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Old 12-15-2007   #1
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I was asked if I could stop action while photographing students and instructors [FONT='Trebuchet MS','sans-serif']demonstrating [/FONT]martial arts moves. I tried one way for a few test shots and wasn't impressed. The lighting wasn't the best so I put the flash at full power and set the camera at 1/250 and iso to 400 and even 800. Each time the shots were blurred because of the speed of the punches and kicks.

While reading another post here on broad lighting vs short lighting, It came to me that I was thinking about the solution from the wrong angle. Before setting up the flashes (I brought the White Lightning Strobes this time), I put the camera on iso 100, I used a shutter speed of 1/60 to 1/250 and set my aperture to 5.6 - 6.3. I took a test shot and found it to be quite dark... just what I was shooting for. I then kept increasing the flash power for my main until I got [FONT='Trebuchet MS','sans-serif']acceptable[/FONT] exposure. I then added in the fill flash. In doing this I used the flash to stop the action instead of trying to stop it with shutter speed. Instead of thinking in the terms of the room needed "more light", I reversed my thought to say there was too much light and I need to cut it back. Thanks to all in the other thread that got me thinking outside of the box.

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Nicely done, glad the other thread helped. How'd you end up dimming the room? Or did you use an ND filter instead?
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I didn't actually dim the room, I just underexposed it and cranked up the strobes.
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You made the duration of the flash – between 1/500th and 1/20,000th – to be the effective shutter speed. And that stopped them cold. Well done.
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You made the duration of the flash between 1/500th and 1/20,000th to be the effective shutter speed. And that stopped them cold. Well done.
Exactly, I gues the White Lightning come in at about 1/5000. Reducing the abient light via camera settigns prevents blur from motion after the flash.
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#4, 5, and 6 are awsome!

Thanks for the thread - it's help something "click" for me - trying to "freeze" 3 year olds!!!
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If you come up with something interesting, post it here. Thanks for the comments.
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great shots russ! sharp and full of action1 especially like the way you posted your thgout process during the shoot! there are no problems, only creative solutions! (dont rember who said that one)
btw, are they practicing some capuerra, there are some high flying kicks in there
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great shots russ! sharp and full of action1 especially like the way you posted your thgout process during the shoot! there are no problems, only creative solutions! (dont rember who said that one)
btw, are they practicing some capuerra, there are some high flying kicks in there
Thank you for the comments. Not sure what they are exactly what they do there. From what i understand they are all happy with the session and we'll be setting up a few more through next year.
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Great shots Russell!

This is MUCH cooler than "stand in front of the background" pics.

I always get a blank stare when I tell students they can freeze action with flash. It does work.


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