I’m a BIG fan of “cheating the sync” on my DSLR. Maybe it goes back to the film days when I was shooting Hasselblads. The medium format Hasselblad had the ability to sync up to 1/500 second and that gave us Hassy shooters the ability to really work the light outdoors especially when using flash. That 1/500 second let us create some gorgeous sunset images because of the that fast sync speed.
As the cameras “improved” the sync speed was reduced to about 1/250 second for most of the camera manufacturers. Now it became a “pain in the neck” to achieve the same results I was getting at my faster sync speeds.
Cheating the sync gives you a brand new way to control your light on the scene. It gives you wonderful control on how you light your subject. Now it’s easy to create a much more dramatic look to your images with your new found understanding of how to cheat the sync on your camera.
It’s a great way to stretch the boundaries of photographic possibilities and easily create images that would have required a lot more equipment and a lot more time to produce.
Why not hit the PLAY button below and enjoy the show. I think you’ll really enjoy this week’s lighting tutorial and get a real “kick” out of the results when you see them.