21 Outstanding Examples of Rear Curtain Flash :: Digital Photo Secrets

21 Outstanding Examples of Rear Curtain Flash

by David Peterson 1 comment

Combine rear curtain flash with a slow shutter speed to capture a surreal image. The slow shutter speed will pick up a motion trail behind your subject and the rear curtain flash will freeze him or her in place at the end of the exposure (rather than the beginning, which is what most cameras do by default). This is one of those techniques that requires a lot of experimentation and a ton of wasted frames. Keep shooting, though, and you'll be rewarded with a good handful of one-of-a-kind shots.


[ Top image A Star is Born by Flickr user Dan Dewan]

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 400
  • f/16.0
  • 0.2 sec (1/5)
  • 100 mm

Dance Shoot End of Year Show 307/365 by Flickr user spazmock

  • Canon EOS 40D
  • 100
  • f/9.0
  • 0.3
  • 28 mm

End of year show test shoot #5 296/365 by Flickr user spazmock

  • Canon EOS 40D
  • 100
  • f/9.0
  • 0.3
  • 44 mm

End of year show test shoot #1 by Flickr user spazmock


Step Step Jump by Flickr user DaveAustria.com


  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 1000
  • f/8.0
  • 0.5
  • 35 mm

Dealing Cards in Slow Motion and Rear Curtain Flash by Flickr user www.toddklassy.com

  • Nikon D700
  • 200
  • f/22.0
  • 8
  • 24 mm

Traditional Bonfire Night, Great Wyrley 05/11/2012 by Flickr user Gary S. Crutchley

  • Nikon D90
  • 160
  • f/2.8
  • 0.1 sec (1/10)
  • 80 mm

Five Ball by Flickr user halelinda

  • Nikon D5000
  • 100
  • f/13.0
  • 0.5
  • 10 mm

Mountain Biking in Haldon Forest 9 by Flickr user chris-parker

  • Nikon D700
  • 200
  • f/20.0
  • 0.077 sec (1/13)
  • 71.3 mm

All the Fun of the Fair by Flickr user tim morland

  • Nikon D7000
  • 320
  • f/7.1
  • 10
  • 17 mm

Snowy, Blustery Winter's Night [Explore 12/30/2012] by Flickr user Truebritgal

  • Nikon D90
  • 200
  • f/6.3
  • 0.5
  • 170 mm

Roll the dice 287/365 by Flickr user le cabri


    The left hand by Flickr user Marco Venturin Photography

    • Canon EOS 550D
    • 400
    • f/9.0
    • 0.3
    • 14 mm

    my pug by Flickr user matty257

    • Nikon D90
    • 100
    • f/4.5
    • 0.6
    • 37.8 mm

    gatsby! by Flickr user suffian :)

    • Nikon D700
    • 100
    • f/5.6
    • 0.8
    • 44 mm

    Laura by Flickr user Digit@l Exposure

    • Nikon D70
    • 200
    • f/22.0
    • 0.067 sec (1/15)
    • 10.5 mm

    Koos by Flickr user Eric Palmer


      Jellyfish by Flickr user Fuel Injected Photography

      • Nikon D5000
      • 400
      • f/5.6
      • 0.125 sec (1/8)
      • 55 mm

      _DSC0388 copy by Flickr user Adrian Patenaude

      • Nikon D50
      • 200
      • f/13.0
      • 1
      • 90 mm

      DSC_3509 by Flickr user cccg

      • Nikon D5000
      • 100
      • f/10.0
      • 1
      • 50 mm

      Simple math... by Flickr user _MaK_

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      1. me says:

        90% of photos are total crap.

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