HyperSync makes dramatic images without the help of Photoshop
I’ve worked with diffusers, gobos, and reflectors all of my life to try and tame the sun. It is hard to make your Lighting look natural unless you are using a flash with a large soft box. This limits the flashes you can use because most are not powerful enough and dont have slow flash duration. The other issue is that cameras like my own (Canon 5D mkiii) were limited to a X sync of 1/200 of a second. So outside in the sun when your camera can only sync at 1/200sec your aperture ends up being around f16. The biggest problem with that is that you have to much depth of field and most strobes are not powerful enough to put out an f16 with the light in a soft box 10 – 15 feet away.
PocketWizard has developed a trigger and software system that allows you to go past a shutter sync speed of 1/200 with strobes all the way up to up to 1/8,000 of a second with out a shutter curtain in the frame. “The ideal strobe would have slow flash duration, somewhere around 1/500 sec.” They call this system HyperSync! The software controls the timing of the burst from the flash so that it makes it through the fast shutter. The best part about this development is that we can now overpower the sun while having our aperture at 2.8!
I use the Speedotron Explorer 1500 with the slowest flash head 102. With this much power I can back my strobes up 10 feet and expose my subjects entire body. A 500 watt power pack is good for close up shots where your light can be 3 feet away, as soon as you want to do a full length shot you’re going to have a difficult time. Even better would be a strobe with 2400 watts. You would be able to back your strobes up 20 feet and get beautiful exposures. Remember to study flash duration before purchasing a strobe,you need the slowest flash duration you can get to get even exposures across the frame.
Expose for the sky and let your strobes take care of the rest.
You can check out more information on HyperSync by going to PocketWizard’s website HERE
Photo below shot with – Canon 5D mkiii – Sigma 24-105 @24mm – 1/3200 sec – f4.0 – ISO 50