Lighting For Liquid Series – EINSTEIN STRIKES BACK

Hey Guys!

We are almost ready for our AUSTRALIA Milk Workshops 2013 next month, but before the take-off we have a quick test on Lighting For Liquids and a bonus sneak peek into the set of our Bamboo Forest Shoot for The Liquid Series!

In this test we will check that our Einsteins can compete and deliver the same results as a high-end lighting gear…

Some time ago I saw a video featuring Bronco Scoro and Profoto Pro 8 Air called “A Real World Shootout” featuring a test of the flash duration of both systems.

You can find that video here [click].

While watching it I couldn’t help myself thinking…
“… wait a minute, this can be easily done with our 20-times less expensive lights!”

So when we worked on our new Babmboo Forrest Shoot for the Liquid series, I decided to run a quick Video Response to the Real World Shootout using Paul Buff’s Einstein E640.


The Setup:
We’ve replicated the set and like on the reference video set the camera Phase One P65+ with 110 Shneider lens to f/16.
The Fill light is a bare head bounced from the white board at 1/32power and the Main – 22” Silver beauty dish set to 1/16th



As expected in that scenario Einstein delivered an action stopping flash duration T0.1 = 1/10410 of a second!
What’s really cool is that all data you might need while freezing the liquid is displayed on a neat LCD screen at the back of the head.

The results are below, and it wasn’t any surprise that Einstein E640 handled the test effortlessly!

50% Crop:


My conclusion and what I am really trying to say here – is that the test like that shootout doesn’t proof anything and I can hardly find it helpful to justify spending over $12000 for just a pack, especially when you realise that this is an equivalent of 24 Einstein heads …
… Dear God! What a crazy set I could lit with that arsenal !?

And that is a perfect punch line!

Companies with that calibre and expensive equipment should know and do much better than this, always try to push the boundary and come up with unbelievable concepts!
Come on! We need a bigger challenge than that!


Meanwhile in London…

The Bamboo Forest Shoot for The Liquid Series:


That is how we roll at AurumLight ;-]

You can see a 1 minute BTS sneak peek video at the end of the above Video Response.
While using massive mods, increasing significantly power level and the distance between the lights and the subject we were still able to get a freezing flash duration.

The Setup:
For that Project we used three Einsteins 640 in 2 Giant Strip Softboxes 200x40cm and 64” Paul Buff PLM – Parabolic Light Modifier.
I seriously love the PLM – it provides such an even and efficient beam of light that you can light your subject from a really far away!
It is also affordable which makes it a must-have for me.

Lady In Red…


Model: Jay Jessop
Hair & Make-Up: Katrina Betts
Concept & Design: Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz
Photography: Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz
Assistants: Ben Prewett, Aleksandra Wieczorkiewicz, Bartek Rzeczkowski

MILK Workshops 2014!
Book your place now, here: >>>BOOKING PAGE

5-6 April 2014 – London, United Kingdom
17-18 May 2014 – Frankfurt, Germany


My best regards


  1. Posted November 2, 2012 at 12:39 | Permalink | Reply

    Amazing photo shoot Sir! Brilliant idea too :)

  2. Posted December 29, 2012 at 04:20 | Permalink | Reply

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  3. Posted April 6, 2013 at 05:45 | Permalink | Reply

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  4. Posted May 28, 2013 at 17:38 | Permalink | Reply

    Hello. Any US workshops in 2013? Would love to attend one.

    • Posted May 28, 2013 at 17:41 | Permalink | Reply

      We are working on it, and will keep you posted!

  5. Posted May 28, 2013 at 23:50 | Permalink | Reply

    Definitely interested in any Workshops you plan to have in Sydney, just discovered your amazing conceptual work, it’s a Revelation!
    Thank you!

  6. Stas
    Posted June 24, 2013 at 11:04 | Permalink | Reply

    Hello Jaroslaw,what is up to you the best camera setting with Einstein for water freezing?

    • Posted June 24, 2013 at 11:39 | Permalink | Reply

      Hi Stas,

      Here you can find a complete lighting diagram with all the camera and light settings you need:


      • Brent March
        Posted July 27, 2013 at 21:40 | Permalink

        Excellent setup and results. I have to attend one of your fine workshops in the USA.
        In the meantime could you let us in on what type of triggers you were using?? Were they the Paul Buff or the Pocket Wizards?

        Thank you for the artful approach to photography.


      • Posted July 27, 2013 at 21:48 | Permalink

        Hi Brent!
        Good to hear from you.
        We are using PCBuff Cyber Commander.

        On occasion I use Pocket wizzadrs when I mix the lighting with small Nikon speedlights.


  7. Posted October 10, 2013 at 14:44 | Permalink | Reply

    I really love your work, I wish to have you in Colombia teaching a couple of workshops about liquids.

  8. wayne Collins
    Posted October 26, 2013 at 13:52 | Permalink | Reply

    Love your concepts, I to do things like this creating props and concepts. Hope you make it to Florida USA the mecca for creative photography.

    • Posted October 26, 2013 at 16:50 | Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for your kind words! I hope I will visit your area in 2014!

  9. Diana
    Posted October 30, 2013 at 01:38 | Permalink | Reply

    ¿What is the Beam Spreads of the Beauty Dish used?

  10. Posted November 13, 2013 at 22:06 | Permalink | Reply

    Thanks for such a wonderful illustration … extraordinary pictures … congratulations …

  11. Posted February 17, 2014 at 23:23 | Permalink | Reply

    Gratuluję Milk Workshops! Świetny pomysł i nieziemskie wykonanie.Tak trzymać i będę z niecierpliwością czekał na nowe dzieła :) Pozdrawiam

  12. vince
    Posted December 25, 2014 at 05:42 | Permalink | Reply

    Sign me up for the US workshop

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