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Chapter 5. Action Photography >  Project for Individual Study: Stop a Bullet

Project for Individual Study: Stop a Bullet

If you’re at all serious about photography, you’ve seen and, perhaps, studied those stroboscopic pictures of bullets stopped in mid-air, lightbulbs captured in the act of breaking, or droplets of milk frozen as they erupt from a bowl. Your project for this chapter is to explore the world of high-speed motion stopping. Your digital camera and a little ingenuity may be all you need. I’ll give you some tips to get started in this section.

Strobe photography takes advantage of the very brief exposure times afforded by electronic flashes. As I mentioned earlier in this chapter, the closer an automatic flash is to the subject, the shorter its exposure is likely to be. You might be amazed at the range of fast-moving objects that can be captured by a single exposure. Here are the key ingredients of your project:


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