With so many ways to be creative in photography, I get really excited with many ideas for a photograph. One area I find very interested is sports action photography, but with a twist. It’s great to capture that split-second moment and have that frame frozen, but I wanted to explore capturing the motion and freezing the action all in one go. Above you can watch the video of me using this technique with some karate students.
Some people prefer to use continuous light and some prefer strobes, but if you combine the two you get a certain kind of magic. The continuous light gives you the smearing effect you would get from dragging the shutter, while the strobe will freeze the action. Photographer Erik Christian used that fact to create compelling portraits for a local newspaper annual basketball all-stars piece.
Have you ever had a dream shot that you wanted to do but could never do it? I think it has been more than a year since I wanted to do a shoot where I could shoot in the middle of the road with cars passing by and had my model lit by my flash.
Recently I was contacted by Innovatronix the maker of Tronix Explorer Battery Packs and they offered to let me use their battery packs and it was the moment I was waiting for to do my Dream Shot. In this article I will do a review on the Tronix Explorer 500Li and a step-by-step explanation on how I got my dream shot.
I have never tried to do this shoot, where security may kick me out, because I only had 2 speedlights for outdoor use and the recycling time wouldn’t be enough if I was in a hurry that’s why the Tronix Explorer 500Li was the perfect battery pack for the job.
Before even going in the middle of the street to shoot I needed to prep up and do my research so that the shoot would go as smooth and as quick as possible.
My friend wanted to shoot ballet dancers and had a “peg” that she wanted to do. She wanted to show the flow of the movement of the dancers but also stop motion so their faces can be seen. I really like new challenges because it gets me thinking again and it pushes me to research and practice new techniques.
A participant in one of my workshops asked me about taking a photo of their iPhone while using an off-camera flash. The main problem he had was that he couldn’t see the iPhone’s screen when using a flash.
So for this week’s article I am going to talk about dragging the shutter – or in layman’s term – how-to or why-to lower your shutter speed while using a flash. I will show different scenarios so you can better understand much how (and why/when) to do this.[Read More…]