Need for Speed

Need for Speed

Devendra Prabhune talks about photo-trigger — a device designed to capture microscopic moments.

Devendra Prabhune’s love for high-speed photography happened two years ago when he came across a few photographs on the Internet. “I was fascinated by their composition and effect. So I read up more and tried learning about them online,” says Prabhune.

He explains that high-speed photography is a specialised technique that captures speedy occurrences. “A simple drop of liquid creates beautiful patterns when it hits any surface,” he says,adding that such events elude the naked eye and regular cameras.

“In high-speed photography,one needs to have a precise system to freeze the microscopic moment on camera,” says the photographer,who is a trained electronic engineer. He used his knowledge in electronics and designed a device called photo-trigger,which can be attached to a DSLR camera and helps capture speed and freeze motion.

The photo-trigger has in-built optical and audio sensors. Prabhune says that the optical sensor detects movement of subjects such as falling liquid drops or dropping fruits in water,while the audio sensor detects loud sounds such as that of a popping balloon,fireworks or smashing glass and captures the moment. Besides,it also controls the trigger actions of the camera and flash in synchronisation with the event.

“Having knowledge in photography is important in order to be able to click good pictures,” he says. “You don’t need expensive equipment to be a good photographer. It’s a common misconception that people have,” he says. To be able to hone one’s skills and master photography,he advises the observation of what he calls “the three Ps of photography — patience,precision and practice”. Prabhune has also started a high-speed photography club and the group has over 500 followers on the Facebook page. “The aim is to cultivate high-speed photography as a hobby across the city,” he says.

Violet Vaz