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100 Stunning Photos That Freeze Time With a Fast Shutter

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Capturing that quick moment of happiness, sadness, excitement, or adrenaline can be difficult. High speed photography (using a really fast shutter speed) is excellent technique for capturing those precious moments in time. Today we're showcasing over 100 examples of incredible and beautiful frozen moments in time. Some of these will completely blow your mind!

NB. Some of these images use a fast shutter. Others, such as the lightening photos, actually use a longer exposure but still capture the "frozen in time" look that we were going for!


Amazing Fast Shutter Speed Photos

By Ari Scott

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By Michael Sheakley

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Little Mermaid by Brunna Peretti Loureiro

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By Piotr M Organa

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By Valerie Cates

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By Giane Portal

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Wispy by Lucy Nuzum

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Meditation by Clarissa Rossarola

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City Lights by irishmanlost

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By Andreas

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Coffee and Milk by Chaval Brasil

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Some times I believe I can fly by Guiri R. Reyes

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Drop The Beans by Jordan J Insley

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By J Lawler

The Graphic Bird... by Torben Andersen

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By Steph Goralnick

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By Michael S.Schwarzer

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Hummingbird Montage by Jim Drought

Droplet Rodeo by shotgunshy

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By Tomas Rak

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H2O by Devin

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By froodmat

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By Gavan Mitchell

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Surfer Girl by Chris Aschenbrener

The Lincoln Memorial by Matt Hansen

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By Jurgen Schwietering

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We're Spilling Over, We're Falling Apart by Rachel Garman

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I Got Lost Inside A Memory by Gillian Villa

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Take A Bath by Andre Arment

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By Lauren Randolph

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Emerging by Keith Ten Eyck

By Alleh Lindquist

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By Fahad Nasir

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By Daniel

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By Arpad Ikuma

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By Esther

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A Childs Curiosity by Faisal

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By Fashteam

By Andriy Mishchenko

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The Drink Of Life by Paul Hocksenar

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Spray and Pray by Fadzly Mubin

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By Bill Adams

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By Jonathan Fleming

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Setting the Bar by Anthony Quinn

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By innoxiuss

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Verticalidades by Roldan

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By William

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By Ferrell McCollough

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By fotoopa

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By Paul Pagano

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By Sam

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Riding out of the Sunset by Günter Leitenbauer

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By Bryant Thompson

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By Nejc Polovšak

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By Yelenah Romanovskaya

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By Jeremy Snell

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Série Fairy Tales by Mônica Fadul

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By Ricky Wilson

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By Ayo Umali

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...and they all lived happily ever after by katie Lee

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By Sarah Lee

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By Greg

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By Mike Rayburne

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By Alexander Safonov

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By Giuseppe Bognanni

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By EnDee

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By Rafa Elías

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By Håkan Dahlström

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By Revo Adan

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By Ulli Maier

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By Katie Lee

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By Rachel Carter

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By Kev Lewis

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By Zoltan Tischler

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By Daniel Bos

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Jump Over The World by Roldan

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By Francesca Birini

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By Michael S.Schwarzer

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By Jens Erik Mikkelsen

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By Vicco Gallo

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By Edward Horsford

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By David Brian

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By Angela Maria Lobefaro

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By Julio

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By Thomas Retterath

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By Maxinne Sentina

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By Rich Legg

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Beach sports: Flip-flop throw by Rafa Elías

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By Linden Gledhill

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By David Kittos

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By bikeracer

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By Marc Sporys

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By Dan Desroches

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By Fares

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By Edward Horsford

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By Anna Theodora

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By Greg Smith

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By Ryu Voelkel

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By H0S

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By Günter Leitenbauer

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By PJ Taylor

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By Benjamin Von Wong

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By Fahad Essam Al Nusf

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By Karim Iliya

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More than one way to enjoy the view! by Jeff Hebner

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By Joann Lee

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Further Related Resources

Before you begin, I would suggest using a Digital SLR for this type of shot, as they are more responsive cameras than point and shoot and give you far more control over shutter speeds, ISO, aperture etc.

Having a little control over a camera's shutter speed can do wonders. You can easily freeze an action, or produce some beautiful long exposure shots by varying shutter speed. The faster the shutter speed, the easier it is to stop action as in the photos above. This chart gives you a rough idea of the shutter speed required for various subjects.

But there is one major downside when freezing action entirely using fast shutter speed. You need lots of light, as a fast shutter speed reduces the amount of light reaching the camera sensor. You can play with aperture and ISO to aid with this, and try shooting with shutter priority - this comes in very handy, as your camera automatically sets the aperture to suit your chosen shutter speed.

Here are two great video tutorials that help to explain the process further:


A few more helpful guides and tutorials:

  • Basics - Shutter Speed
  • Electronic Guidebook for High-Speed Flash Photography
  • The Ultimate Beginner’s Introduction to Exposure
  • Understanding Exposure/Exposure Triangle
  • Controlling Exposure
  • Shutter Speed Chart
  • Understanding dSLR Shutter Priority Mode
  • Setting Shutter Speed Underwater
  • Auto FP High Speed Sync Explained
  • Digital Camera Shutter Lag Comparison Table
  • Matt's Handy Technical Photo Guide
  • High-Speed Shutter & Flash-Sync
  • High Speed Shutter vs. Ordinary Flash Sync
  • High Speed Sync for Flash at Any Shutter Speed
  • Workshop: Highspeed-Fotografie mit Lichtschranke
  • High Speed Photography Kit
  • Supercharge Your Camera with Open-Source CHDK Firmware
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