Motion is easy to capture on a video camera, but when it comes to pictures often times the photographer has to tell the viewers whats happening in the scene by how the picture is taken. This usually done by manipulating the shutter. A slow shutter will show blur and movement, while a fast shutter freezes action. If lighting is a challenge a flash can be used to freeze motion even better than just using a fast shutter.
The picture below was taken after the “please turn off your electronic devices” call came across the speakers of a flight I was on. I knew that the flip of my shutter wouldn’t cause my plane to crash. Besides, I had the entire row to myself, so no one was there to object…
Here’s another example of a long shutter being used to show movement. While on a mission trip, in Portland Oregon in 2010, one of my friends told me that there was a road behind the airport that might make for some cool pictures. For the first 20 minutes or so I tried to decide a good place to take the pictures would be, it was pretty dark & I didn’t have a flash light, so my only light was to keep tapping the focus button on my camera until I found a good place to set up my tripod. It was pretty thrilling to be so close to the runway that you could literally see passengers sitting in the aircraft while taxiing for take off. When I finally got the shot that I wanted I was pretty excited. I probably won’t have another opportunity to take a picture like this in the future, so I’m glad it turned out as good as it did.
Another way of showing motion is by freezing action. As mentioned earlier, the easiest way to do this is by using a flash combined with a fast shutter speed. The following pictures illustrate the concept of using a fast shutter to freeze motion.