It's not uncommon for couples to request that their wedding portraits be taken during golden hour, the time when the setting sun is low in the sky, casting a beautiful orange, golden glow across the land. However, wedding days are unpredictable, the day doesn't always go according to the planned schedule and can often run behind. So what do you do when its time to shoot the wedding portraits but the sun has already moved past its magical position in the sky? Check out this video from photographer Pye Jirsa of Lin & Jirsa Photography, where he explains how to recreate Golden hour without the sun and using a powerful flash.
In the video, you can tell that the sun is just about to go down, it is already below the horizon line and the last remnants of its glow can be seen in the sky. Jirsa recreates the sun by placing a Profoto B1 flash, several hundred feet behind the couple and just about on the horizon line where the sun would be. The assistant held two full OTC orange gels in front of the flash to give it that orange glow that the sun makes. When the flash goes off, it shines through the shot and hits many objects as the sun would. Check out the examples below.
The results are pretty amazing. While the Profoto B1 isn't exactly the most affordable flash on the market, these images certainly show how having a high quality, powerful strobe that you can trigger from a distance can really help influence your creativity. If your interested in seeing more examples of off camera flash, check out the Profoto website or head over to the Lin & Jirsa Photography website. You can also check out their workshop, Lighting 201 | Single Source Off-Camera Light Shaping.
[images used with permission from Lin & Jirsa Photography]