I Stand Corrected.

Okay, so maybe on-camera flash is cool sometimes, too. Check out this video by the Japanese (of course) band Androp, for Bright Siren. Hit the jump for the BTS video, to see how it was done.

Two hundred fifty Canon 60Ds makes for a pretty cool arduino-addessable Light Bright, no?

Hypernova's 10 FPS Profoto Flash-lit Music Video
World Record Small Flash Shot by Jason Group

(Thanks to Matt for the tip!)


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Blogger Shedluv said...

Joe McNally says, "pffft, that's not that many flashes".

July 27, 2011 4:58 PM  
Blogger Clement said...

Wow David you'll have to teach us how you can mount a flash on a camera though... I guess you'd have to gaffer tape a flash to the pocket wizard on the camera... and then you tape another PW as a receiver... unless... wow I don't know!

July 27, 2011 5:00 PM  
Blogger bradmagnus said...

My favorite parts are where they used the actual images from the cameras to fly around behind the band! I've never seen anything like that before, totally awesome!

July 27, 2011 5:15 PM  
Blogger Jore said...

Those 60Ds seem to be pretty costly flash stands ... or did they actually capture any images? (-:

July 27, 2011 5:23 PM  
Blogger Eric Duminil said...


Yes you have.

July 27, 2011 6:12 PM  
Blogger brett maxwell said...

At first I thought it was just a dumb gimmick, I mean you don't need cameras to have flashing lights behind a band. It all became much cooler when I realized they actually used the images from the cameras (2:58).

July 27, 2011 6:27 PM  
Blogger didymus said...

...too funny Clement!

July 27, 2011 7:00 PM  
Blogger kelvinc said...

what's that thingamajig they use to control the flashes? so cool!

July 27, 2011 7:36 PM  
Blogger kelvinc said...

what's that thingamajig used to control the flashes???

July 27, 2011 7:36 PM  
Blogger Drew said...

I was wondering what the cameras were for, too.
And—I don't mean to be negative—the animation bits using the cameras weren't that spesh. It was no 'Matrix' shot.
Good ad for Canon though…

July 27, 2011 9:18 PM  
Blogger James M said...

if you go here you can see the still pic's from the music video

July 27, 2011 9:48 PM  
Blogger Jim said...


I can't tell you how timely your post is. I just bought 250 Canon 60D's and flashes and had no idea what to do with them. This is so cool! Thank you!

July 27, 2011 9:54 PM  
Blogger Ken said...

Joe McNally has been Pwnedddddddddd!

Don't think he's even used that many before and he'd have to use lousy Nikon ones and do it in i-TTL ;-)

July 27, 2011 9:58 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

This is so cool. SEIZURE Precaution please.

July 27, 2011 10:03 PM  
Blogger michael said...

A good case to never buy used Canon Speedlights.

July 27, 2011 10:36 PM  
Blogger michael said...

I'll NEVER buy used Canon Speedlights after seeing that.

July 27, 2011 10:38 PM  
Blogger Banegool said...

I hope Canon gave them a volume discount.

July 27, 2011 10:44 PM  
OpenID Mark said...

canon marketing material.

the best part for me is at around 3:20 plus where the frame is madeup of multiple clips with the strobes lining up to form a bigger backdrop.

I wonder where will those bodies go to... unfortunately not resold with their shutter actuation counts reset back to zero :(

July 27, 2011 11:55 PM  
Blogger Brad Tollefson said...

Along the same lines with the Matrix and this video, there was a surfing boardshort promo shot with the same effect.

Feature Edit:

Behind the Scenes:

July 28, 2011 12:33 AM  
Blogger swaz said...

Anyone else notice that there weren't actually 250 D60's?? Loads of film cameras in there! Not to take away from what they did..

July 28, 2011 4:16 AM  
Blogger Benjamin Geiger said...

So, how did they get the flashes to fire 24 times a second? I imagine they're firing at dang near zero power, but still.

They need a disclaimer: "No Speedlites were harmed during the making of this video."

July 28, 2011 5:05 AM  
Blogger michael said...

Has anyone noticed, that they seem to use only a few Canon DSLR and Strobes?

Have a closer look if they show the masses of equipment on the floor, there seem to be all kind of cameras an flashes used in that video, even old analog bodies.

If this is Canon marketing material, they should not use the complete video...

July 28, 2011 7:51 AM  
Blogger ESARI said...

Any Nikon representative seeing this ? couple the Nikon SJ-1 Color Filter set and some speedlights, i think they you can do some pretty amazing stuff too, and also invite David and Joe on stage and that would be awesome!

July 28, 2011 9:15 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Not to burst anyone's bubble, but I have to put this in because no one has mentioned this yet:

There are no speedlights firing in the video (except for in the bullet time sequence).

Those are LEDs mounted to the front of the flash heads, with wires snaking back to the power/controler. If you watch the video full screen at 1080, it becomes pretty evident. There's no cost-effective way they could take those 1980's film cameras and flashguns and make them do what the video shows. Also, the video of them unpacking rows of LEDs and the nice icy blue color of the light wall is a bit of a hint.

July 28, 2011 10:37 AM  
Blogger Brian Hursey said...

So what does this do to that world record that world record was 229 flashes this was 250..


July 28, 2011 12:23 PM  
Blogger Richard Kimbrough Photography said...

I think they could have used just a hint of on axis fill in there ;)

Some of the comments here had me rolling. You have some funny followers Mr. Strobist.

July 28, 2011 1:48 PM  
Blogger Jo_L. said...

Thanks for the share. This is probably one of the coolest things you could do with that many flashes. Although to me, it looked like the camera bodies (aside from being triggers) were mainly used to keep the flashes in an upright position.

Hmm, I wonder if Canon would be willing to include these mini flash stands for free when you buy a Speedlite from them. :-)

July 28, 2011 3:32 PM  
Blogger Brian Hursey said...

@chris did you even go to their site and look at the pictures? The speed lights are definitely firing.. If you ever take a picture with a flash you will actually notice that color matches the speed lights also if you look at the video you will notice some of the color across the flashes does not match that is most likely because looks like they were using some 285hv's They are probably firing them at 1/128 or 1/64 power-levels..

They LED's look like a test bed for the designe of the sequince and testing the system .

I wonder what dave thinks about how they did it..

July 28, 2011 3:42 PM  
OpenID modifiedphoto said...

Sweet overkill! I think the freeze-frame action from behind the band could have been done better but pretty interesting use of a huge amount of camera equipment.

July 28, 2011 3:43 PM  
Blogger Doug Sundseth said...

Kind of an expensive way to build a 250px monochrome monitor. Nice and bright, though.

Now, if they had put three cameras at each photosite* and gelled one red, one green, and one blue ....


* Not precisely the usual usage of "photosite", but there you go.

July 28, 2011 5:47 PM  
OpenID flowstatephoto said...

I think it's fair to say that the LEDs were firing for the background lightshow. The 60Ds with their strobes fired for the 'matrix pans'. They don't have to be from the same take either. A music video isn't necessarily a single rehearsal by a band.

July 28, 2011 8:55 PM  
Blogger gretsch said...

Awesome idea and well executed! Yeah, they aren't strobes, and yeah they only used the D60s for the Matrix-style pans (btw notice on the pans that the drummer has chucked his sticks on one, on another there are playing cards flying around, etc. so obv. done after the main LED show).

But still friggin' cool. Am I the first to say the song is pretty awesome too? Google translate battled though ;-)

July 29, 2011 3:18 AM  
Blogger Alex Gowers said...

It's pretty easy to see they are not 60Ds, most look like old film cameras anyways, i bet they got all the proper cameras they could then just snatched a load of cheap 2nd hand ones to fill in, you can also see the flashes are all different makes aswell.

And for all the people in cloud cuckoland those pics from behind are a setup shot seperate from the large flash setup. If you've never see that before you must be living in a hole, the matrix, bullet time + every film since then has used this technique. You can see the camera is in an arc not a straight line, and if you ask me is very poorly done considering how well it's been done on a similar small budget.

July 29, 2011 6:23 AM  
Blogger Per Rutquist said...

FAKE. If you look at the video frame-by-frame, the flash pops last two frames, or about 1/30 s. A real flash duration is faster than 1/1000 s. (Maybe 1/200 if you use slow sync, Still far from covering two frames.)

Also, the lights appear circular in the video. If you'd take a photo of a flash head a that distance, you'd get an oval, because the head is wider than it is high.

Last: If you pause the making-of video at 0:35, you can actually see the LED and wires on the front of the flash heads in the background.

July 29, 2011 10:31 AM  
Blogger bycostello said...

real or not.. really amazing....

July 29, 2011 12:48 PM  
Blogger mobeter3 said...

I'm surprised they fired reliably. My one canon flash never does.

July 29, 2011 3:41 PM  
Blogger Debra said...

Really cool! For me, the value is not whether it's exactly fake or not. It's the idea that is exciting, the way they have turned the flash into an object of art unto itself.

Usually flash and lighting is concealed, outside the frame, the objective is to light the subject. In this case, the flash becomes the subject, and yet also is still creating the Matrix-style shots that are also pretty cool. Very zen, in a way... the subject is the creator and the creator is the subject.

And no, I'm not smoking anything ;) LOL

July 31, 2011 12:42 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

I don't care if it is real or fake, shot in one take or multiples.

I only know two things: a) the end result works; and b) I would not want to swap out that many AAs. :)

August 11, 2011 7:34 AM  
Blogger Brian Hursey said...

Fro those who think its fake here is some evidence its not.


August 29, 2011 11:43 PM  

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