Recently I posted a photo on my Instagram, where I did some high speed photography.
And I got an amazing response from everyone, I also received a fair amount of question like..
- How I clicked that picture?
- What was the shutter speed?
- What was the Aperture?
- What was the ISO?
- How to do high speed photography with any camera?
- How to do high speed photography without any external Flash?
- Which Lens to use for high speed photography?
- Can you give me some tips on High Speed photography?
I’m writing this post, to try answering all of your questions..Doesn’t matter if you’re a pro, learner or just curious.
I’ll try to explain how I did high speed photography in the most easiest way possible.
You can also call it High speed photography tutorials or high speed photography lessons for dummies.
So I’ll start from scratch…
Thing you need :
- A Basic DSLR/SLR or a Camera with Manual mode
- A ball or a balloon
- And some water
Light settings :
You do not need any external flash or external light if you’re clicking the pictures outdoor. The sunlight is more than enough. I would suggest you click the picture in the afternoon when the sun is at its brightest.
I had clicked this picture outdoor at 2 PM when I had plenty of sunlight. I had used my Canon 60D with Canon EF 50mm F/1.4 USM Prime Lens for Canon DSLR Camera to click this picture.
“I would suggest you to go get a 50 mm f/1.4 prime lens if you’re really into photography. This lens has become my most favorite lens. Using it extensively for it’s compact size, solid build, fast focus and sharp picture. I own other lenses too, however this is almost permanently mounted on my camera. Rather than going for f/1.8 add some more money and go for f/1.4 the results are really fantastic.”
I Dipped the ball in a bucket full of water and told my friend to spin it, So that i can see the water droplets in motion.
First I told him to stand Directly under the sunlight, So that I can use high shutter speed.
Shutter speed is responsible for creating dramatic effects by either freezing action or blurring motion.
Shutter speed, also known as “exposure time”, stands for the length of time a camera shutter is open to expose light into the camera sensor.
If the shutter speed is fast, it can help to freeze action completely, as seen in the above photo.
If the shutter speed is slow, it can create an effect called “motion blur” or”Long exposure”, where moving objects appear blurred along the direction of the motion.
I changed the setting of my camera to Shutter priority, which is TV on Canon and S on Nikon.
Shutter priority mode as obvious as it sounds it its used when you need to control shutter speed and don’t care (much) about aperture.
You just determine the shutter speed you want, and the camera automatically adjusts the aperture to maintain the correct exposure.
Keep you camera on Continuous shooting or Burst mode So that when you press and hold the shutter button, photographs will be taken at a speed of 4.5 shots per second. And you won’t miss a frame.
For this shot I kept the shutter speed to 1/1250 You can keep it whatever you want as long as it’s above 1000.
I kept my ISO on AUTO, with ISO on AUTO I could change the shutter speed any time I want without having to worry about the exposure. I found AUTO ISO mode very convenient when the lighting conditions keeps on changing and you want to achieve the perfect exposure and also when you’re doing high speed photography. You can change your shutter speed as much as you want while getting the perfect exposure .
Now you know the camera settings for high speed photography..
Now let’s start clicking.
Tell your friend to hold the ball in front of the frame and Focus on it once you lock your focus on the ball or your object, change your focus to Manual. And tell him to spin it and start clicking.
You might not be successful in your first attempt, but you’ll surely be successful in your other attempts..
As Henri Cartier-Bresson said
“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.”
But don’t give up easily, keep trying new thing, keep experimenting, Keep practicing you’ll surely master the technique…
After a few failed attempts I got the perfect shot
You can also do the same technique on a water balloon..
For every perfect shot there are a millions of failed attempt..
Now, what are you waiting for? Go out and do some High speed photography!!
And also let me now your Doubts/ Queries/ Experience/ Attempts in the comments section below.
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Happy clicking 🙂