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A while ago I was shooting in Utah with Kirt Voreis and I took this image of him on a natural quarter pipe. I lit it with my two Flashpoint Evolv 200 Pro lights (Godox AD200Pro) and used high speed sync to freeze the image. High Speed Sync is a feature of newer (within the past 10 years) flash systems that allows you to shoot at higher shutter speeds and still use flash. Without it your shutter would be limited to your camera's X-Sync speed, which for most cameras is around 1/125 or 1/250. This isn't fast enough to freeze a moving subject, so you need to use a flash with a very fast flash duration, and a high power output. This was shot at 1/1250 at f/4.5, and at 1/250 would be at f/10, which would require a fairly powerful flash. This is one of the things I really like about High Speed Sync shooting, I'm not trying to freeze the action with the flash so I can get away with smaller lights like the Evolv 200 Pro's.


People are always asking about lighting diagrams and flash setups, so I made a small diagram and also made a short video about the setup.

You can find more images from this shoot with Kirt here.


Let me know in the comments if you have any questions about shooting with high speed sync vs shooting with regular flash.

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Gear Used In This Shot

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