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Photography is my passion. I do not only take wedding photos but also do portraits, landscapes, and street photography. This section represents my perspective on how I see the world through the lenses.

High Speed Sync Flash

Nat!! What is your camera and flash set up to get balance exposure from both sky and models AND beautiful Dept-of-Field (DOF)? Well, I do not know much about theory of flash but this technique is called "High Speed Sync Flash (HSS)". Let me explain. It's very simple.

I have many photographers asked these past couple weeks about HSS photography. Therefore, I think it's a good time for me to write this thing up in a very easy way and how to make it happen even you do not have much knowledge about Off-Camera-Flash (OCF), just like me. However, let me give you a warning. This technique can be very pricey but it will worth every penny you spent!

I'll start with a couple questions I got from y'all all the time.

1.) Why HSS is different from normal OCF?

 Zikra, Mali

Zikra, Mali

Because most of cameras can shoot a native sync with a flash at 1/250th. If there is too much light out there, the camera will force you to lower f-stop to such as f/16 instead of f/2.

SHOOTING PORTRAIT AT F/16!!! Oh man, I can feel the pain.

Then, when you try to increase f-stop to f/2, but you might need to increase shutter speed to 1/5000-1/8000. 

HERE WE COME HIGH SPEED SYNC!!

At this point, I expect you guys to understand the basic relationship between aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. If not, click on the this and STUDY!!

 

 

2.) what do i USE and to PERFORM a hss shoot? also, how much does it cost?

Here is what I use.

 

  • Total cost is $2,884.88
    PS. You can also get other brands such as Phottix and Dynalight strobe, which is lower price and also perform HSS.
     

3.) WHy DO I USE TO use profoto?

This whole set of Profoto can calculate camera set up through TTL for you. YOU ONLY NEED TO CLICK THE SHUTTER!

Yes, I did not understand much about lighting and OCF when I first got the lights. I learned by using them session by session. I feel studio lighting is the next level of photography after I have been telling people all the time that "I prefer natural light." 

However, you still have to study about position of using 1,2, and 3 light sources. Therefore, you will understand how to set the strobe for shooting. 

 

Annastasha

 Olivia

Olivia

 Olivia

Olivia

3.) How do i like hss?

  • I love it! I always hear from clients and people that the pictures with HSS look like magazine grade!! 
  • Models with HSS shoot will be very outstanding from background, while you can get blue sky!
  • I do not need to spend much time editing because the pictures are already good in RAW.
  • EVERY CLIENTS LOVE THE PICTURES
  • I do not have to rely the light from the Sun.

Before & After

I shot with Canon 5D mk3 and 6D, AP mode. The light exposure was pretty much balance already after shot. I did not have to spend much tim during editing pictures.

 
 Evan, TCU

Evan, TCU

Carla, UNT

Samples

Here are sample pictures of using HSS. I shot all of them with two light sources, B2 and the Sun. 

 Belle, Thailand

Belle, Thailand

 Elise, UNT

Elise, UNT

This is my first article I wrote. Please let me know if you think I should add something in or cut something off.

Thanks for reading!