The key to freeze Motion

Hello Dear reader!

My latest photoshoot was of a man that practices Muai Thai, and the purpose was to freeze the motion, and I was looking for a silhouette style, for this I needed to have a larger space and since it was not available I had to do it in the studio.

Usually for silhouette you have to have the background  backlighted and the person in the shadows, since I took this photos in the Studio and the background size was not very big, I lighted the background from both sides as evenly as possible, just leaving one of the sides slightly more intense so that I would only had shadows casted to one side.

Muai_Thai_Motion_Kurtis-150 at 72dpi

Then as the space was limited, I noticed that at the moment of the model going through the motions, he tended to go closer to the background and that lighted him partially, so after that I thought it was being really interesting as I could see in some of the photos his face, but also play with the shadows on his body, and I think that adds more interest to the images.

As for the light and to freeze action, is the flash that does the trick, and not the shutter speed as usually is, so I set up my shutter speed at 1/160 and then with the power of the light controlled how much I wanted to freeze the action, considering that the lower intensity of the light the more you freeze the action, but if you want to show some motion in certain areas, you can increase the power intensity.

Next week I will show you how to create images with two types of light: flash and painting with light, that in the past was done with a double exposure.

I look forward to hear your comments.


Greta Sanchez


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