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Hi-speed Photography tutorial by xxsimplicity Hi-speed Photography tutorial by xxsimplicity
So this is my first try at a photography tutorial so I would love feedback if you do try this. I did a presentation for my class on hi-speed photography and then decided I wanted to share it with you guys too.
If you follow this tutorial the steps should be easy to follow, but let me know if you have problems and I will help you.
This kind of photography is really easy to do, just time consuming. I think every photographer should give it a try, you can get amazing results! My splash picture and thumb tacks pictures were made using these steps.

This tutorial is copy right to me, Lynnea Parker. Please do not claim them as your own.

*you can also download this tutorial.
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ceemarie89 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for sharing this!! :)
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samantha2048 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
Great!
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HelloMissPaige Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
I love this. I currently am experimenting with aperture, shutter speed, etc, so this is a really helpful tutorial. Thanks so much! c:
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xxsimplicity Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Yay! I am happy that this tutorial is still helping people. I am considering making an updated version, since I have learned more about this kind of photography over the years.
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HelloMissPaige Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
You should. (:
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HelloMissPaige Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
I'm gonna have to try the water thing verrrry soon. It's a genius idea and a great tutorial...I've always wondered how people get photos like that.
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FTW-Cassy Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
boo-tee-ful! :"D thanks for the tutorial! I've been home sick with nothing to do, so i'll try it now!!
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Emma-Lawlor Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
This is a really great tutorial, I can't wait to try it out ) I just have one problem with this though:

"for sharp, solid images, you will need ISO 1600". This is wrong - the higher the ISO, the more quality you lose from the photo. It's more grainy/lots of noise. The only reason you'd ever use it is when it's too dark, when there's not enough light available and a flash is of no use. But during daytime, or with plenty of light sources, the lower the ISO the better. It's recommended to not go above 400 ISO as this is where the noise/grain starts to get noticeable. The lower the ISO, the sharper the image. Just for people who are learning about how to use their camera for the first time, this would really confuse them - a higher shutter speed would prevent the blur, not a higher ISO.

I'm going to try this set-up first thing tomorrow! Thanks for this! :)
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xxsimplicity Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I totally agree with you, but when I was using the Nikon D40 at the time, I needed the extra ISO to get the sharper shots, otherwise my shutter just was not fast enough. Now that I have a Nikon D90 I don't need to use such a High ISO. Also, I don't use any professional lighting and just use desk lamps from around the house, so that is a factor. Have fun and I hope it helps you out!
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Fairlex Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much for this tutorial! :dalove: I'll try it with my Nikon D40, hopefully with some time and effort, it'll work. :D
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Dina-n1 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh thank u soo much really wanderful tutorial
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nazgul07 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009  Student Photographer
thank you thank you thank you so much for this tutorial!!!
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xxsimplicity Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
No problem! :)
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bl2d7 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
i'm sendig you 500$ for this tutorial thank you so much
just kiddin' about the 500$ :)
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xxsimplicity Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
You got me lol.
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MadeInHeaven-Rabbit Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2009
Very cool! Thank you very much!))))
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wallpaperchen Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009
oh thank you for help!
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xxsimplicity Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
No problem ;)
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HenryTriplette Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
Gaak!1600 iso for sharp pictures?Or 100 iso? mumble...mumble...
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xxsimplicity Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
yes, It was 1600 ISO which is really high but depending on your camera's capabilities and the lighting you have, going lower shouldn't be a problem in most cases. I have a Nikon d90 now so my ISO settings might very compared to the D40 I had when I made this tutorial.
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HenryTriplette Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009
Gaak!Yap!Well...a d90 is a very nice camera! =3

I wrote my comment only because your picture was really sharp,and if I dare to take a pic with my camera with a iso over 400,the picture tends to be too soft..Just my idea,btw.

More love! =3
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xxsimplicity Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh, :) well thanks. If you need any help with this just let me know. I do some Photoshop processing to my images which helps.
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HenryTriplette Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009
Gaak!Well...I usually run dfine 2.0 on the image to clear stuff up and then I work with the dynamic range of the pic and the color curves to do my fics,like the example above:
[link] Before

[link] After


Gaak!And you? how do you get rid of unwanted noise? =3
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xxsimplicity Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I did use Photoshop with the nik software a while ago but right now I am using Paint shop pro X2 and it works good too. It has a noise reduction system that works. It isn't as accurate as the Define program though.
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Jake2k Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009
Great tut! Gives me something else to do with my home made lightroom haha.

Is the photo of the lamp in the tut an HDR o_O lol
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xxsimplicity Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks, I hope it works out for you! :) The picture of the lamp isn't a HDR, the lighting was just good.
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fleetingdawn Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009
Wonderful tutorial! :D
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xxsimplicity Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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PhotoLust Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2008
This tutorial has been collected in *PhotoLust's favourites gallery (home of loads of brilliant tutorials) and has also been featured in December's journal. Thanks for making such a great resource!
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xxsimplicity Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks so much! I really appreciate it :)
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brian873 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2008
hi i used your tutorial today... here [link]

need more practice on the timing :)
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xxsimplicity Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for trying out my tutorial! For a first time that is a great shot. :)
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Freggoboy Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Very good and teaching tutorial.
Just two questions though, what camera are you using and is the flash you mention an internal or external one?
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xxsimplicity Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Well I use internal flash because it does the job really well. You could probably use external flashes without a problem, might even work better actually. Try doing both and see if you like the differences.

As for the camera I use, I have a Nikon D40 which is a SLR. This type of photography will work with any SLR camera, I won’t suggest using a point and shoot because noise and shutter lag would be a problem.

Thanks for the questions :)
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Freggoboy Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh, great. Then my D60 will work just as good as your camera. :)
Thanks for the answers. :wave:
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firest0rm Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooohh... a tutorial!

I think it's just an all-around good thing when artists do tutorials: makes the artist look smart, and makes everybody else get smarter!
:reading: :idea:

In this specific case, I know the artist is very smart, and I also think she did an exceptional job of the tutorial layout.

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(I've never used so many emoticons in a comment...)
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xxsimplicity Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks so much! :)
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