High speed photography is the science of taking pictures of very fast phenomena. In 1948, the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) defined high-speed photography as any set of photographs captured by a camera capable of 128 frames per second or greater, and of at least three consecutive frames. High speed photography can be considered to be the opposite of time-lapse photography.

High speed photography can be used to make action seem to freeze, reducing motion blur, or to take a series of photographs at high frequency. The first application requires  a very sensitive sensor and a very good shutter system or a very fast strobe light. The second application requires either a mechanical device for capturing frames in very quick succession or a camera that can data off the electronic sensors very quickly.

Enjoy 25+ examples of high speed photography!

Passion Fruit Death - High Speed Photography - Popular Science Photo Contest Winner! by Illuminating Distractions.

Broken Light Bulb - High Speed Photography by Illuminating Distractions.

Orange juice - High Speed Flash Photography by RichardDumoulin.

High Speed Photography by phatmax95.

Strawberry love to swim - high speed flash photography by RichardDumoulin.

high speed lemon by louis.nguyen.


High Speed Photography by That's the way I like it.

High Speed Photography by jayeshkr.

high speed balloons 4261 by herbe_nelson.

Water fun and high speed flash photography by RichardDumoulin.

Splash! by James Neeley.

X Splash by Scottdd222.

Sun Shade by Aylesbury_Mark.

Shattered CD - High Speed 1/30000th of a second by Illuminating Distractions.


High speed photography part 9 by jimmys_photography_D40.

high speed balloons 4243 by herbe_nelson.

high speed balloons 4260 by herbe_nelson.

High Speed Photography1 by That's the way I like it.

Release by The Red Giant.

Blue Spray by Scottdd222.

Fire Cracker Explosion 1 by A.Connah.

Fire Cracker Explosion 9 by A.Connah.

strawberry by elffists.

High Speed Photography3 by That's the way I like it.

More Broken Christmas by Glacial Wanderer.

High speed water 8000th of a second by FOTO1212.

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