Use slow-sync flash to photograph ghostly portraits in-camera

slow shutter speed portrait tutorial
(Image credit: Alistair Campbell)

As photographers, we now spend the majority of our creative time working within an instant digital world. This technique, however, gives you a brief moment of anticipation before the final image pops up on screen. 

The idea is that you shoot a portrait using a slower shutter speed (try around 2.5 seconds). Ask your model to move a little during the exposure, and they will appear in a series of ghost-like poses. Set your flashgun to fire at the end of the exposure, and the final pose will appear stronger and more definite, in contrast to the subject's earlier movement. 

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Alistair Campbell

Alistair is the Features Editor of Digital Camera magazine, and has worked as a professional photographer and video producer.