10 burning questions even pro sports photographers still ask themselves

10 questions even pro sports photographers still ask themselves

How slow should I go for blur?


Sports photography tips: how to capture motion blur

With action subjects photographed in daylight there’s always a range of shutter speeds that you can use to get creatively blurred shots. However, the range of speeds is limited.

There needs to be enough blur to ensure that your creative effect doesn’t look like a mistake – and it can’t be too blurred, otherwise your subject will be unrecognisable.

As a rough rule, use a shutter speed that’s around 16 times longer than the one you would use to capture the subject sharply.

So, for a shot of a sprinter you would use a shutter speed of 1/60 sec if you wanted a blurred shot – if you would have used a setting of 1/1000 sec to capture it sharply. Similarly, if you would need 1/125 sec to freeze the action, try a speed of 1/8 sec for blur.

As is often the case, the exact amount of blur you use is a matter of taste. As results can be unpredictable, shoot lots of frames so you have plenty to choose from.

PAGE 1: How do I choose the right shutter speed?
PAGE 2: How slow should I go for motion blur?
PAGE 3: Do I need the motordrive?
PAGE 4: When should I switch to manual focus?
PAGE 5: Why should I keep both eyes open when using the viewfinder?
PAGE 6: How slow should I go at night?
PAGE 7: How do I set up for low-light events?
PAGE 8: What shutter speed do I use for zoom bursts?
PAGE 9: When should I switch on the flash?
PAGE 10: When should I use second curtain sync?


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