What’s that for, PocketWizard?
This month’s feature is basically a road map for HyperSync®. Why a “road map?” Because HyperSync, a tool that could be used for all kinds of genius photography, seems to attract wheels. Motorcyles and BMX. Bicycles. And more motorcycles. Last month I called it BikerSync®. Mark Wallace, a motorcycle guy himself, wheeled down the road less taken and rallied a grand tour Webinar on HyperSync.
Here is some information we sent out to viewers before the Webinar. The road goes ever on and on, down from the door where it began, but the trip is a little smoother if you have the key to your magic decoder ring.
Update your firmware:
The latest and greatest HyperSync performance requires our most recent firmware upgrades for the MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 for Canon and Nikon, the PowerST4 for Elinchrom, and the PowerMC2 for Einstein. You can download the PocketWizard Utility for these updates on our downloads page.
Learn about HyperSync:
Visit the PocketWizard Wiki. This treasure trove contains more information than any “Owner’s Manual” could ever provide, and is crafted by our own tech support team. They know the most about PocketWizard radios and are photographers themselves.
Specific pages to drive through:
- HyperSync – the go-to page for all things HyperSync; everything links from here. Find links to specific camera models’ detailed HyperSync results as we create them.
- How To Use HyperSync – quick path to setting up your radios for HyperSync.
- Understanding HyperSync and High Speed Sync – technology demystified.
Set realistic expectations:
HyperSync is an amazing technology, but it performs only as well as the gear you use it with. Studio flash sync at 1/8000 is only achievable with some combinations of camera and flash: the fastest shutter cameras (or smallest sensors) and longest duration flashes will get the best HyperSync results. Most HyperSync users can easily expect to exceed their usual X-sync by a stop or more! All the way to 1/8000 may be more than your gear can do, but every extra stop is a useful creative tool.
HyperSync pushes the boundaries of xenon flash and mechanical shutter technology. As you reach the limits of your gear, gradations, clipping, or black banding may appear. This is more pronounced in a studio environment when using narrower apertures, but may yield perfectly acceptable results when shooting outdoors in the sun at wide apertures. HyperSync is a photographic tool like any other with specific strengths – how it applies to your style of photography is up to you! Visit HyperSync Performance with your Camera on the PocketWizard Wiki to view examples of what you can expect from a variety of gear set-ups.
Try it out and have fun! Get outside with your studio flash and play around in the sun. Let us know how it goes or load your images into our HyperSync Gallery for others to see or enter our HyperSync Photo of the Month contest.
Technical Support Manager
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