OK, I got it out of my system. I've told the world about the most exciting local election of all times. So, now reporting from the Center Of The Universe - on with Technique Tuesday: Shooting At The Speed Of Light - Understanding High Speed Flash Sync.
This is probably one of the least understood yet one of the most useful features in your lighting arsenal - high speed flash sync. What is it? What does it do? Folks, back in the old days when I was shooting my Hasselblad, I had the capability to sync my flash at 1/500 second with that fast leaf shutter built into those beautiful Hassey lens.
My greatest disappointment as I migrated to digital was the fact that my first digital camera, a Fuji S-1, only synced to 1/200 second. That made it really hard for me to continue to get my dramatic "darkened sky" images I loved capture. My next camera, Nikon's D1x did let me sync to 1/500 second again and I was a happy camper till switching to Canon a few years later and again had the same flash speed limitation.
I worked around it with my "Cheatin' Flash" technique, but syncing the flash at ANY shutter speed was still the dream. Well, dreams do come true and both Canon and Nikon systems offer that capability. Hit PLAY below to get the entire story on how to make it work, why it works, and when to use this technique. I think you will enjoy it.
Hey gang, that's it for me today. I hear the polls calling and I hope the lines are not too long. I hope your candidate wins where ever you are, and I'll plan to see everybody again tomorrow. Have a great one, -David