Photography Techniques That Need Fast Shutter Speeds

Photography Techniques That Need Fast Shutter Speeds - Here are some of the techniques we've featured on site that you need quick shutter speeds for.

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Photo by David Pritchard. 


When you're trying to capture action, be it a bird flying, a car on a track or rapids in a river, you need quicker shutter speeds to ensure you don't miss the shot and in some situations 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 shutter 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 water, holding onto a sail fasted to a windsurf board. The pros make it look easy and their jumps, turns and sheer speed make windsurfing a great photographic subject.

If you've not photographed windsurfers before try to find a reservoir where beginners practise as these will be moving 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 freeze their movement and have your panning perfected before you arrive so you can keep them in shot.


Wind Surfer


2. Photographing Waterballoons

We all remember filling balloons up with water and throwing them like grenades, watching as they burst, sending a cascade of water gushing over our friends. 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 filled with water once it's burst.



3. Sport Photography Tips

Jeff Cable, professional photographer and director of marketing at Lexar, shares 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 shooting techniques, including faster shutter speeds, to capture the best moments.

Phelps Swimming

Jeff Cable - Lexar.

4. Capturing Birds In Flight

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

Birds In Flight
Ted Byrne -

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

At first, 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 produce interesting images.

High Speed Photography In Water

Pictures by Simon Butcher


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