You’ve got to move fast!

I’m running a workshop about “Movement in photography” on 4th Sep at the RPS in Bath.  You can book online here.  If it’s too close to the date to book online you can call them on +44 (0)1225 325733 and book by phone.

One of the things we are going to be covering on the day is the use of small electronic flash units (Speedlights) to stop movement, such as this dropped white cotton glove.


In the image above I used two Nikon flash units turned down to 1/128th power.  The flash duration at that power level is only about 1/40,000th of a second, so it’s easy to stop movement.  Each flash had a coloured gel on it, one red and one green.  In a darkened studio I set the shutter to Time and dropped the glove, triggering the flash with a radio flash trigger button in my hand.  It took a bit of practice to get the timing right…


Here are nine images from a number of drops with the glove at different stages of the fall.  I made a new blank image in Photoshop that was three times the width and height of each image.  I copied each image into the new image, and, using guides to get them aligned, made this array.  A black and white conversion made it less circus-like.  (I know they aren’t all the same way round!)  It’s a sort of homage to the Bechers.

Hope to see you there!

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