Getting Started In High Speed Photography Without Breaking Your Budget

high-speed-tutorialIt takes a larger than usual pile of money to purchase all the gear a lot of professionals use for high speed photography. In many of our realities, the chance of us ever owning a Broncolor lighting setup is relatively slim. The good news is, you don’t really need a Broncolor to get started in business of high speed photography.

As the DigitalRev team demonstrates for us in the classically humorous video tutorial you’ll see below, you can still manage to pull off some pretty interesting shots using relatively basic gear. Armed with nothing more than a Canon 550D, a cheap 50mm 1.8 lens, a Canon 600 EX RT, and a Triggertrap Mobile Dongle they are able to capture some pretty sweet colored powder shots plus, they get to smash stuff with a gold club in the process.  [Read more...]

Watch Beautiful Flowers Get Annihilated By A .22 Caliber At 1,000 Frames Per Second

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If there is one thing I can appreciate more than the beauty of a flower in full bloom, it’s watching one get blown into oblivion right in front of my eyes. As crass as that may seem, it will make complete sense once you feast your eyes on this high speed footage Daniel Hurst filmed on a Phantom HD Gold camera. Take a look as he invites us into his studio with some behind the scenes footage of the entire process. [Read more...]

Scientists Announce Worlds Fastest Camera, Capable of Capturing 4.4 Trillion Frames Per Second

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No, that’s not a typo. A team of 12 scientists from The University of Tokyo and Keio University, have developed a camera that is capable of capturing 4.4 trillion frames per second using a technology called Sequentially Timed All-optical Mapping Photography (STAMP) according to a release posted on Nature.com. According to the team, STAMP makes it possible for their camera to outperform current high speed cameras by achieving capture rates that are 1,000 times faster than any other known camera.

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Move Over Schlieren, Scientists Are Upping The Sound Wave Photography Ante

Okay, Schlieren photography is still pretty awesome. I’m actually still quite fascinated with our ability to photograph sound waves. I also love that I can do it myself for less than $10.  But, this project announcement from MIT is pretty wicked, too. Scientists from Microsoft, MIT, and Adobe have developed a way to use similar science to recover the audio from images taken using high speed cameras and even a prosumer level DSLR.

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How To Build A 22 Gallon High Speed Photography Studio

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High speed photography has a tendency to be messy (broken glass, water and other flying debris) and potentially dangerous (guns, and that flying debris again). However it’s the need for darkness which can prove to be the biggest problem. Having built a high-speed laser trigger, I needed a way of actually using it to take some photos. This presented me with a puzzle, as I work in an open plan office and have small children at home. Neither lend themselves to blacked-out rooms, flying shards of glass and small arms. The solution I came up with manages to solve all of these problems and more, and is I think worth trying even by those who are lucky enough to have access to real studios.

My inspiration was the film changing bag, which is simply a light-proof bag with elasticated holes for arms. This is great for times when you need complete darkness but don’t have a darkroom, such as when you’re loading a film into a developing tank. Clearly a bag would be no use here, but perhaps a box would do. I looked at the large, black recycling boxes that we have around here and thought they may be on the right track. A quick search on Amazon for the largest black plastic box I could find turned up this 84 litre (22 gallon) beauty, complete with lid for £21 ($37). It sits comfortably on my desk, and is easily stored underneath it.

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This Extensive Tutorial Will Show You Everything You Need To Know About High Speed Photography

Maurice Ribble, the maker behind CameraAxe,  probably one of the higher authorities on high speed photography today just released one of the most extensive lectures on high speed photography that I have seen to date.

It is not a fancy video like we are used to, but rather a slide based lecture, but nevertheless the information there is priceless.

It goes from the very most trivial question of “what is high speed photography” to some basic concepts like why you want to use a strobe to freeze the action using a strobe and not a high shutter speed. Maurice is then doing a few extensive how-to tutorials on drops and balloons and ending with some fancy setups using uber powerful (and slightly dangerous) air gap strobes. [Read more...]

Invisible Waves: NPR Science Video Shows Exactly What Sound Looks Like

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Back in the mid-1800s, August Toepler gave us a way to be able to look at sound. Not synthetically visualize it- but actually be able to look at it. His invention was called Schilieron Flow Visualization; by implementing the complex technique into your camerawork, you’ll actually be able to see waves. Whether it’s the waves made from the snap of your fingers, or the waves from the hiss of an opened Pepsi bottle- you can see the noise they make. And NPR released a video that shows you how its done.

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Beautiful High Speed Photographs of Ink and Water

Italian graphic designer and photographer Alberto Seveso was fascinated by the art on album covers of heavy metal albums and skateboard plates. and decided to create similar art by pouring ink into water.

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By using specific ink consistency and a dedicated pouring process Alberto creates these images. While often the end result is careful planned, a lot of the process was discovered by a chain of creative mistakes. It is pretty cool to see how Alberto celebrates those mistakes.

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Watching A Ball Hit Glass At 10,000,000 FPS Is Like Stopping Time

Over the years we featured quite a bit of slo-mo footage, but I think that this one breaks the record with an astounding 10 million (10,000,000) FPS movie of a small ball hitting glass.

The camera is so fast that it looks as if the ball is not even moving.

The movie was created with the HyperVision HPV-X Camera of Shimadzu. If you were wondering, the camera (including the power unit) weighs about 11.5 kilos and can only take 256 conservative photos @ a horrible resolution of 400×250 at that mode.

[via SPLOID]