Freeze the motion in your images with this step-by-step tutorial

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(Image credit: Kim Bunermann / Digital Photographer Magazine)

Shutter speed is an essential tool that can be used to capture motion in different ways. As a subject, water is often recorded as a blurry entity with long exposures to convey an idea of movement. But why not think outside the box and focus on the detail of its flowing characteristics instead?

A fast shutter speed enables you to freeze the movement of the water with impressive and varied results. With the right composition and focus, you can also achieve an abstract result that emphasizes the graphic elements. To push the abstraction further, work out lines and shapes by reducing colors and boosting contrast in post-processing.

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Kim Bunermann
Technique Editor

Kim is the Technique Editor of Digital Photographer Magazine. She specializes in architecture, still life and product photography and has a Master's degree in Photography and Media with a distinction from the FH Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences in Germany. While studying, Kim came to the UK for an exchange term at the London College of Communication. She settled in the UK and began her career path by joining Future. Kim focuses on tutorials and creative techniques, and particularly enjoys interviewing inspiring photographers who concentrate on a range of fascinating subjects including women in photography, the climate crisis; the planet, its precious creatures and the environment.