How to Freeze Time/Stop Time

Freezing time or stopping time

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How to Freeze Time/Stop Time
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Freezing time/Stopping time is a photographic technique of stopping action in a singular moment of time. That moment must be small enough that the subject appears with no blur, as if frozen in time.

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Doing so can capture incredible moments of unexpected action.  Because we experience life as 1 continuous stream of time, seeing what happens at any one moment when stopped reveals unexpected beauty.

Doing so can capture incredible moments of unexpected action. Because we experience life as 1 continuous stream of time, seeing what happens at any one moment when stopped reveals unexpected beauty.

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Photographers who specialise in this include Edward Muybridge, Ori Gersht and Harold Edgerton.

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Edward Muybridge famously captured this image to settle a bet between two men; one argued a horse is always touching the ground whilst running - the other said they must leave the ground.  They do.

Edward Muybridge famously captured this image to settle a bet between two men; one argued a horse is always touching the ground whilst running - the other said they must leave the ground. They do.

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In order to freeze or stop time you must have VERY FAST SHUTTER SPEEDS. Here, 'very fast' means faster than 1/250 s. So, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000, 1/3000, 1/4000 or faster.

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Since the shutter speed is fast, the capture darkens; so the aperture will need to open more, the ISO will need to rise, or the light needs to be intensified in order to get decent exposures.

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