Seattle Central Creative Academy: Photography Assignment (Stop/Blur)

Stop/Blur is a challenge with hot lights, or continuous lighting.  Typically, when a flash is used for a photograph, two exposures are taken simultaneously: flash captures the subject and freezes it’s movement, where the shutter speed takes in the ambient light of the atmosphere.  But with hot flashes in a studio, you need enough lights to crank up the shutter speed for a moving subject.  For my shots, I kept the ISO at 100 to record maximum clarity and used five lights and a reflector to highlight the liquid.  My subject? The finest whiskey west of the Mississippi: Stranahan Colorado Whiskey.  Below is my pick, and the remaining at the end of the post are other experiments with the shot.

Location: SCCA Studios, Seattle, WA

Camera/Lens Specifics: Canon 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM

84mm, 1/400 sec at f/9.0, ISO 100, table mount.

Post: Adobe LR3 & PS5


  1. Nice. Thanks for sharing

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