Fighter Jet Photography
Photographer Yuri Arcurs wanted to shoot a fighter jet, but this posed many unique problems. The biggest problem was the speed, this particular fighter jet can fly up to 750kmh (466mph). So how do you freeze a fighter jet in midair? Flash, and a lot of it, approximately 30,000W. To give you an idea of how strong this is, normally in the studio you shoot around 300-500W, so this would be about 100 times stronger than a studio lighting set up. When you’re shooting this much power at once you can actually feel the heat from the lights.
All of the lights are going to be aimed at a specific point in the planes trajectory. The high speed of the plane makes it extremely difficult to frame, but there’s also another problem. Yuri’s Digital Medium Format Hassleblad can only take photos 1 second at a time, so he only has one chance to capture the perfect photo every time the plane passes. Watch the video below to see how he overcame these problems, and how he captured the perfect shot.
Yuri Arcurs Shoots 30000W Flash and Lights up a Fighter Jet Video
As photographers we’re always faced with problems, especially when trying new things. Whats one problem you faced and overcame on a shoot? Let us know in the comments!