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Hi and welcome back.

A few weeks ago I was presenting at the BH Event Space Creative Lighting with Speedlights.

At the end of the presentation I was asked to demonstrate a 2 light setup with HSS.

I have been using the Phottix Odin for my professional triggering needs and love how this trigger system just works.

Engaging HSS with the Odin is as simple as pushing your shutter speed up to those super fast speeds over your camera’s x-sync speed.  But in reality this is really not the case.

In order to push your shutter speed up effectively, you need to compensate on the aperture side and open up as far as you can go.  Then, adjust ISO to achieve the desired result.

Then. as if that wasn’t enough, you need to have your flashes in TTL mode and adjust power output in TTL to help with exposure.

There is a constant shifting of settings, especially when shooting outside as the light changes.

And if this isn’t enough, remember that for each stop of shutter speed you increase, you decrease by 1/2 the power output of your light source. So moving your light closer to your subject becomes a necessity when shooting at very fast speeds.

On top off all that, remember that HSS loves to eat battery power, so flash refresh rates may be much slower than normal.  External battery packs and fresh AA’s are needed o even fathom some idea of shooting HSS successfully.

But, once you nail it, you are in love with it!

Here are the details for the shot below:

Camera, Nikon D3, 105 f/2 dc lens


Key: SB 910, TTL, Odin trigger, small Rogue Flasbender as snoot

Hair: Phottix Mitros Plus, TTL, Large Rogur Flashbender as snoot

Exposure: 1/4000 @ f/2, ISO 200

Ekaterina Vygolova BH Photo Creative Lighing BW 4 22 2015_0104 copy


Working in a controlled setting helps, but welcome to the HSS dance of shutter, aperture, ISO, and TTL output.

Don’t get discouraged f this is tough to master, it is tough for pros too, you just need to practice to get a handle on it and then go have fun!

Till next time, happy dancing.