Shoot It! High-speed Photography Quiz
by Staff
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.

  • true
  • false

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?

  • 1/500
  • 1/1000
  • 1/4000

True or false: You don't have to depend on a fast shutter speed to capture a high-speed shot.

  • true
  • false

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?

  • f/2.8
  • f/16

True or false: Speedlight is the name of a series of high-speed flash products by Canon.

  • true
  • false

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, 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
  • practice

What was the intended subject of the photographs taken by the world's fastest camera?

  • photons
  • electrons
  • the Higgs bosun particle

What shutter speed is sufficient to photograph a person walking past you in the park?

  • 1/30
  • 1/125
  • 1/1000

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?

  • 1/500
  • 1/4000
  • 1/8000

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.

  • true
  • false

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