How to Freeze Action with Strobes

On this video, photographer Jay P. Morgan from the website the Slanted Lens takes a look at freezing action using stobes at night.

You might think that a storbe fires its light immediately – but it doesn’t – a strobe has what is known as a “flash duration” – the time it takes for the strobe to come to peak power and than to fall off. Morgan explains in a graph (see below) how it works and what are T.1 and T.5 when it comes to flash duration.

Flash duration chart

flash-durationThis isn’t the first time Morgan looks at freezing action – in the past we looked at is video on “Freezing Action With Speedlites“,

You can find many more lighting videos and tutorials on our photography lighting section here on LensVid, and you can find all of Jay P. Morgan’s videos here on LensVid on the following link.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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