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More High Speed Photography

28th January 2014

Modern digital cameras, like Canon’s flagship professional DSLR, the 1Dx can shoot at 14 fps. That’s really fast considering the mirror and shutter movement and more than enough for sports. Then you have cameras like the Go-Pro+Black that can do 30fps! How mush faster do you need to shoot at 60 120 1,000 , 15,000 1,000,000?

How about 1,000,000,000,000 (one trillion fps)? that would make for some never miss a moment event photography.

In 1964 Harlod E. Edgerton broke the perception of many a person when he shot an apple with a .30 caliber bullet and captured the image with his camera. He synced his strobes with a very special camera that could shoot up to 15,000fps to capture these groundbreaking images. Things have certainly moved on in terms of high speed photography since the 60′s. The development of digital sensors and very powerful computers has led to some great high speed images being captured. Many TV cameras can record at 1,000fps in full HD quality & make for some really great instant replays.

But what is next?

Ramesh Raskar presents femto-photography, a new type of imaging so fast it visualizes the world one trillion frames per second, so detailed it shows light itself in motion. This technology may someday be used to build cameras that can look “around” corners or see inside the body without X-rays.

Photography is about creating images by recording light. At the MIT media lab, professor Ramesh Raskar and his team members have invented a camera that can photograph light itself as it moves at, well, the speed of light.