It's another day in Puerto Rico and another photography shootout. Last week, we asked you which photo was better, but today, we take you behind the scenes and reveal the winning images. This is a battle for the photography blogs!
A few days ago, Pye Jirsa from Lin and Jirsa Weddings and SLR Lounge came down to Puerto Rico to visit for his birthday. Little did he know that this day would also mark the day SLR Lounge and Fstoppers would go head to head in an epic shoot-off!
As the reigning three-time champion of this series, I decided we should take to the historic streets of Old San Juan and allow each photographer to explore everything this colonial town has to offer. Would these two wedding photographers be forced to take the best bridal image? No, I had much more interesting plans than that.
Both photographers could only use the gear supplied in a single roller bag I packed from the studio, and they had to photograph one of the most interesting-looking models I have found in Puerto Rico: Yuanilie Alvarado. The "editorial/fashion" theme was lightly suggested, but they could do anything they really wanted. In the end, only two photos would be selected to go head to head, and the Fstoppers community would decide the winner.
Both Shoot Proof and Profoto helped sponsor this video. If you've never heard of Shoot Proof, they provide an all-in--one, one-stop shop marketing platform for photographers. They have combined everything a photographer would need to run a business and put it all in one place. So, if you need a quick way to make invoices, send out client proofing galleries, sign contracts, automate fine art prints, build a mobile site for your clients, or a host of other services, definitely give them a look. They offer a free 14-day trial period, and you can also use the discount code "fstoppers" to save 20% on your first purchase.
Of course, most photographers are familiar with Profoto and their line of high-end studio flashes. I've outlined all the gear below that I packed into the mysterious roller bag that was used on this shoot. If you want the simplest, most beautifully designed and reliable flashes on the market, Profoto has always been the leader in flash photography.
Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Zoom Lens
Profoto B10 portable flash (2)
Profoto Air Remote TTL (for Sony)
Profoto Zoom Reflector (1)
Profoto 20 degree Honeycomb Grid (1)
Profoto OCF Color Gel Kit
Profoto 3' Octa Softbox
Profoto Speed Ring
Think Tank Airport Security Roller Bag
Below are the before and after images from both photographers.
I found it interesting that both photographers wound up with two images that had very similar color palettes despite all the wild colors found in downtown Old San Juan. After all the votes were submitted and tallied, it is with great pleasure to announce Pye Jirsa as the final winner of this contest! For me, it was fun to be behind the camera and document this shootout, but I've heard Pye is already asking to take me on in the next challenge, maybe even in his home turf of Los Angeles. I look forward to that day, hopefully sooner than later.
These shootout videos are an absolute blast, and I'm excited to continue this series as we bring new photographers into the mix. If you haven't already, make sure you subscribe to our channel if you want to see more content like this. Also, feel free to leave your thoughts on this challenge in the comments below and also feel free to give us new ideas for both challengers and themes for these shoots.