Custom Cables for High Speed Sync

I’ve been making my own custom camera cables for a while now, not that I don’t still buy some, but there are a few I want that don’t exist yet. When I was shooting with my high speed flash sync system I used to hold the camera in one hand and use the other hand to press the test button on the pocket wizard to shoot. Pretty awkward if you try it. So I made a trigger cable for the pocket wizard, if any of you have seen me shooting this year it’s the coiled gray cord going from my…

Point of View

A few weeks ago I was asked to do a POV article for VitalMTB so I went and searched through a bunch of old shots and realized I’ve been shooting POV stuff for more than 10 years. This is mostly just the article I did for Vital with a few more photos added… Point of View (Remote Cameras) I first started shooting POV bike stuff back in 1998 or 1999 10 years ago. Back then I used a simple remote shutter cord for triggering the camera and I taped it to the handlebars to keep it easy to reach while…

High Speed Sync with the Pocket Wizard Multimax

I had great intentions of doing a video of this post and I even went out and got a new video camera, but actually getting it filmed has turned out to be a whole different story. So it’s been a few weeks and I need to get this post done, and it’s not going to be a video for at least a while yet. I’ve been shooting at 1/1000th of a second and faster and syncing with flash using the Pocket Wizard Multimax’s. It’s not hard to do, but you do have to experiment a bit with settings. This photo…

High Speed Sync Part 1

In my last post I mentioned that with the new Pocket Wizards Hypersync mode they’re saying that you can sync at up to 1/500th of a second and that I thought you could go faster. I’d like to clarify that a little. While Hypersync, or an early sync signal, is key to high speed sync and especially with a full frame camera, that alone won’t do it. And 1/500th – 1/800th sync is pretty hard to get, 1/1000th is a little easier. The reason for that is that at 1/500th of a second shutter the opening is a slit, (see…

Pocket Wizardry

Pocket Wizard has just announced the new Flex TT5, the successor to the MultiMax. While it’s currently only available for Canon, a Nikon version will be available soon. You can read about it here So why would a flash trigger be Nikon or Canon specific you ask? That’s because it reads and uses the camera’s TTL codes and each manufacturer uses slightly different pins on the hotshoe to transmit those codes. It also does something else that is way more important for me, it allows you to pretrigger the flash. They call this HyperSync, and this is their brief description…

Bike Mag Cover

Last month I got something really exciting in the mail, Bike Magazine, and for the second time in my life I had a photo on the cover of it. What set this cover apart for me was that it was shot at 1/500th of a second with flash. See my post on Camera Sync Speed and Flash for more details. The Details: This was shot at 1/500 f5 with a Nikon D2Xs. I used 2 Nikon SB800’s set to manual 1/2 power and mounted on a single stand. I can’t remember exactly what the zoom was set at but I…

Camera Sync Speed and Flash

There seems to be a fair bit of confusion in the world about camera sync speeds, Pocket Wizards, and high speed sync so I thought I would try to explain and demonstrate how it all works. Camera Sync Speed (SLR) Your camera has a set sync speed which is the fastest shutter speed you can use with a flash for that particular camera. So say the camera companies. Knowing how it works can allow for some additional creative processes. I’m going to assume that you know what a shutter is, and the examples here were shot with a Nikon D2Xs,…