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Reyed Mia (Apprentice, DIU)

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Motion Shots – Hints & Tips for Beginning Photographers
« on: June 28, 2017, 07:22:15 PM »
Motion Shots – Hints & Tips for Beginning Photographers

A photograph captures a single moment in time. And it is the beauty of the ephemeral moment that makes it such an enduring and emotive art form. But what if you want to photograph wildlife in action, a car hurtling round a racetrack or the movement of tall grass in the breeze? If you know how to take motion shots, your images will come to life instantly. Here is a brief outline of how you can use different shutter speeds and panning to introduce movement into your photographs.

Blurring Motion Shots

One way of depicting extreme velocity is by blurring the subject of your photograph, while keeping the background in focus. An example of this would be a shot of a blurred racing car in the foreground with a pin-sharp spectator standing in the background. Or, as you can see in this example, a blurred cyclist against an in-focus backdrop of garages.  To recreate this technique, use a slow shutter speed with your camera on a tripod to prevent wobbles.

Panning Motion Shots

Panning is a technique where you move your camera with your subject. It breaks all the rules of traditional photography, namely that you should keep your camera as still as possible in order to obtain the best shot.

If you’d like to take a panning shot, like this one, you’ll need to keep your camera moving in the same direction. Remember to maintain the same pace at which your subject is moving. It’s a good idea to check if you have plenty of space around you to move before you set up. Make sure you have ample room to swivel your arm at a parallel axis to your subject.

Continuous Shooting Motion Shots

Another technique for capturing motion is to use the continuous shooting feature on your camera. This will create sequential shots. The series of images created can then be join together in post production. You can see this in the cool skateboarding shot below.

There is no magic formula to finding the right shutter speed. You’re going to have to use your instinct and experience every time. Look at the speed your subject is moving. Estimate how far away you are from it and how much space you want to pack into your shot. And make a judgment call based on that.
As a rough guideline, the faster your shutter speed, the more sharply your subject will be in focus. Keep an eye on any excess light when using a slow shutter speed, though. It can creep in and spoil your shot. Try reducing the aperture size on your camera or reducing the setting of your ISO.
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