Video showing the power of High Speed Sync in a bright environment

Jun 21, 2016

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Video showing the power of High Speed Sync in a bright environment

Jun 21, 2016

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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We have probably already established that just one soft light can make a huge difference in how a picture looks, but many times it is too bright to use a strobe. If you want to get a correct exposure with a wide aperture, you need very fast shutter speeds. Sadly, most systems don’t like to natively sync faster than 1/200 or 1/250 of a second and this is where HSS (or high speed sync) comes into play.

Chicago based photographer Manuel Ortiz demonstrates how using HSS even on a bright day cat get you to 1.4 aperture with a strobe and earn Bokeh

I mean, having an 85mm G master 1.4 lens on your Sony A7rii and limiting yourself to F/5 and below is just not getting everything you can out of this $1,700 lens. As strobe, Ortiz uses a Flashpoint Xplor 600 TTL strobe, connected to a Godox X1T trigger which supports sync up to 1/8000 in a Paul C buff 47inch Octabox

https://youtu.be/KksX2sWR_DI

Here is a first shot taken with no flash at all

F5, 1/250 ISO 100 no flash
F5, 1/250 ISO 100 no flash

now adding a strobe at max sync definitely improves the photo, but background is still pretty distracting.

F5, 1/250 ISO 100, 1/16 flash power
F5, 1/250 ISO 100, 1/16 flash power

Lastly, here is where HSS comes into play and the lens is opened all the way to f/1.4 and shutter speed of 1/4000

F1.4, 1/4000, ISO 100, 1/8 flash power in HSS
F1.4, 1/4000, ISO 100, 1/8 flash power in HSS

Here is a quick comparison of the max sync speed (1/250@f/5) vs. HSS (1/4000@f/1.4)

Here are two more photos to illustrate the technique, one with the 85mm, and one with the 35mm sigma art 1.4 lens with Laea3 adaptor.

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F1.4,1/8000, ISO 50
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F1.4, 1/8000, ISO 100

Manuel Ortiz has a great youtube channel so check it out for more tutorials. You can also catch Manuel on his site, Instagram and Facebook page.

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4 responses to “Video showing the power of High Speed Sync in a bright environment”

  1. Max Faust Avatar
    Max Faust

    You can also use a ND8 filter and sync in 1/125

    1. John Aldred Avatar
      John Aldred

      You can, but it’s usually a lot more hassle, and it’s a lot easier to see through your viewfinder when you’re not blocking 87.5% of the light. :)

    2. Max Faust Avatar
      Max Faust

      I don´t think so. I can see through a ND8 with no problem even in a cloudy day like this one. The only problem I see when I use a ND filter is that the white balance changes a bit to warm colors. But you can correct that issue in post. This picture was taken with a f2.0 50mm and two flashes sync in 1/125

  2. Eric Avatar
    Eric

    Elinchrom Quadra’s are the way to go… High sync rather than High Speed sync will give you much more output.