Discussion in 'Beyond the Basics' started by kk03fttw, Aug 18, 2004.
How do I get this effect? Do I lower shutter speed? If so how far down?
Hey im not positive, but i think it was just because it was night out so when the flash went off it froze the skateboarder and before the shutter closed there was still enough light to cause the blur.
Yes, lower the shutter speed. I'd start at about 1/15th of a sec and work my way to about 1/2 sec, maybe even a second. The effect there is a standard flash effect. Flash goes off as soon as the shutter opens, freezing the main subject, then the rest is blurred in the direction the subject was heading.
To get more of a forward motion effect, rear curtain sync flash is needed. That's basically where the flash goes off on the tail end of your exposure time, getting the blur behind the subject, then freezing the action as the shutter closes. Gives it more more of a natural flow of direction.
Not knowing what camera you're using, I don't know if the rear curtain thing is available to you. But you can still get the above effect with any camera that has a flash for the most part.
The skateborder is sharp, but the board is not. I suspect photoshop.
exactly I agree with Matt, I was thinking about this photo for a while and somethink was wrong for me. I don't get why we don't se the slide of a guy on a board. There must have been a computer usage in this photo
i think its multiple exposures.
Rear curtain or second curtain flash sync.
So we have a problem now... almost everyone says somethink different... hey guys! decide!
I think I'll try all suggested methods, but I'm a bit afraid about my friend who is going to "pose" in SUCH a photos
It could be PS, but if you are wanting to do it in camera it's rear-curtain slow sync. Very easy to do, probably easier than PS.
Ok, the fact that many assume immediatly that this is photoshop is very detrimental to photography. This is a very possible, very easy effect to do with a flash (i would actually guess the photo to be taken with a studio light that burst about halfway through the exposure.), tripod, and long shutter speed. So, lets say i set up my lighting how I want it, and have my subject do a few test runs to find out where to point my viewfinder, and to gauge how long the exposure time needs to be. Flash is a very useful way to stop motion. So the boarder does his slide, I open the shutter, wait a split second, fire my flash, the exposure finishes. You can see that there is blur on both sides of the sharp board. A wide angle lens was used, which probably accounts for not as much blur showing up on our boarder.
Thats how I see it. Photoshop is a good tool, but by far not an end all tool.
I know about the rear curtain slow flash technique but this doesn't look like it.
The blurring is too area specific. What is it about the front of the board that caused blurring but kept the rest of the action in focus? The front of the board doesn't look significantly brighter than anything else to me. In fact his T-shirt looks the brightest bit of the photo so it should be blurred too.
I'd say this was definitely PS.
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