will you, like me, cling to your monolight setups and trusty PocketWizards?