Photo Anatomy: anticipating the perfect moment in Formula 1 racing photography

Photo Anatomy: anticipating the perfect moment in Formula 1 racing photography

In our Photo Anatomy series on Digital Camera World we select pictures by famous photographers and explain point by point what makes them work.

In our latest instalment we discover how anticipation and technical skill combine in this outstanding Formula 1 photo, taken by Getty Images staff photographer Clive Mason.

Movement photography: camera panning techniques to convey a sense of speed

Movement photography: camera panning techniques to convey a sense of speed

Camera panning techniques look and sound complicated. In reality, though, anyone with a manual mode and the patience to practice can learn how to pan a camera. In this tutorial we’ll show you how you can use slower shutter speeds to add a greater sense of drama to your movement photography.

Understanding shutter speed as a creative tool: freeze and pan with confidence

Understanding shutter speed as a creative tool: freeze, pan and smooth with confidence

Understanding shutter speed as a creative tool is essential if you want to produce images that are about movement – whether you’re freezing action, smoothing out running water or panning the camera to add motion blur.

The shutter speed often seems to take second place to more obvious creative controls such as aperture and depth of field, so we’re going to show you how important understanding shutter speed is to your creative repertoire; we’ll show you how to take control of your shutter speeds and how to turn what would have been a good shot into a great shot.