Sunday, November 18, 2012

How To Stop Motion In Your Photographs

Here is a quick follow up to How To Show Motion In Your Photographs. Instead of showing the movement, I will explain how to freeze movement. This is a very basic photographic principal.
Ball Defying Gravity - Hesperia, California
Just like with showing motion, stopping motion depends on the shutter speed. You need a quick shutter speed to freeze the motion onto the image. How fast the shutter needs to be depends on how fast the object you are photographing is moving and how close you are to it.
What Lies Ahead - Tehachapi, California
You either need bright light (such as normal daylight) or you need a flash. It is difficult to stop motion in dim light. The faster and closer the object is, the more light you will need.
Crossing The Tracks - Flagstaff, Arizona
Discovering just how quick the shutter needs to be will take practice since each situation will be different. In some cases you may find that 1/125 shutter is plenty fast. Other times 1/1000 may be required. Experiment, and learn from each try.
Red Ball Throw - Tehachapi, California
In most situations, it is easier to freeze the movement than to show the movement. In the majority of cases, you will naturally stop the motion because you are typically dealing with bright-light (daytime) situations. Even if you didn't know why, most likely you already have many such photographs in your possession.

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