57. High speed sync location lighting

Working on location with studio lights can present a number of challenges — finding the right location to start with, suitable equipment and combining multiple light sources, to name just a few.

In this portrait photography class Karl goes for a dark and mysterious forest fashion shot, explaining the advantages of high-speed synchronization to cut out ambient light even at maximum aperture for creative effect.

In this portrait photography class we cover the following:

  • Portrait photography: Photographing on location
  • Photographing with flash on location
  • Studio lighting modifiers for working on location
  • High speed synchronization

NOTE: This course is available with English subtitles

Comments

    1. Hi Wayne, yes absolutely even 2000th would work for this type of shot as long as your daylight isn’t too bright. If it is you can always add an ND filter on the lens.

  1. Hello Karl.
    I have the Nikon D810 I do not have Broncolour but rather Aurora studio speed lights. Do I need hs radio triggers, Currently I have Pocket wizards 2 plus. I just need a little direction.
    I am enjoying your videos.
    Thanks
    Daryl

    1. Hi Daryl, I’m afraid i’m not up to speed with all the different brands and what they have to offer. I thought some of the pocket wizards had a HS mode but it will also depend on the flash unit too, you best consult the manuals i’m afraid.

  2. Hi @karl how could you achieve the shot with high speed sync and motion subject ? As I knew that high speed sync doesn’t free the motion right ?

    1. Hi TP, I don’t quite understand the question? HSS can freeze well if at very high shutter speeds or high speed flash (short duration) can freeze too?

  3. Hi Karl,

    Love these motion shots. Due to the nature of this technique, is it professionally acceptable if the face and eyes are not quite as tack sharp as a still portrait (though I must say, your movement photos look bang-on every time)?

    1. Hi Peter, as many of these the model is some distance away or it’s on a wider angle lens it’s actually easier to get them sharp than on a close up portrait. For example at these distances on a full length figure then if the models body is in focus then the face and eyes will be too as long as the flash is also freezing the movement.

  4. Hello, Karl.
    Stunning images. Could you tell me, please, if you used continuous focusing or you pre-focused (having in mind the spot in which you were planning to fire) for the shots where Debra ran?
    By the way, the effort of the entire crew and especially Debra’s is to be appreciated.
    Thank you.

    1. Hi Bogdan, I prefocused. That’s my usual technique for these type of shots as you will also see in ‘Fashionscape’ and some of the other fashion modules.

  5. Hi Karl,

    Fantastic results on this shot. You are a living myth!!! 🙂
    What kind of retouching did you add to the picture, if any?

    Regards and thanks,

    Jorge.

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