Cycling photography isn’t always about using a fast shutter speed to freeze the bike sharply. Go for something slower and you’ll introduce blur, giving your cycling photos a sense of speed. Panning the camera to follow the bike will let you can capture it in focus, while the background becomes a rush of movement.
Getting this right is a combination of choosing the correct shutter speed and practising getting your panning smooth. When choosing the shutter speed, you need to take into account how fast a bike is moving and how far away it is. Cyclists who are a few metres away can be shot using a slower shutter speed – such as 1/15sec – than you’d use for, say, fast-moving cars when shooting other forms of action photography.
Pictures of planes, like pictures of birds, can be incredibly difficult to capture, if not more. Their size and speed can lead to shots with awkward compositions or poor focusing, let alone exposing against a bright sky.
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Steam trains remain a popular subject no matter what letter your generation may be. Thick plumes of smoke, strong leading lines and big wide angles: this classic shot of steam trains is forever etched in our minds.
But often you only get one attempt at getting this. Below we’ve offered 6 essential train photography tips that will help you be ready to capture stunning rail pictures the next time you go out to photograph steam trains.
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.
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