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Flash Duration: How to Avoid Blurred Flash Images

Posted On: Sep 11, 2019   |   Posted By: Peta Pixel

Flash Duration: How to Avoid Blurred Flash Images

‘Flash duration' isn't a very glamorous topic, but it's certainly something that every single photographer that uses flash should be aware of.
When we first learn photography, we are taught that ‘ flash freezes motion ', and although this is true, it is an extremely relative term. In this article we're going to look at exactly how frozen the motion actually is, and how we can limit that motion or movement in our shots as much as possible when using flash.
Take a look at the side by side shot below of me photographing some silver cake decorating balls falling onto a metal plate. Both of those images were taken with flash, but both display very different results. Your idea of ‘ frozen motion ' may be different to somebody else's.
Both images of metal balls in motion taken with flash, but both with very different results.
What is Flash Duration
Oddly this is a piece of information that is always simply assumed by many. Very few lighting companies ever explain it and when they do they simply quote a figure that...

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