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Photographing Downhill Longboarding with Aaron Anderson

Photographing Downhill Longboarding with Aaron Anderson

When Aaron Anderson wanted to photograph longboarders hurtling down a windy mountain road, natural golden light just wasn’t enough. This enlightening video captures a not-unrisky photo session, and how Anderson gerry-rigged part of an old boom and an ELV 400 for one athlete to light another. Learn how the longboarders and the photo crew raced downhill at dawn, completely stopping motion along the way.
Dreaming big. When you’re looking for dramatic action photos that seem effortless, dreaming big is a prerequisite, according to Aaron Anderson. Not only did he envision the kind of shots he wanted of a skateboarder, but his imagination didn’t stop as he was figuring out the safest and easiest way to execute his vision.
Gliding down XXXXX Road in XXXXXXXX, longboarder Candy XXXX was the subject, while her boyfriend Aaron/Erin was drafted to not only ride near her, but hold a lighting rig Anderson had fabricated just for this shoot. Leading the athletes down the winding, XX mile-long road was Anderson shooting prone from the tailgate of a hatchback.
Aiming for something he “hadn’t seen done” previously, Anderson shot at sunrise with a high shutter speed to capitalize on the natural gold at that time of day. Sunrise in the middle of the week also worked well to limit the number of other cars they’d encounter while shooting. Stressing transparent communication in front of and behind the camera, safety was top priority for all when whipping down this mountain road.
Technically, Anderson needed a camera-adjustable light to be held by a skateboarder many meters away, and traveling fast with no breaks. Sounds simple, right? The Elinchrom Skyport HS enabled Anderson to make adjustments on the fly from the car. “I could push the lighting up or down,” he says. “Also, it’s super-reliable, and it’s easy to see what I’m doing, then make the adjustment quickly and know it’s happening.”
“With the HS, I’m able to crank my shutter speed to 1/8000th of a second and freeze motion, so you’ve got beautiful, dramatic scene, and everything is crystal-clear, which makes for a really dramatic, cool feel to an image,” says Anderson. Watch this video to learn how an ELV 400 and Hi-Sync Head were employed in this dramatic and dangerous shoot.
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    Skyport Transmitter Pro For Sony


    The Elinchrom Skyport Transmitter Pro for Sony represents the latest evolution in Elinchrom's venerable wireless ecosystem. It combines compatibility with three generations of transceivers and flash heads with cutting edge features like Hi-Sync flash sync speeds up to 1/8000 sec two way visual feedback and TTL with Manual Lock.

    Two Way Visual Feedback Interface
    The large LCD display of the Skyport HS features two-way control via a Visual Feedback Interface that lets you see the exact power of every light in your setup right on the transmitter. The individual strobes show up automatically on the screen, and users can control each light's power level and modeling lamp settings directly from the Skyport transmitter or on the strobe itself, which instantly shows the updated power settings.

    Hi-Sync and HSS
    Go beyond the X-Sync of your camera with two different flash synchronisation technologies; Hi-Synch and HSS. Hi-Sync is optimised for power and while HSS is easier to use and more consistent. The Transmitter Pro uniquely integrates both Hi-Sync and HSS so photographers can simply access sync speeds up to 1/8000s to freeze motion, overpower the sun, darken backgrounds, or use a wider aperture for a shallow depth of field.

    Hi-Sync is only achievable with Hi-Sync enabled flash heads and the Transmitter Pro must be used in manual mode while HSS only works with TTL enabled units with the Transmitter pro in either manual or TTL mode.
    Note: both technologies may be used simultaneously when the Transmitter Pro is in manual mode. (ex. ELB 1200 with Hi-Sync + ELB 500 TTL with HSS)

    Impressive Wireless Range
    The Skyport Transmitter Pro has 20 channels and 4 groups that can be used for either Normal or Speed mode, and a wireless range of 656' outdoors and 196' indoors. Users can instantly distinguish what sync mode they are in since the backlit display glows green for normal sync mode, and red for speed sync mode.

    The Skyport Transmitter Pro is compatible with previous generations of Elinchrom flash units including the EL- Skyport Transceiver RX module for Style RX, Digital RX, and Ranger RX systems and the integrated EL-Skyport modules for the BRX, D-Lite RX, ELC Pro HD, and ELB series. The Skyport Transmitter Pro adds synchronization capability and two-way control functionality to all Elinchrom lights with EL-Skyport capability.

    User Updatable Firmware
    Designed to be a future proof, users can update the firmware of the Transmitter Pro via included mini usb cable. Current Skyport Plus HS owners can update to full Pro functionality via a free firmware update on

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