Jowling: Photos of Violently Shaking Heads at Fast Shutter Speeds

Yesterday we shared some fun portraits of dogs taken while they shook of water, but you can take similar portraits of people too. It’s called “jowling”, and is far less adorable. Here how Urban Dictionary defines “jowling”:

The violent shaking of one’s head side-to-side in order to obtain a photograph of one’s face distorted from the intense side-to-side motion.

One useful thing you can do with this technique is to simulate a heavy punch to the face.

If you want to try your hand at jowling photography, just make sure you use a fast enough shutter speed to avoid any motion blur. A good way to do this is simply to use flash.

Image credit: sweet jowels by notorious d.a.v., Toothpaste for Dinner Shirt Modeling by Alex Mahan, jowling 7 by kaetea9872, Jeff’s Shake Face by Scott Robbin, Jowling by corykrug