Photo Tip: Play with Shutter Speeds

Tristan Wrench Parkour

At our recent Parkour Photo Walk I was interested to see Werner Strauss’ approach to shooting the fast paced action using a slower shutter speed to better communicate the sense of speed and motion. A few weeks later I tried the same thing (partly by accident as I was not paying a lot of attention to the shutter speeds while still figuring out the Canon EOS 7D) and came across some great effects particularly when combined with the Nissin Di622 flash off camera. Sometimes it’s a good idea to break out of the “freeze the motion” mind set and pay around or experiment a bit. What do you think of the image above, do you think it would be as effective without the motion blur?