HyperSync Wedding Portraits by Eric Uys
Sure, you can use PocketWizard’s HyperSync® technology to freeze exciting high-speed sports action, but did you know you can also use it to create stunning portraits outdoors no matter what the natural lighting conditions are?
Here’s some examples of what photographer Eric Uys regularly pulls off using HyperSync for portrait sessions, including some behind-the-scenes shots by his assistant, Tarryn Ward.
In his own words, Uys gives us his thoughts on how he uses HyperSync to create work clients keep returning to him for.
At first I thought I had stumbled upon a strange freak glitch of some sort. I searched the Interwebs but could find no information on HyperSyncing with studio flash units. That’s mainly why I have not updated or fiddled with my firmware, they are still stock standard. This was all two years ago and it really was strange. I chatted with many local photographers and they looked at me as if it was witchcraft or magic. It was incomprehensible to many until I showed them and even then some still did not believe me! So I went about shooting with my little secret. It was great but also strange. Like waking up and suddenly having x-ray vision. I even did a workshop on it in 2011.
I remember chatting to a fellow photographer about this “discovery” I made and how significant it was in the world of photography. Essentially somehow something impossible is now possible. It would be like telling people surgeons can now do open heart surgery without ever having to cut someone open. It was lightyears ahead of any known thinking and what was physically possible.
I shoot with a Nikon D3 and a D800. I use a PocketWizard MiniTT1 and two FlexTT5 radio triggers. Lighting wise, when I have the budget, I will use Profoto, but most of the time I shoot with an Elinchrom Ranger Quadra kit with an S Head and one AlienBees 1600w mono light with a Vagabond Mini battery pack. I also have an Elinchrom D-Light 400w studio kit which I use for studio work or run off an AlienBees Vagabond mini battery (but don’t tell anyone!
I will usually use flash units when shooting outside in bright sun conditions and I like having shallow depth of field in my shots. Not always but most of the time. It also allows me to shoot something that has a unique look to it. My style is already pretty unique so this I feel gives me a slight edge. I like people to wonder how I did a shot.
My clients are always thrilled with the results of my work and I have been fortunate enough to have clients who put their trust in my abilities instead of being just a guy with camera gear.
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