Motion Blur: how to create a sense of speed in your photos

    | Photography Tutorials | Tutorials | 25/02/2012 07:00am
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    Are you struggling with shutter speeds? Are your backgrounds sharp and cars look like they’re still, or everything is all blurred?

    To create a sense of speed and movement, you’ll need to use relatively slow shutter speeds  of about 1/60 to 1/90 seconds. Meanwhile, keeping the cars sharp while blurring the background requires good panning technique. To do this, spread your feet fairly wide apart, standing at right angles to the point you want to shoot. Then swivel your hips, rather than your shoulders, following the car as it moves and carry on panning for as long as possible, even after releasing the shutter.

    Another neat trick is to set your drive mode to Continuous and fire a burst of shots so you stand more chance of getting 
one or two sharp images from 
a sequence. Even with the best technique and plenty of practice, the majority of panned shots using slow shutter speeds are likely to be unusable, so stock up on memory cards and shoot as many pictures as you can to be sure of some keepers.

    Step 1: Use Shutter Priority
    Switch to Shutter Priority mode and dial in a shutter speed of about 1/60 sec, checking that the aperture is within range of the lens. You may need a Neutral Density filter if the sun is very bright.

    Motion Blur: how to create a sense of speed in your photos

    Motion Blur: how to create a sense of speed in your photos

     

    Step 2: Image stabilisation
    Many lenses feature manually selectable or automatically detected panning modes. Image stabilisation technology applies anti-shake in the opposite plane to the direction of your movement.

    Motion Blur: how to create a sense of speed in your photos

    Motion Blur: how to create a sense of speed in your photos

     

    Step 3: Pre-focus
    Continuous autofocus will often be too slow 
to track fast-moving targets coming towards you. Switch to single focus and pre-focus on the piece of track into which the cars are moving.

    Motion Blur: how to create a sense of speed in your photos

    Motion Blur: how to create a sense of speed in your photos


    Posted on Saturday, February 25th, 2012 at 7:00 am under Photography Tutorials, Tutorials.

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