5 High-Speed Photography Tips You Need to Learn Now


Welcome back to the Liv Ahwatukee Blog! Last month, we shared a few tips on photographing the different elements. Today, we’re kicking off the month with some high-speed photography tips.

High-speed photography can capture moments unseen to the human eye, like the impact of a bullet as it passes through glass, the bursting of a water balloon, or even the rising of a splash of water. High-speed photography is sure to leave anyone with a sense of wonder, and quite honestly it’s not too difficult to get right. Here are five high-speed photography tips you need to know if you want to take some pretty amazing shots. Whether inside or outside of your apartment in Phoenix, Arizona, invite some friends over to capture an unforgettable moment.

Keep it Dark

For great high-speed photography shots, consider using a dark room. The darker the room, the better. You might be surprised how much clearer the shots come out as you use the flash in this setting. If there is any other source of light in the room, be aware that it can affect the resulting photograph with unwanted blurring.

Choose the Correct Shutter Speed

High-speed photography requires freezing a subject so that its motion is stopped. Choosing too slow of shutter speed will make it difficult for your camera to keep up with the motion, and therefore can result in blurred images. Depending on your subject, you’ll want to choose a shutter speed that matches its motion. When practicing high-speed photography, take a few pictures and then try adjusting the shutter speed to see if you get better results.

Use the Flash

One of the best ways to begin exploring the different possibilities of high-speed photography is using the flash on your camera. Being a great alternative to shutter speeds, using a low power flash can stop almost any object. But keep this in mind: low is for faster objects and high is for slower objects.

Try the Zoom Method

This can be a pretty effective method when working with high-speed photography. For this method, start with a slower shutter speed. Keeping the camera level, begin to zoom and then hold down the button to open the shutter. Zoom during the entire shot. Try playing around with different shutter speeds. Once you feel comfortable with this, try it with a moving vehicle. The added zoom gives an extra feeling of motion in the final shot, and we’ve seen some pretty fantastic photos come out of it.

Use a Shallow Depth of Field

Setting the lens of your camera to its widest aperture can leave a great effect on high-speed photography. If this is something that you’re seriously considering getting into, it’d be worth an investment in a lens that opens to f2.8. Choosing a wide aperture creates a shallow depth of field, putting the focus on the subject while blurring the background.

Have you taken some cool high-speed photos? Share your experience in the comments below. Thanks for reading today’s post!

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