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Photographer Lights Photo with 300 Flashes and Sets World Record

What you see in this photograph is the most flashes ever used to light a single photograph. Photographer Jason Groupp synced and fired a whopping 300 flashes at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center this past weekend to set the record, which was confirmed and made official by Guinness World Records. Unlike other world records, this one doesn’t seem very difficult to break — all you need is some technical know-how, a lot of time, and extremely deep pockets.

Most Flashes Used to Make a Photograph (via PhotoComment)


Image credit: Photograph by Jason Groupp


 
  • Andrew Kreps

    Wow. That’s a really boring photo.

  • http://www.facebook.com/greenpictures Maarten in ‘t Groen

    Is that the picture in question? Sorry to say but I would have done something… how shall I say it, more interesting with the bulk of flashes.

    I can remember some city-scape picture illuminated by a lot of people with flashes and a very long exposure, that is creativity! This is just a waste of money.

    [edit]

    Found it:

    http://www.petapixel.com/2010/10/26/holy-toledo-spanish-city-light-painted-by-50-photographers-and-3000-flashes

    300 flashes, how about 3000?

  • http://www.photoblog.com/bergur Bergur

    The guy on the far left had a flash in his pocket and holds the unofficial record for most flashes in a single photo.

  • Yermom

    You take the time to assemble & sync 300 flashes and the best picture you come up with is sitting around in front of some windows? Lame.

    Maybe the next world record breaker will spend as much time thinking about the final image as they do the technical set up. :P

  • Anonymous

    I’m sure Mr. McNally’s got a thing or two to say about this. ;-)

  • Gtr8062e

    300 flashes just to light your back? that’s so freaking boring and lacking originality. syncing 300 flashes is relatively easy, even if costly. not worthy of a record for this.

  • Francis

    Seriously, duh. You have another story ON YOUR WEBSITE showing that to be completely incorrect. Perhaps Guinness should take a look at your other much more interesting and ACTUAL world record story??

    http://www.petapixel.com/2010/10/26/holy-toledo-spanish-city-light-painted-by-50-photographers-and-3000-flashes/

    On top of that, it has been done by RIT students with hundreds of other people all at the same time at The Alamo in San Antonio, at The Rochester Public Library in Rochester, NY, yada yada yada……

    Hello? We have an opening for fact checker. Bueller? Bueller?

  • Anonymous

    call me crazy, but unless you can move each one of those lights indepentantly of each other, then it would appear to me that he merely used 4 lights for this photo.

    Now if he would have lined up 300 flash units along the hallway of the building, then it might be impressive. (not really, but much more impressive than what is displayed here.)

    I would be willing to bet that one of the olympic shooters during the opening ceremonies of the games has a long shutter shot of the stadium where a coupla 100,000 or so strobes are going off from other cameras while the shutter is open.

  • Anonymous

    call me crazy, but unless you can move each one of those lights indepentantly of each other, then it would appear to me that he merely used 4 lights for this photo.

    Now if he would have lined up 300 flash units along the hallway of the building, then it might be impressive. (not really, but much more impressive than what is displayed here.)

    I would be willing to bet that one of the olympic shooters during the opening ceremonies of the games has a long shutter shot of the stadium where a coupla 100,000 or so strobes are going off from other cameras while the shutter is open.

  • http://twitter.com/whitehotphoenix White Hot Phoenix

    What a douchebag.

  • Todd5557

    I wouldn’t say he’s lighting anything except the lens. Lack of creativity for sure…

  • Louis

    Mr Joe McNally did something way more interesting with 120 flash heads. See this

    http://www.joemcnally.com/blog/2008/04/15/hold-the-phone/

  • The Corey

    Not that interesting, sure.  Now how many people commenting  have broken a world record? Go out and make it better.

  • Anonymous

    In this weeks episode of TWiP Jason Groupp was co-host: http://www.thisweekinphoto.com/twip-201-flashpoint/

    He explains that he wanted to do something more creative with the lights but that Guinnes World Records required all the flashes to be directly captured in the image.

  • Digiman

     Holy S !!! I can not believe all of the negative comments. 
    The 3000 flashes did not all fire at once by the way. 

    I would like to see all of the people who left negative comments step up and beat this record… and do it creatively… Cut me a break….