Satoki Nagata’s Combination of Street Photography And Shutter Drag

Mar 27, 2013

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

Satoki Nagata’s Combination of Street Photography And Shutter Drag

Mar 27, 2013

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

Join the Discussion

Share on:

Satoki Nagata’s Lights in Chicago project is on the verge between street photography (as the candid type we know) and adding a carefully positioned off camera strobe to the scene.

Satoki Nagata's Combination of Street Photography And Shutter Drag

By combining a long shutter drag with a pop of a strobe positioned directly behind the subject, Satoki photographs double exposure like images.

Satoki Nagata's Combination of Street Photography And Shutter Drag

We asked Satoki about his inspiration and motivation for the project:

I have been doing intensive documentary projects and some of them are very hard in physically as well as mentally so I occasionally enjoy doing street photography. In addition, we have dark, long winter in Chicago and I decided to use flash on streets. I did some using flash on camera, or flash on hand, but these images were not so exciting to me. I wanted to do something new. Then idea came up that I will use off flash on stand, using radio transmitter and receiver, just like studio photography. Then I happened to find interesting effects when I flash person from behind and use slow shutter speed as you can see on my images.

Transparent effect using this technique is visually interesting, but most importantly for me as an artist, the images using this effect convey the feelings of winter of Chicago very well. Then I started the project of “Lights in Chicago.”

Satoki Nagata's Combination of Street Photography And Shutter Drag

While the rusults are indeed visually interesting, the technique is simpler that what one would imagine:

The technique I am using is very simple and I like its simplicity. I am using wireless transmitter and receiver. All settings of camera and flash are adjusted by manually. Flash is on stand. The shutter speed will be set to 1/2-1/15th sec depend on what kind of effect I want.

Satoki Nagata's Combination of Street Photography And Shutter Drag

Satoki Nagata's Combination of Street Photography And Shutter Drag

Satoki Nagata's Combination of Street Photography And Shutter Drag

Satoki Nagata's Combination of Street Photography And Shutter Drag

Satoki Nagata's Combination of Street Photography And Shutter Drag

Satoki Nagata's Combination of Street Photography And Shutter Drag

Satoki Nagata's Combination of Street Photography And Shutter Drag

Satoki Nagata's Combination of Street Photography And Shutter Drag

[Lights in Chicago | Satoki Nagata]

Filed Under:

Tagged With:

Find this interesting? Share it with your friends!

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

Join the Discussion

DIYP Comment Policy
Be nice, be on-topic, no personal information or flames.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

9 responses to “Satoki Nagata’s Combination of Street Photography And Shutter Drag”

  1. osc707 Avatar
    osc707

    these are great! Thanks for sharing

  2. Ed Pereira Avatar
    Ed Pereira

    Amazing! I will have to try this out…hope someone can watch my strobe though, don’t want it being thieved!

    1. Eikichigai Avatar
      Eikichigai

      If your strobe disappears, keep popping it with the remote trigger. You’ll find the culprit soon enough. It’ll be the guy who looks like Pikachu in all-out battle. :)

  3. DGVeLab Avatar
    DGVeLab

    Gran belle foto. Complimenti un bel progetto.

  4. anony mouse Avatar
    anony mouse

    One of the best things I’ve seen on photo blogs in a long time.

  5. Matt Haines Avatar
    Matt Haines

    I think this could be used well with wedding reception photos as well. The black and white makes it more graphic and dramatic. Gonna try it on my next wedding!

    1. udi tirosh Avatar
      udi tirosh

      Man, I would love to see that. Be nice, drop us a note :)

  6. Motors Avatar
    Motors

    good)

  7. Katie Avatar
    Katie

    You can find Satoki’s beautiful photographs for sale on Cureeo.com!