Wey hey! So digging this… I did a photoshoot with a gymnastics group last year in Germany. Well they loved the images, in fact so much that they’ve used one of them in poster size for promotion. Anyway I mentioned in passing that I’d really like to do some more photography with the group and see if I can improve as well as play around with the lighting arrangements. Well I’ve just discovered I can now get to their last practice session… YAY!! I’ll be gutted if something happens and I can’t do it.
The issue with using strobes and gymnastics, in fact in any sport is the flash synchronisation speed. Speedlights and studio strobes generally allow you to use shutter speeds of up to 1/200 of second (maybe a little more, but for my set up’s this is the maximum I find it safe). Above that you get shutter lag and for sport there’s a lot of movement above 1/200 of a second, so it’s a matter of picking those moments that are slower if you don’t want any of the image blurred. However, some speedlights have a ‘high speed synchronisation’ setting, this is where the flash unit in effect fires a very rapid series of flash pulses at a lower power than a longer full flash. The effect is to allow the camera to achieve much higher shutter speeds. Think I’ll also explore the strobe settings. It’ll be interesting to see it working together with the Pocket Wizards I have now to replace my Hannel radio triggers.