Posts Tagged ‘HyperSync’

Shooting Portraits with HyperSync Webinar

Mark Wallace Webinar

Join host Mark Wallace for a live Webinar on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 1:00 pm EST. Mark will give a thorough overview of PocketWizard’s revolutionary HyperSync® technology while using the latest firmware. You’ll learn how to extend the capabilities of your studio strobes for location work when shooting in bright sunlight. Mark will cover the basics of sync speed and the limitations photographers face when using traditional methods.

Mark will then explain how HyperSync works using animations, whiteboard illustrations, and live demonstrations in the studio. Finally, Mark will show you how to put everything into practice by showing an actual shoot on-location.

This live Webinar includes plenty of time for questions and answers. Join us and learn what HyperSync can do for you.


Originally broadcast on June 27th, 2013, this Webinar is now available as an archive on this page.

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What Can HyperSync Do for You?

Sebastian Kienle               Donald Miralle                   na                           1/500                       f/4.5

Sebastian Kienle as photographed by Donald Miralle, 1/500th, f/4.5. ©Donald Miralle.

HyperSync® is one of the most revolutionary features for flash photography since the flash bulb. It’s also the least known or understood concept in flash photography despite it being four years since it was first introduced.

Simply put, HyperSync is a feature in our ControlTL® radios that lets you use shutter speeds above the normal x-sync limitations when using studio flash. It is very dependent on the camera and flash models being used but with the right combination of gear you can use shutter speeds all the way to 1/8000th of a second with studio flash!

How is this possible? The ControlTL radios with this feature (MiniTT1, FlexTT5, PowerST4, PowerMC2) are able to advance the timing of the flash triggering so at speeds above x-sync you’re still getting light from the flash to expose the sensor. Normally, if you tried to go above your camera’s x-sync speed with a flash, you would get “clipping” or a black bar across your image. That part of the sensor missed being exposed by the flash because it was exposed prior to the flash firing.


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Serene HyperSync Engagement Shoot

© Olli Krause

© Olli Krause


HyperSync is great for freezing super fast action but it can also be used to help create a totally different style of photography. If you like the look of the super smooth, creamy backgrounds that you can get shooting at a wide aperture AND want to photograph outside in the sun, then this trick is for you!

You can use HyperSync to ratchet up your shutter speed, allowing you to keep your aperture wide open, even while using flash in bright sunlight.


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Dave Lehl: Combining HyperSync with Light Trails

Photographer Dave Lehl wanted to take action photography somewhere new; somewhere he hadn’t seen it go before.

After a whole lot of experimentation, Dave came up with the winning combination of a long exposure to create light trails and a HyperSynced flash shot to freeze the action. He used an Elinchrome Ranger and a Lumedyne for lighting, triggered with his new PocketWizard MiniTT1 units.

Just how fast did he go? He says, “I just got the new PocketWizard Mini’s, which allow for HyperSync®, which means you can sync your flash at a much faster speed. I think I was shooting at around an 800th or a 1000th of a second.”

Watch the video above for more behind-the-scenes details and to see the final shots. See more of his work on his site and follow him on tumblr.

Note: This video contains more cats than you might expect.


All videos and quotes in this post are used with permission and ©Dave Lehl, all rights reserved; story is ©PocketWizard. Please respect and support photographers’ rights. Feel free to link to this blog post, but please do not replicate or repost elsewhere without written permission.

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Chris Garrison’s “Hand”

© 2012 Chris Garrison

Where were you on 29 November 2012? If you weren’t here with us watching Chris Garrison’s HyperSync® and extreme sports themed Webinar, then you’re in luck because it’s been archived right here for your viewing pleasure.

To get the show-stopping photo above, Chris employed the help of a boat full of studio strobes, a spare gorilla hand, HyperSync technology, wakeboarding talent, and a whole lot of patience.

Learn the story behind this shot and many more by watching the archived Webinar.


All images in this post are used with permission and ©Chris Garrison, all rights reserved; story is ©PocketWizard. Please respect and support photographers’ rights. Feel free to link to this blog post, but please do not replicate or repost elsewhere without written permission.

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VIDEO: Manchul Kim’s HyperSynced Skateboarding

There really isn’t anything acclaimed Korean photographer Manchul Kim can’t shoot. Take a look at his portfolio and you’ll see everything from conceptual still life shots to rock band album covers. In this shoot, Manchul takes on skateboarding for DC shoes and Lee Sanglee.

Manchul Kim has known Lee Sanglee, a Korea DC Shoes team rider, for over ten years. Lee is one of Korea’s most experienced skateboarders and he has been active publishing books and DVDs as well as teaching the younger generation how to skate.

Manchul Kim

© 2012 Manchul Kim


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Paul D’Andrea’s HyperSync Portrait

Paul D'Andrea

© 2012 Paul D’Andrea

Paul D’Andrea is an Indianapolis-based photographer whose work runs the gamut from portraits and events to fine art. He even helps run one of the few photography galleries in the city, M10 Studio and Gallery. Here, he gives us the details behind an outdoor portrait he made with a little help from HyperSync®.

When making a portrait I have to decide how to draw the viewer’s eye to the subject. I might do this with a simplified background, a composition that frames the subject, or it might be with a shallow depth of field or a difference in exposure (making the subject brighter than the backdrop).

For an outdoor portrait, using a shallow depth of field often precludes the use of studio lights and exposure in pulling the subject off the background. With a maximum sync speed of 1/250th of a second for the studio lights, I need to choose an aperture to match the ambient exposure, this might be f/11 or f/16 on a sunny day, which won’t provide a very shallow depth of field. Enter HyperSync, which allows me to have both a shallow depth of field and large light modifiers.


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Ryan DeCesari’s HyperSync Success

Ryan DeCesari - Hypersync BMX

© 2012 Ryan DeCesari

Ryan DeCesari (a.k.a. Denver Photo Guy) was looking to gear up for the coming ski season and get some high speed sync happening. Looking back on his blog, you can watch his experiments evolve as his research leads him to what he needs to get the results he wants.

In his most recent two posts, he shares the results of his latest experiments, using PocketWizard’s HyperSync® with a MiniTT1® and FlexTT5®. He headed out to Valmont Bike Park in Boulder, Colorado for a test run and reports after “about 10 minutes with my laptop and the PocketWizard Utility to dial in the Hypersync function… I was able to get up to 1/8000 exposure.”

Later, in a more detailed post, Ryan sprints up the learning curve and tries out the classic dropping-objects-in-a-fishtank shoot, and gets some results that he says “utterly stunned and shocked him.” Using just one strobe, Ryan was able to shoot at 1/8000th and freeze motion perfectly. He writes, “The heavens lifted angels and choirs began to sing I sat back in my chair struggling to understand what this meant for my photography…… I settled on the idea that for an investment of around $800 I had a set up that could play with the big boys I had a super powerful strobe that could be transmitted from extreme distances and the ability to sync that strobe at its full power setting up to 1/8000 of a second shutter speed.”


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Behind the Scenes with Tristan Shu

When photographer Tristan Shu got a chance to work with some of France’s best freestyle skiers, he knew he had to produce something spectacular. Not one to shy away from a challenge, Tristan created a meticulously timed image showcasing the skiers’ precision and skill. How did he do it? Read the account and see the video below to find out.

©2012 Tristan Shu

I triggered my flashes using a mix of PocketWizard FlexTT5’s, PowerST4’s, and Plus II’s.


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Klaus Dyba on Photographing Dogs

BMX photographer Klaus Dyba comes to us from Cologne, Germany, where he recently tried his hand at canine photography – with spectacular results! Here, he gives his account of his Weimaraner shoot and some tips for photographing man’s best friend.

Weimaraner, ©2012 Klaus Dyba

I come from a background in action photography, especially BMX riding, so when my brother-in-law showed up for a visit with his energetic Weimaraner, Charlotte, I thought it would be fun to shoot her in the same style I use for my BMX work.


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