Photography Techniques That Need Fast Shutter Speeds

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

Photo by David Pritchard. 


When you're tough to capture action, be it a bird flying, a car on a track or rapids in a river, you need quicker shutter speeds everyday use and in kinematics, the speed of an object is the magnitude of its velocity (the rate of change of its position); it is to ensure you don't miss the shot and in some berths quicker shutter speeds will help exaggerate the feeling of power and strength.

Here are five techniques ePHOTOzine have featured on site which you can use faster keep out speeds for.

1. Photographing Windsurfing

Head to the coast on a sunny day or even to your local reservoir and you'll probably find someone skimming along the first, holding onto a sail fasted to a windsurf board. The pros make it look easy and their jumps, turns and sheer speed pay for windsurfing a great photographic subject.

If you've not photographed windsurfers before try to find a reservoir where beginners practise as these will be in motion at a slower pace so will be easier to keep up with. If you do want to go after the pros you'll need to crank your shutter speeds up to ice up their movement and have your panning perfected before you arrive so you can keep them in shot.



2. Photographing Waterballoons

We all recall filling balloons up with water and throwing them like grenades, watching as they burst, sending a cascade of water gushing over our colleagues. Well now you get to reminisce, well for the first part anyway, as we use fast shutter speeds to capture the shower that explodes from a balloon fulfiled with water once it's burst.

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3. Sport Photography Tips

Jeff Cable, professional photographer and director of marketing at Lexar, allotments his sport photography tips. He explains why not only is it key to know the way the game is played, but how different sports also require certain camera settings and pump full of lead techniques, including faster shutter speeds, to capture the best moments.

Jeff Cable – Lexar.


4. Capturing Birds In Off

Ted Byrne talks in detail about capturing birds in flight. He covers many subjects including why he tries to use the fastest shutter speed workable when trying to freeze any movement.

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5. Making A Splash With High Speed Photography – Article One And Article Two

At ahead, the thought of dropping fruit into water doesn't sound all that photogenic but use a fast shutter speed and you'll soon start to generate interesting images.

Pictures by Simon Butcher



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Gina Stephens

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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