When operating under normal settings, your
camera and flash can only work sync under a
fairly tight range of shutter speeds. It varies by
camera maker and specific model, but you’re
typically only syncing your flash with your
camera at shutter speeds of up to 1/250 of a
There are times when this won’t do.
Specifically, if you need to shoot at wider
apertures to isolate your subject from the
background, a shutter speed of 1/250 will
lead to an overexposed image. Skies can be
particularly tricky: expose for the blue sky on
a bright sunny day and you’ll wind up under-
exposing the subject; expose for your subject
and the blue sky will turn nuclear-fire ball
white—great for your personal project on post-
apocalyptic hellscapes, not so great for a family
portrait shoot in the park.
Cranking up the shutter speed and using
your flash’s HSS mode lets you compensate
for the wider aperture with a faster shutter
speed while still providing illumination for your
foreground subject. With HSS, your camera and
flash can sync at the full range of your available
shutter speeds—up to 1/8000 of a second.
Most flashes, from speed lights to strobes,
o;er an HSS option. Some vendors call
by it slightly di;erent names and not every
implementation is technologically identical, but
the e;ect is the same: better outdoor portraits.
What’s not to love?
When, where and how to use high-speed sync. • ;; ;;;; ;;;;;;;;
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POSING TIPS FOR
Take some cues from master photographer
Jerry Ghionis. • ;; ;;;;;;; ;;;;;;;;
World-class wedding photographer Jerry Ghionis—who has
been photographing professionally for more than 20 years—
and his wife, Melissa, work as a team at both of their successful
studios in Australia and California. Ghionis has photographed
thousands of weddings around the globe, as well as fashion
and portrait work; here’s how he directs his subjects.
• Bring out more than a smile. It’s helpful to
remember that a pose without any expression
is just a pose. But a pose with expression is a
• Pay attention to angles. If you want to emphasize
a body part, shift it toward the light and toward the
camera. If you want to de-emphasize a body part, then
shift it away from the light and away from the camera.
• Give equal attention to both genders. Often
photographers create beautiful shape in the female
form but forget to pose a male subject as carefully,
making him appear too straight and sti; in his
posture. Directing him to bend his knee or shift his
weight forward can make him look more relaxed;
when posing a couple together, this direction can
also help shift his energy toward his partner.
• Look beyond the obvious. Many photographers
concentrate on the eyes of their subject, for good
reason. But after the eyes, the hands are the most
expressive part of the body. Don’t forget to use
them to help communicate a powerful message!
Photos © Jerry Ghionis