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High Speed Sync – When To Use It And Why |The Slanted Lens

By Hanssie on July 18th 2015

High-speed sync is a great feature that you can use to enhance your images. It’s not without limitations, but it can yield some pretty cool results, especially when you’re in a situation where the sun is bright, and your shutter speed is high. (To hear a simple explanation of high-speed sync – or HSS – watch Michelle’s video on Understanding Flash Sync and High-Speed Sync here).

In the following video by The Slanted Lens, Jay P. Morgan talks about high-speed sync and how it works by demonstrating its use on a photo shoot in Downtown LA. He uses a Baja B4 Monolight, a Canon 5D Mark III, with a Tamron 24-70mm lensTamron SP 15 to 30mm for the wide angle shots, a medium, silver lined soft box and a full orange (CTO) on the light. He shoots in Tungsten to give it a different look with his settings at ISO 320, shutter 1/500th of a second at F4.5. Using mirrors and various angles and also a second light in a few shots for a rim lighting, Jay P. plays around with various lighting techniques, even using the white backing of one of the mirrors for a slight bounce in the model’s face.


In the video, Jay P. shows how he builds the light to get the finished images, which you can see here in his post. If you want to learn more about lighting, check out some more articles on lighting here, or our Lighting 101 Workshop DVD. To see more tutorials from The Slanted Lens, check out these posts or visit their website here.

High-Speed Sync and How it Works – Lighting Tutorial

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  1. Kyle Stauffer

    Neat video and artistic approach. Certainly gives some ideas on lighting creativity.

    I’d of liked to seen what the photo looked like with the background light a little darker. I wouldn’t think typical mid-day settings to bring down the natural light in combination with a high power strobe would be 1/500th/iso320/f4.5.

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  2. Brandon Dewey

    great video

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