[Tutorial] Summer Fun: Lets Try High Shutter Speed Photography With Mobile

2017-04-17 14:45:09

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Summer is here and so is the time to have fun with water. So here is a tutorial to have fun and capture cool photos.

In this tutorial, I’ll be showing you how to do High Shutter Speed Photography with your phone. High Shutter Speed Photography captures moving objects without the motion blur like water drops and sports photography.

There are two ways to do High Speed Photography:
  • Fast Shutter Speed.
  • Flash Duration: Shot with a flash. The flash duration as fast as <1/2000 second. Will eliminate it as mobile flashes are not capable of doing this.

High shutter speed photography needs good lighting conditions. If you try it in low light, it’ll not work. It needs to be done on a bright sunny day.

I’m using a Mi Max and on my Mi Max, when I go on manual mode the max shutter speed available is 1/1000. But why not go above it if possible? Lets switch to Auto Mode. What auto mode does is, it’ll try to expose properly by boosting the shutter speed.

I will be dropping a lemon slice in a wine glass filled with water and capture it the moment it hits the water and create splash.

What you need:
  • Mobile (I used Mi Max)
  • Tripod
  • Lemon / or other fruit slice
  • Wine or any other transparent glass
  • Water

Lets get the camera settings:
  • Auto Mode: Put your camera on auto mode.
  • Burst Mode: You need to shoot this in burst mode.

Burst Mode

Burst Mode

Mount your phone on the tripod. Setup your glass, fill the water till top. Leaving glass half empty will give you smaller splash and the water splash will remain in the glass.

Before starting the burst shoot, take a test shot.
Check the focus: Your focus should be on the glass. If your mobile has focussed the background, please tap your phone screen where you want it to focus.

Check Focus

Check Focus

Check the details: Check the shutter speed. It needs to be over 1/2000.

Check Details

Check Details

If both are right, go ahead. Press and hold the “click” button to enter “Burst Mode” and start clicking photos. Drop the lemon. Release the camera button once the splash is over and water settles back in the glass. Fill up the glass when required.

It needs a lot of patience. You’ll need to do a lot of shots to get some perfect ones. I took around 1200 shots.

Here are the shots that I managed to get:







Some other water shots:






Have fun. Don’t forget to share your shots.



You can also look at my other tutorials:


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2017-04-17 14:45:09
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Wow... Superb Awesome
2017-04-17 15:36:14
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akibkhan | from Redmi 4A


Thanks for sharing bro
2017-04-17 17:25:06
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Never give up great things take time

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parag purkar | from Redmi 3S


superb thread again, thanks akhil
2017-04-17 17:46:56
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SSNayak | from mobile


Awesome bro
2017-04-17 19:41:45
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Nicely detailed tutorial. Will give it a try in the weekend
2017-04-17 20:17:57
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ARUL THEERAN | from Redmi Note 3


where i found shutter speed?
2017-04-17 20:18:13
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Akhilesh Sharma Author | from MI MAX


where i found shutter speed?

Use in auto mode. Remember the light has to be good. Check details of your first test shot, the shutter speed or exposure time should be over 1/2000.
2017-04-17 20:41:44
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Runal | from Redmi Note 3


2017-04-17 21:37:08
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pavan12 | from Redmi 4A


thank you so much
2017-04-18 00:28:31
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piyush1976 | from Mi 4i


Nice information and auesome thread..
2017-04-18 14:27:46
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