Shoot a stroboscopic sequence
Flash firing rate and output must both be considered for successful images. Photographer Carlos Ramirez (cf-03.com) explains his workflow
High flash counts and frequencies combine to create abstract compositions
Create your composition Decide on the number of stages you want to appear in your shot and set the appropriate number of flashes (measured in Hertz) on your flash.
Calculate movement duration Place the athlete or model on your set, practise their movement and then measure the duration of the action.
Work out exposure Use a meter to set the power of your speedlight or strobes, based on the duration of the movement. each burst will be perfectly exposed based on that.
Arrange subject in image Switch to manual. Set the exposure duration based on the length of the movement you want to capture and f/no based on the meter reading.
Shoot, review and repeat Start shooting and practise the synchronisation with the athlete. It takes both patience and practice to achieve the desired final result.
Keep your shot steady Put the camera on a sturdy tripod and connect a shutter release to avoid any kind of movement and improve sharpness.