Pye Jirsa of Lin & Jersa Photography is back again with another great tip on how to make fantastic images in less than stellar light. Pye explained in his last video how to create golden hour without the sun, and in this new video, he shows how to take an awesome "hero shot" in harsh sunlight using a single strobe (and an elephant, but let's focus on the light here). Oftentimes, photographers are doing whatever we can to soften our light. We use softboxes and umbrellas, we bounce the light or use a fill card, we wait for the oh-so-luscious golden hour, but there are definitely times when harsh lighting can give you the exact result you want. To make this awesome shot, Pye simply had an assistant blast a Profoto B1 at full power from just outside the frame, providing definition and separation of the subject from the background (yeah I know, he also had an elephant, you're on your own looking for one of those).
The shot is technically simple, but being able to see the photo in your head, then make it happen in real life, is the real skill here. Knowing how light works, how to craft it, and how to bring it all together on the fly, is what separates the good from the great.
[image used with permission from Lin & Jirsa Photography]
[Via SLR Lounge]