4 Tips for Great High Speed Photography

High speed photography is sometimes called freezing fast motion, and this is used to give great photographic effects. It is not easy to take such shots, but it is possible. Using a scene of a balloon puncture as an example, here are some tips on how to achieve high speed photography.

1. Setup

The scene must be set up (black Bristol sheet is used for a backdrop). The equipment needed for high speed photography includes a microphone to help in synchronization, a camera with an exposure time of 1-2 seconds and an aperture with manual focus, giving off a flash of 1/16 power output.

2. Frame and Focus

To obtain the proper framing, zoom the camera until you are able to see the subject well. For a good focus, it can be obtained automatically or manually. However, you need to use manual mode so as to lock focus, least the camera focuses when the lights are off.

3. Testing

Now that all is set, test the lighting and setup of the scene. Remember that all lights are off and the shutter is set to light. Clap your hands to trigger the flash then check for framing, focus and exposure by reviewing the shot on the camera. If light amount needs to be corrected, there is a number of increasing or decreasing adjustments that can be done regarding the flash power output, camera aperture, ISO camera sensitivity and the balloon’s distance from the strobe.

4. Photo Shot

After all has been rectified, the photo is ready to be taken. It is done similarly as when testing, but clapping is replaced by the balloon puncturing using the needle. With the proper preparation, great results can be achieved with high speed photography.