As a co-owner of HighSpeedPhoto and a high speed photographer myself, you wouldn't believe how much confusion I witness surrounding the phenomenon that is high speed photography, especially confusing it with long exposure photography. Though both high speed and long exposure photography are based around movement, they aren't interchangeable terms; in fact, they are essentially opposites! Where high speed photography demands the fastest shutter speed you can manage (and often even a flash), long exposure is generally a shutter speed of over a second, recording movement over time.
Because the shutter distinctions may be confusing to some people, I've collected some art (much of the high speed work from the members of HighSpeedPhoto) showing each category from the wonderful photographers here on Deviantart!
High Speed Photography
Though many associate high speed photography with water splashes, there's more to it than just water. There's human action, objects flying or breaking, explosions, smoke rising, animals fighting or playing, birds flying--whatever you can think of that is movement clearly frozen in time by a fast shutter speed or flash.
Long Exposure Photography
Though there are less examples of long exposure photography on Deviantart than there are of high speed, it definitely has a niche of its own. While high speed photography attempts to clearly freeze movement, long exposure seeks to capture the path of movement--to draw it out over time. Whether it be waterfalls, moving cars, light painting, or people moving; long exposure photography is often characterized by blurs, smooth lines, and paths of light.
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