The key points to shooting these images are as follows:
- Set the camera up on a tripod and use a long exposure time of around 3-4 seconds
- The exposure time will be determined by the strobe settings on the flash.
- The first setting is the number of times the flash fires, the second is the interval between flashes. From this you can work out your camera exposure time.
- In this shoot, the model is shot out of black and carrying light sticks, with wirelessly controlled flashes. She dances across the backdrop to give a sense of motion to the image.
- The flashguns are set on fairly low power with one attached to a soft-box, directly overhead the model’s path.
- As the shutter opens, the model begins her dance. The flash fires several times, freezing her in several positions along her track and creating a very interesting image.
RJ Hidson’s big tip here is to carry a flashgun wherever you go, their power and versatility can allow you to capture shots you would have otherwise missed.
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