31 December 2019

Using High-Speed Sync Flash in the Afternoon Sun

Using High-Speed Sync Flash at High Shutter Speed-  with Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT with Diffuser
 Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT with Diffuser
Overpowering the sun and wind with High-Speed Sync (HSS) Flash

Close-up and macro photography it generally done early morning / or with some cloud cover for reducing harsh light and glare.

But, what do you do if you only have 14:00 in full afternoon sun and the wind is blowing? Suddenly a high shutter speed and using flash is more than a suitable solution.

I went out at 14:00 in the sun for deliberately capturing a yellow (and very bright) flower against most close-up and macro photography principles.

In using a Speedlite (external flash unit) fitted in the camera flash hot shoe and applying the Speedlite's High-Sync Speed (HSS) setting I was able to overcome the maximum sync speed (highest shutter speed of a particular camera when using flash) of the camera I was using - 1/250s on the Canon EOS 70D - by setting the shutter speed to whatever I wanted higher than the 1/250s limitation.

Most entry-level DSLR's are capable of 1/4000s Shutter Speed and enthusiast / professional cameras up to 1/8000s.

Overpowering the sun / wind with High-Speed Sync Flash
Overpowering the sun / wind with High-Speed Sync Flash @ 1/8000s Shutter Speed with Speedlite flash

For this image I experimented (handheld) and went up to the maximum (almost unthinkable) shutter speed of 1/8000s of said camera - maybe a stop or two too high of what was actually required, but nevertheless, together with the flash, overpowered the sun and stopped the plucky wind from blurring the flower.

One of the applications of HSS is to be able to use wide apertures with faster shutter speeds for limiting the available ambient light (i.e. sunlight in this case). The faster the shutter speed the more the ambient light limitation. HSS is only available to use with either the camera's pop-up flash or with an external Speedlite flash.

In early morning close-up and macro photography (outside) I will use Aperture Priority Mode at whatever aperture is required (by me) and hardly be bothered with the shutter speed - and most often without flash.

Settings for this experimental image: Manual Mode @ ISO 400 / f/5.6 / 1/8000s with Canon EOS 70D / Speedlite 430EX III-RT with stofen-type plastic diffuser (flash head +- 35% tilted upwards from default position).

Lens used: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens

Speedlite Mode: E-TTL (with no exposure compensation)

Image is uncropped and slightly processed in Adobe Lightroom Classic CC 9.

Using flash is therefore not only for adding light to low ambient light conditions, but also for limiting / overpowering strong sun light.

Butterfly in the afternoon at 1/180s Sync Speed

01 December 2019

Photo Competitions South Africa 2019

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Photography Competitions South Africa 2019
Listing of the latest Photography Competitions from some of the most well-known South African companies /  magazines / newspapers / NGO's / websites offering photography competitions in South Africa. 


Please note Some of these South African photography competitions / contests are once off competitions: read more on the listed websites for updated 2019 competitions.

Important before entering any Photographic Competition
Please read the Terms and Conditions and fully understand what happens to the Copyright / Ownership of your images after submission to / and publication of your images into their online galleries (and what happens to your image(s) after closing dates). If you're not sure contact the organisers / sponsors before submission.

Adding your Photography Competition (South Africa only) to this list
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Latest News: Photography / Photo Competitions South Africa 2019

Country Life: Image Club Competition Entry Form Link
Country Life: Image Club Competition Entry Form Link

Country Life: Image Club Winners for March 2019
Country Life: Image Club Winners for March 2019

Enter the 2019 Getaway Gallery Photographic Competition
Enter the 2019 Getaway Gallery Photographic Competition

Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year 2019 – Entry Details
Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year 2019 – Entry details

Photography / Photo Competitions South Africa 2019

Africa Geographic

Photographer of the Year

African Safari Pictures
Wildlife Photo Contests


BirdLife
Photography Competitions


College of Digital Photography
Photography Competitions

Canon South Africa
Monthly Photo Challenges


Country Life
Photography Competition

Getaway
Gallery Competitions

The Global Travel & Tourism Partnership
2019 Digital Photography Competition

Indlovu Lodge

Amateur Photography Competition


Kruger-2- Kalahari
Nature Photo Contest

LandRover Africa / Canon
The Big Picture Photo Competition


N3TC
Photography Competitions


Nature's Best Photography Africa
Photography Competitions


Nikon South Africa
Photography Competitions

Media / Netwerk 24
Foto Kompetisies

ORMS Connect
Monthly Photo Competitions


Pangolin
Photo Content / Competition 

Parasol
Portrait Photography Competitions


Photographic Society of South Africa

Photography Competitions


RapidStudios
Photo Competitions

Rhino Africa
Photographer of the Year


SAASTRA
Photography Competitions


Sigma South Africa
Sigma Photo Competitions

Tamron
Photography Competitions

Traveller24
Photography Competitions

Visual Arts Network of South Africa
Various Competitions


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Image Copyright Vernon Chalmers { Canon EOS 6D / EF 16-25mm Lens - Milnerton Beach, Capew Town
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