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Thursday, August 2, 2007

High Speed Photography

This is just a quick post to show you the opposite of my previous post. In the last post (Working with Slow Shutter Speeds), you learned how to leave the shutter open longer to expose the camera to more light and create photographs that show the passing of time.

High speed photography can be used to capture very fast motion, while still giving a clear picture (see the example at the end of the post).

This time, instead of increasing the amount of time you leave the shutter open, decrease it (something like 1/1000th of a second). Again, the camera will adjust the other settings for you, if possible.

You can use this to take pictures like this:

I used a 1/2500th of a second exposure time for this one, and I barely got it in time (it's near impossible to photograph a humming bird; they zip around too much).

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