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Old 12-11-2003, 11:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I would like a little insight on "dragging the shutter" not for the purpose of allowing in more light, but for providing motion blur in a properly focused picture.

I have to shoot a Plastic surgeons office, and thought a nice technique would be to "drag the shutter" to get a different look for his website, something different then the standard lame ass snap shots of the reception area. I have subjects in the surgery room, or in the reception area to my disposal. So I was interested in giving this a shot.

The reception area, I do have available light...

So my question to properly pull some of these shots off, do I totally eliminate using strobes and just go with natural light? Or can it be done with strobes too? What kind of shutter speed am I looking at? Aperture setting etc...any insight would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 12-11-2003, 02:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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that you are interested in motion...i would use 1/30 or 1/15 and second curtain sync with the strobes to freeze the subject...

shutter speed is going to depend on alot of things that you are already aware of...

second curtain sync is the main thing to show blur in the correct direction, i.e. moving behind the subject and not in front of it..

hope this helps Jeff.
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Old 12-11-2003, 06:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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orlphoto is right. 2nd-curtain is important otherwise (if you use strobe) stuff will look like it is moving backwards.

I would say to use strobes because if you don't, the whole image will be a blur but at least with a strobe you can capture both motion blur and a static image of the subject. Also, motion blur can get easily overdone (especially with telephoto) so just move a little bit to get (at least the generic) motion blur look.

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Old 12-11-2003, 07:08 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The thing is, in order for their to be a blur, something has to move in the shot. Either a person or the background, and you have to use strobe to make something crisp and standout against the blur. I did something like this once when I was hired to shoot a produce warehouse (don't ask - it was a long time ago). I did one shot on a loading dock with a slow shutter (probably about 1/4 or 1/2 second) with the f-stop adjusted for the speed. Then I had a worker with a hand-truck full of boxes move through the shot, and lit him with a stobe balanced for that same f-stop. So...... he blurred (motion) in the shot to the point where the strobe was fired, as which point he became sharp, while the backgound stayed sharp. (Wish I could find the film to show you, it looked great). If you wanted to do it in reverse, you would probably have to do it all with ambient light, and you'd have to pan the camera with the worker, so the worker stayed sharp while the background blurred. You could also strobe him, but you'd still have to pan to blur the background. It will take a few exposures to get it right, but if you're not doing it on digital, I'd take a few Polaroids first.

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try a little zooming as you shoot with a slow shutter speed....especially if you are digital.

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