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How to Shoot Golden Hour Portraits with No Sun (and a Powerful Flash)

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What happens if your portrait clients request golden hour lighting… outside of golden hour? That’s the situation photographer Pye Jirsa of Lin & Jirsa Photography found himself in recently while shooting a wedding. As you can see in the 4.5-minute video above, Jirsa was able to deliver by using creative lighting, a powerful flash, and a couple of colored gels.

The team “recreated the Sun” by placing a Profoto B1 flash several hundred feet behind the subjects, on the horizon line where the Sun would be during a real golden hour. This allows the light to shine through and hit all the objects in the scene, just like the real Sun would.

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Two full CTO orange gels were also held in front of the flash to create a warm light that looks like sunlight.

Here are two of the faux golden hour photos that resulted:

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You can find more lighting inspiration and examples over on the Profoto website.


Image credits: Video, still frames, and photographs by Lin & Jirsa Photography and courtesy Profoto

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