New Picture: Tom the Farmer and Elinchrom HS

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: October 28, 2015

Category: General

With Elinchrom having just released their new Skyport Plus HS (Hi Sync) the focus definitely seems on photographing action, movie subjects, however although we went out and photographed some Mountain Bikers to freeze action, for me it’s what else it offers that is the big appeal…being able to photograph outside on a bright sunny day with a wide open aperture of f/2.8.

Up until now I’ve been using Lee Neutral Density Filters over the lens to be able to do this but with doing so other factors come into play i.e. needing more power from your flash to compensate and barely being able to see your subject to focus another. The power issue was never really a problem because I use the Elinchrom ELC 1000s which by the name give me 1000ws but the low visibility…hmmmm

Anyway just as a tester when Elinchrom first sent me the new kit to try out a few weeks back it was shooting wide open on a sunny day that I wanted to try out…


It’s pretty hard to tell quite how bright the day other than seeing Tom is wearing some sunglasses, but then also you just need to look at the shadows being cast on the floor.

And here’s the quick try out shot using a Canon 1DX at iso 100, 1/1250s and wide open at f/2.8


Of course with Hi Sync speeds of up to 1/8000s this is childs play for the new Skyport so there’s most definitely some exciting and seemingly limitless possibilities ahead.

I’ll be sure to post more over the coming weeks.


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  1. Carol Lang

    What do you say to subjects in order for them to give you the facial expression you want?

    • Glyn Dewis

      Nothing in particular; just spend more time building a relationship than taking pictures and when shooting keep talking so the camera becomes less of a significance.

  2. Felipe

    Was this shot with the HS Head? Thanks!


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