Shoot a stro­bo­scopic se­quence

Digital Photograper - - Creative Sport & Action -

Flash fir­ing rate and out­put must both be con­sid­ered for suc­cess­ful images. Pho­tog­ra­pher Carlos Ramirez (cf-03.com) ex­plains his work­flow

© CARLOS RAMÍREZ

Fenc­ing

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.

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