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Natural Light vs Flash vs High Speed Sync: See the Difference

Same setting, same model, three different lighting scenarios. In this demo, Toronto wedding photographer Derrel Ho-Shing shows you the difference between shooting with natural light, regular strobe, and high speed sync.

Ho-Shing didn’t put the video together to make any sort of judgement, although his preference is obvious. He’s shooting with the Canon 5D Mark IV and new Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art lens, and having to stop that beautiful lens down to f/5.6 in order to use the strobe without HSS is just… tragic. The lighting looks fine, but the background is simply too in-focus and distracting.

By comparison, just natural light creates more separation and, thus, a more pleasing portrait:

And, of course, things get even better when you turn on High Speed Sync. Using the flash’s power to keep your subject properly exposed, HSS lets you create even more separation by both shooting wide-open and darkening the background.

In this example, at least, HSS wins hands down:

Watch the video up top to see the full demo for yourself. And if you like Derrel’s work, check out his website or show him some love on Facebook and Instagram.

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Portrait Lens Shootout: Sony 85mm f/1.4 vs 70-200mm f/2.8

What’s better for portraits? Is it the versatility of a great 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom lens, or the bright bokeh-tastic performance of a solid 85mm f/1.4 lens? That’s what photographer Manny Ortiz set out to discover this week.

Ortiz’s latest video takes up inside the viewfinder of his Sony A7R II as he and his wife Diana go out for a photoshoot with downtown Chicago at sunset as their gorgeous urban backdrop. The first half of the shoot he uses the Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 GM lens, the second half the 85mm f/1.4 GM lens.

Both of these lenses are exceptional, as the resulting photos demonstrate. Here are a few of his final shots captured with the 70-200mm:

And here are a few he shot with the 85mm:

You can make your own judgement based on the sample shots above, but Manny shares his own opinion after using both lenses during the same photo shoot. For him, the 85mm f/1.4 is the winner, hands down. And it’s not just about performance.

“With the 70-200, at 200mm, I feel very disconnected from my model,” explains Ortiz, citing this “disconnect” as the main reason he prefers the 85. Not that the performance is an issue… “The 85 is also a lot lighter, it’s sharper, and it’s got a wider aperture, which lets me get nice clean images even when it starts getting dim outside,” he adds.

Despite the versatility and “beautiful compression” that the 70-200mm allows—and at a respectable f/2.8—it just can’t compete with a purebred portrait prime like the 85mm.

Check out the full video to hear more from Manny about these two lenses, and then head over his website or give him a follow on Instagram and YouTube to catch more photos and videos like this one.


Image credits: All photos by Manny Ortiz and used with permission.

Photographer Transforms Models Into American Icons for Portrait Series

Audrey Hepburn, Charlie Chaplin, Elvis Presley, Whitney Houston, and other of America’s most famous historical icons are back, thanks to French photographer Etienne Clotis and his team. For his ongoing series ICONIC, Clotis transforms models into these famous personages for one epic portrait.

Clotis is a fashion photographer by trade, but for ICONIC he’s switched gears somewhat. His stylized portraits bring some of the most influential people of the past back to life for a single image, and the skill with which he and his team “resurrect” these icons is astounding.

Each image is stylized in some way to offer a hint (or sometimes to blatantly reveal) who the person in the image is, but you’d hardly need it. From the choice of models, to makeup, to posing and hair, every portrait is a dead ringer for the person it’s trying to portray.

This particular selection is all American icons, but the 100-photo project goes well beyond the USA’s borders. To see more of the over 100 portraits Clotis has captured, head over to the Iconic website by clicking here.

And if you’re interested in exploring more of his non-Iconic work, you can find Clotis online at his website and through Facebook.


Image credits: All photographs by Etienne Clotis and used with permission.