Some History of Capturing Motion With High Speed Strobes

Have you ever wondered how photography, especially flash photography, came about and how it was first used as a means to further our understanding of the world in scientific studies? This video gives a short history of how flash came about and how grateful we can be for the persistence of Harold “Doc” Edgerton.

High-speed video wasn't created for photography. It was rather developed for for scientific analysis and research. Edgerton was not a photographer, but rather an engineer. I know many would say we shouldn't think about the technical aspects but rather the evoke our artistic eye and capture the moment. But I think there is an immense amount of creativity in the technical aspects of photography and our gear. Whether it's the design of the shutter, the sound the shutter makes when a shot is taken, or just the intricate and perfect engineering we can see by looking inside a lens. 

To analyze motion and to see these amazing reactions and events take place right in front of us without being able to see it must've been Harold Edgertron's inspiration, and we should be grateful for his work in his engineering field and for what led to the high-speed photography and video we know today. 

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Wouter is a portrait and street photographer based in Paris, France. He's originally from Cape Town, South Africa. He does image retouching for clients in the beauty and fashion industry and enjoys how technology makes new ways of photography possible.

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cool!! thanks for sharing!