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What does it mean to “kill the ambient”?

I have heard of a technique called "killing the ambient" in flash photography. What does it mean and how do I do it? This similar existing post I believe is separate enough to warrant this question - ...
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How do I trigger the flash in a way that takes luck out of high-speed photography?

I've tinkered with a bit of high speed photography (catching a water drop with low power flash in a dark room) and had success, but mostly through the volume of trials. I've got a shot in mind (I'd ...
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How to take fast-shutter-speed photos that aren't dark?

I was taking pictures of some water splashes. I knew I needed a fast shutter speed to make them look frozen in time. I have not used manual mode yet. I use the settings where I can pick the shutter ...
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How can I capture the movement of a bullet?

Just beginning with photography. Consider this image: (This photo was taken by Harold "Doc" Edgerton in 1964 using his Rapatronic camera.) I am looking for a camera that can capture such an ...
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Why only camcorders that cost too much can record high fps (freeze motion)?

I read that a Phantom will record footage at about 2570 fps @ 1080p. And a high end bridge camera would capture stills at 1/4000th of a second. So, why a dark place and a flash is to be required to ...
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How do I lengthen shutter speed with out washing out the picture?

I read this question, and I tried some long exposure shots myself. Every one of my shots though, is washed out. How do I achieve a long shutter speed while keeping the lighting looking natural?
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How does one photograph a car race?

I have an opportunity to attend a Grand Prix later this summer, and am looking for some tips and advice on how to capture the action with my DSLR. I know little about racing, so this will be a unique ...
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Why doesn't a shutter speed of ¹⁄₂₅₀th freeze motion when a flash of that duration does?

This question connects with my previous question: Why do cameras that film with high FPS rates cost a lot? I just read that a normal flash illuminates a scene within a 1/250th of a second. (A flash ...
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DIY motion trigger for use in High Speed Photography?

I am looking to get started in high speed photography and have been looking around at the different motion/sound detectors that are available on the market. I have come to the conclusion that I do not ...
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How does the power of a flash relate to the duration of the flash pulse?

Specifically for my Nikon SB-700, but also for flashes in general — how does the power setting relate to the duration of the pulse? Basically, is the power normally controlled by cutting down on the ...
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How can I reduce “ghost images” of water droplets?

I am interested in taking the photo of spray of droplets. I also want to measure their size. I have captured a streak-type image of each and every water droplet coming from the nozzle. If you observe ...