1 Trillion FPS. Photographing Light Itself

Science is amazing. Scientists look at the world around us and try to understand it in increasing detail every time. We see light all the time… But we don’t see what it does as it moves through space. We can’t visualize the movement of a ray of light… Until now. With the use of specialized technologies, scientists are now able to visualize how light moves and changes as it moves. This is a fascinating idea. Check out this video to see just what it looks like. Standardize

Seeing Light Itself

Who would ever have thought that we’d be able to see how light travels through our world? Yet here’s a video of a pulse of laser light traveling and dispersing through a bottle.

Ramesh Raskar from MIT’s media lab talks about how they capture the movement of a single ray of light – by capturing data at the rate of 1 Trillion frames per second (Femto-Photography) – and how they’ve been able to look around corners (in 3D!).

Photographing light itself: Femto Photography.

1 Trillion Frames Per Second

Today, it’s difficult to imagine capturing 1,000 (103)frames a second in photography. To be able to capture the movement of light, these researchers had to capture 1,000,000,000,000 (1012) frames a second… quite a feat!

What do you think of this? Do you think that this research will change the way we think about light itself? Let us know in the comments.

Susheel Chandradhas

Susheel Chandradhas

Susheel Chandradhas is a Product Photographer and Filmmaker based in India. He has been taking photographs (almost) all his life. He has a diploma and a bachelors degree in Visual Communication, where his classmates all believed that he would write a book on photography... Instead, he writes on this website (because - isn't a community more fun?).

His passions include photography, parkour, wide-angle lenses, blue skies, fire extinguishers, and fast computers.

In addition to writing for Beyond Photo Tips, Susheel is a staff writer for Fstoppers.com, and owns and runs ColoursAlive, a photography, and video production studio.

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