Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Trick Photography - Stroboscopic Photography Effect

A cool trick that you can do with an external flash is to take a long exposure shot, preferably in the dark (basically your aim is to light only the subject with the flash, there should not be anything else in the background to catch the light) and fire the flash multiple times on your subject while the exposure is taking place. You will end up with multiple instances of your subject.

Stroboscopic Photography Effect
Stroboscopic Photography Effect

Camera Settings

Manual Mode
Colour Space: Adobe  RGB
File Format: RAW
The exposure was  15 seconds at f/6.3 @ 100 ISO, 
White balance was set to flash 

Flash settings

Mode: Multi
No of flashes: 14
Frequency: 1Hz
Flash Power 1/8

Most modern flash units have a mode called Multi or Repeating Flash mode in which you have options to adjust variables such as the output level, how many Times it flashes, and the Frequency rate in Hertz. 

Stroboscopic Photography Effect
Stroboscopic Photography Effect

The same picture as above, converted to Black and White

For a detailed tutorial on how to do stroboscopic flash shots refer this post which we published earlier in our website. Stroboscopic Flash Photography .