THE FUN PART
Now you can start to play with stroboscopic photography. Have a friend press the shutter while you
try tossing or bouncing balls, juggling, releasing
balloons, throwing sticks or paper airplanes, doing
cartwheels, or dancing. Almost anything that moves
is fun to photograph with a stroboscope. One of our
favorite things to play with is string. Try twirling it in
spirals or jumping rope.
Don’t be discouraged if your first few images are
out of focus or washed out. You can solve these
issues by adjusting your camera settings, making
sure the cardboard hood is in place, and adjusting
or adding lights.
The camera will be focused at a single fixed
distance, so it helps to mark the floor to remind
yourself or your subject to stay in the plane of
focus. This will instantly improve your images.
Large, slower-moving subjects (like people) look
better when the disk only has one slot. However,
certain fast-moving subjects — such as thrown
objects or vibrating strings — look better if you
use a strobe disk with 2 or 3 slots, which doubles
or triples the number of exposures per second.
Follow Steps 1a–2c to make additional disks that
have multiple slots, and make sure that the slots
are spaced apart evenly, so the disk stays balanced
while it spins.