Stroboscopic flash photography is basically putting your camera on a slow shutter speed and firing bursts of strobe lighting to freeze moments in action for a “double exposure image” on acid, so to speak. When David Einar was booked for a shoot with the Linköping Hockey Club in Sweden, he wanted to convey the full sense of action embodied in the fast-paced game. So he turned to the stroboscopic technique to create adrenaline action in these incredible images.
Using two Elinchrom Pro HD 500s, he set up one in strobo mode as his main light and a second one in delayed mode as a “finishing light” to give the end of the sequence some extra punch.
If you’re interested in giving this technique a try yourself, here are a few videos to help you along. Just remember, though, you don’t need $3,000 worth of gear to do it!