Eadweard Muybridge is a well known photographer who earned the title as the father of stop-motion photography. He captured everything in motion and froze them with banks of cameras. The subjects he captures and freezes in motion include gymnasts, walking figures, dancers, etc.

Photographers who are keen to sharpen their skills at capturing motion in photography can get ideas and inspiration at Tate Britain’s major retrospective of his work. However, you will only need to have a flash set at strobe.

Photographing Golf Swings

Let’s say you wish to photograph a golfer in action – you want to photograph a golf swing.

To freeze that action, try recording about 20 to 50 positions that require you to use the flashgun. Also, make sure that the frequency of the flashgun is set to 20 to 50 flashes per second.

Avoid Over-Exposure

To refrain from the constant or static parts of your subjects from being over-exposed, you will have to ensure that your subject is moving across the frame. Otherwise, you can opt to rotate or adjust your camera to move relatively with the sensor.

3 Essential Flash Tips to Freeze Action

Tip #1 – Good flash units have a strobe setting feature which is indeed easy to use. Nonetheless, it’s advisable to have an instruction manual in hand when you first attempt to use it.

Tip #2 – Whenever possible, try to get hold of a dark background. This background setting will give the flash-lit subject the ability to stand out. Also, the probability of producing over-exposed photographs is reduced drastically.

Tip #3 – It will benefit your attempt to capture motion in photography up-close. Bear this in mind; the higher the flash unit’s frequency, the lower the power produced.