How I took this photo:
This photo was pretty simple to take. What makes it more noticeable than your average "shutter drag" style photos Is that appears that things are moving towards you. Its a pretty cool effect when done properly. 
This shot cannot be done with a prime lease. You will need a zoom lens of some sort. In this case I used my 18-55 fujinon lens. 
So the specs you will need: Speed light, and your camera must be in full manual. Meter the scene as normal, BUT, make sure your shutter is open a bit on the longer side 1/8, 1/2, 1/4 are all good amount of time. 
Click the shutter button. As soon as the shutter opens and the flash fires, immediately zoom in-or out (depends on the style you are looking for) of the subject. It may take a few times, but the idea is that flash freezes the image, and the subsequent open shutter combined with the zooming motion of your lens will create a light trail with an effect of the subject lunging forward.
band: Exhumed. taken at the Rickshawstop in Hayes Valley 12/02/19
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How I took this photo: 
This is a photo, or rather a photo composite I took of the lead singer of the local band Tuning. This was done mostly in camera, but the layering was done in photoshop. It somewhat looks like an "in-camera" multiple exposure, but in my opinion the effect here is a bit more artificial than If done in camera. 
I took two photos. The background photo with all the swirly lightening was done simply by choosing a longer shutter time...approx 1 second in length. And then an F stop number suited my  taste as far as the lighting goes. In this case F/7. Basically just did a swirly thing with my camera and thought it looked neat.
Second photo, is the picture of the vocalist. I just made a normal exposure handheld. The settings were iso 5000, 1/60 shutter speed, f/5
After that, I uploaded the two separate files in lightroom. Did a basic contrast and exposure adjustment. Then exported to Photoshop as "layers".
In the layers panel I had my two images stacked on top of one another. I used the photo of the swirling lights as the background layer, and the photo of the singer as the top layer. on the top layer I adjusted the opacity level to taste. Approx 40% opacity. Then I created a layer mask. Once I had a layer mask, I brushed away part of the body leaving mostly the head and the microphone. 
Thats it! pretty simple, and a cool effect.
photo: Tuning. Taken at Oakland Metro Operhouse.  02/04/2020

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For my first blog post I want to discuss step by step how i took this photo of the band Big Business. Maybe this comes to a surprise, but this effect was done entirely in camera. No photoshopping or fancy editing was done. 
My set up was a Fujixt10 with a Godox flash. I set the Flash to multi mode (which is full manual) and set the power to 1/4 and the frequency to 3-3hz. As I'm somewhat new to this technique, I haven't determined a fool proof configuring of how to get proper exposure and style on first attempt, but I did luckily nail this shot first try. Usually you just take a series of test shots and adjust the settings to suit your photographic idea. 
The shutter was set to Bulb mode, and my aperture was 5.6 and ISO 800. I found that exposure triangle was enough to keep the ambient light at a comfortable level for my taste (for these kinda pics you often want to kill most ambient light so you get good flash separation of the subject), but you will often have to toy with the settings and adjust according to the light in the room. Your camera must be in full manual as well as your flash unit. 
Bulb mode is important because you need the shutter open long enough for the flash, in this case, to fire three bursts of light. Holding down the shutter manually is good because you can close the shutter it after you the multi flash burst have fired off. Be careful not to keep the shutter open too long or the ambient light will overwhelm the exposure. 
After I took the image, I did some basic contrast and exposure correction in Lightroom. This was the final image. 
Photo: Big Business. Taken in Albany, CA at Ivy Room 2/07/2020

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