Shooting Challenge: Fast Shutter... Win An Ultrabook!

Welcome to The Gizmodo Shooting Challenge, where Giz readers get to pit their photographic skills against each other for the admiration of their editors — and for the next month — the chance to win a Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook! Entries close Tuesday morning!

More: Vote For Your Favourite Week 3 'Long Exposure' Theme Shots

Image: Water balloon and pin, by David Lee, Canon 7D with 10mm macro lens at 1/1000 of a second.

Prizes

Inspired by Intel, Ultrabooks are a new category of mobile PC that pack speedy Intel Core processors and boast Rapid Start technology for boot-up in seconds. That performance and a lightweight design make Ultrabooks a great choice for photographers looking for an editing studio, storage drive and entertainment hub on the go.

We're excited to give one away to Gizmodo’s Shooting Challenge community.

Valued at $1199, the Dell XPS 13 (pictured) packs an Intel Core i5 processor and 128GB solid-state drive. The 13.3-incher also has edge-to-edge Gorilla Glass and is just 6mm at its thinnest point.

Finalists: We also have one remote-controlled indoor airship (measuring 1.27m long) for each of the four finalists who don’t win the major prize. The Turbo Blimp is valued at $200, and you’ll need to visit your local party shop to have it inflated.

This Week's Challenge: Fast Shutter

Last week we had 'Long Exposure' and this week we go the other direction: Fast Shutter, inspired by the the responsiveness of Ultrabooks. Think 1/1000 of a second — 300x faster than a human blink—the briefest of moments that we would miss if not for the remarkable capabilities of the modern camera. Oh, and some Photoshop is OK — most important: make sure your photo is shot this week. No portfolio pics!

How Judging Works

For five weeks, Gizmodo readers will vote one weekly Shooting Challenge finalist through to the prize round to be judged and announced by Gizmodo editors on Wednesday June 27. This week’s entries close at 10am on Tuesday, June 12. Voting will begin at 11.30am on Tuesday, June 12, and close at 10am on Tuesday, June 19. Full terms and conditions.

Remember

1. The work must be your own. 2. Photos need to be taken the week of the contest. No portfolio shots please. Ensure EXIF info is intact. 3. Explain (briefly) the photography equipment, settings, technique and story behind the shot. Include your shooting summary (camera, lens, ISO, etc) in the body of the email along with a story of the shot in a few sentences. 4. Entries must be submitted via the entry form below. 5. Don’t forget to name your image attachment properly! Save your files as JPGs, and use a FirstnameLastnameFastShutter.jpg naming convention. Please ensure your image is at least 800px wide and no larger than 3MB. 6. One submission per person. 7. Don’t skip the story part because it’s often the most enjoyable part for us all beyond the great photos!

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Need Inspiration? Check out the previous Gizmodo Shooting Challenges.

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Comments

    Awww man, I have the perfect shot, but it was taken about a month ago...

    Please people. Let's try and keep the balloon full of water photos to a minimum.

    Bah the week I finally get myself an SLR and the challenge is something that needs an external flash. I am a novice though so I might be wrong right?

      Hey Brik. Yeap you don't need an external flash buddy. Just gotta use a high shutter speed like 1/1000th of a sec.

        That's right, just a little more ISO(don't always have to turn this up, just experiment), low aperture number fast shutter and you can freeze almost anything :)
        I don't have an external flash either or the money for one !

    Hmmm.. What if the "shutter speed" is low ~2seconds, but you use the flash as the shutter speed? As you can get a lot faster speeds with the flash on a long exposure, giving photo's that slow-mo-freeze effect.

      Will work very well as long as you shoot in dark, although I found you can go as high as 1/2000 sec with normal light and no flash just some ISO increase.

    I tried to enter but never got the 'thank you for entering' message so apologies if you now have two entries from me (and if you only have one then feel free to ignore this. Thanks!)

    I have a Samsung S860 and I'm having trouble working out how to change the shutter speed on that.

      I no longer have a compact camera, but try M mode then FCN button on the back, then menu button to access shutter and ISO speeds. hope that helps

    No photo's yet......... must be more entries than last week

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