Shoot It! High-speed Photography Quiz
Can you photograph dancers on stage or birds flying overhead in a photo so they look suspended in time? Test your knowledge of high-speed photography techniques with this quiz!
True or false: Only cameras capable of shutter speeds of 1/1000 or greater can be used for high-speed photography.
Which of the following is a photographer's goal when shooting high-speed photographs?
- blurring the subject to give a hint of motion
- blurring the background so the subject's in focus
- freezing the subject so it looks suspended in time
Which of the following camera settings is best for high-speed photography?
- shutter priority
- aperture priority
- full manual mode only
What shutter speed is best for capturing an automobile moving at average speed at right angles to the camera?
True or false: You don't have to depend on a fast shutter speed to capture a high-speed shot.
What is the most important thing to do when preparing for high-speed phototraphy?
- Ensure the camera is in good working order.
- Learn about your subject so you know what to expect.
- Be sure you have a fast shutter speed, flash or both.
Which of these f-stop values is the larger aperture?
True or false: Speedlight is the name of a series of high-speed flash products by Canon.
What does the Phototrap Model 33 do that helps high-speed photographers?
- sets an infrared tripwire so that the subject triggers the shot automatically the moment it moves
- adjusts the aperture automatically based on the shutter speed and available light
- captures a series of multiple high-speed shots at the same time from different angles
According to the online tests at HumanBenchmark.com, what's the average human reaction time between seeing a color and clicking a mouse button?
- 125 milliseconds
- 190 milliseconds
- 215 milliseconds
About how many times faster should your shutter speed be if a subject is moving at right angles to the camera compared to moving toward the camera?
- about twice as fast
- at least four times as fast
- at least six times as fast
Which of these makes the biggest difference in capturing a good high-speed photograph?
- fast shutter speed
- fast flash
What was the intended subject of the photographs taken by the world's fastest camera?
- the Higgs bosun particle
What shutter speed is sufficient to photograph a person walking past you in the park?
For which of these subjects is light from a flash a good option for freezing the subject in the photograph?
- a close-up shot of a bee hovering over a flower
- cars riding past you on a highway
- a flock of birds in flight overhead
Which flash duration (in seconds) will help capture quick, darting motions, such as those of a hummingbird?
To freeze the subject in a high-speed shot, which of these other aspects of the photograph will you have to sacrifice?
- small aperture
- large depth of field
- both A and B
True or false: High-speed photography may be enhanced by faster memory cards for digital devices.
If you don't have an automatic triggering device for your camera, what's another option to cut down on your human reaction time?
- Set the camera to take a series of shots in succession and hope that one turns out well.
- Ask a spotter to notify you when the subject's about to come into frame.
- Attach the camera to the subject.
In which of these scenarios might you choose a fast flash and a normal or slower shutter speed in order to freeze a high-speed subject?
- in the low light of a bar or restaurant
- in the bright daylight of a city park