High speed flash sync

Started Jul 12, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: HSS comes into play
In reply to E E Thompson, Jul 22, 2012

E E Thompson wrote:

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Ian.

http://www.commercialphotographer.co.uk

Theres only one sun. Why do I need more than one light to get a natural result?

Perhaps some don't want a natural result. When I use HSS, either using a speedlight or studio strobes on location, its to create drama by lowering the ambient light levels making my subject stand out from it's surrounds in addition to allowing the use of wider apertures for a shallower depth of field. Also the use of an ND filter, while fine for static subjects, make it harder to follow movement and for auto focus to perform to its best.

HSS or FP mode hinder any lowering of ambient - especially with speedlights, and you need the correct lighting to access faster shutterspeeds when using studio strobes. With Speedlights there's no lowering of ambient on a bright day unless you're flash is closer than 2 feet of your subject or excessively zoomed. Under those circumstances I can't see any subject focus being adversely affected unless you're accustomed to strapping speedlights to sports subjects or sportspeople.

With studio strobes, you wouldn't necessarily NEED ND's to access wider apertures - just the correct lighting and setup.

I carry a full range of on camera ND's but I've never NEEDED to resort to them to assist in any lighting purpose, they have their place, but there are many other better options around.

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Ian.

http://www.commercialphotographer.co.uk

Theres only one sun. Why do I need more than one light to get a natural result?

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