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Motion Blur

Panning: Capture Motion Blur and Keep your Subject in Focus

Panning: Capture Motion Blur and Keep your Subject in Focus

If you enjoy sports and other fast-moving things, then you’ve probably spent some time marveling at the amazing photos some photographers manage to capture of fast-moving subjects. You know the ones I mean: a sharp subject against a streaky, blurred background. A photo that says “speed.”

You may even have tried to capture a similar image. And unless you tried again … and again … and again … you probably came away from the experience frustrated and disappointed.

That’s because this technique, which has the deceptively simple name “panning,” is extremely difficult to master. And even photographers who have mastered it still get it wrong some of the time–maybe even most of the time, depending on how challenging the subject is. But I’ll show you the tricks to give yourself a better-than-even chance!
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Mastering Panning: Photographing Moving Subjects

Mastering Panning:  Photographing Moving Subjects

I am just going to lay this out there right from the get go: panning is not easy! You must be willing to experiment to master this technique. What is panning, you ask? Well, simply put panning is a technique in which you move your camera along in the same direction and speed as the moving object you are photographing. The result is a relatively clear, focused subject with a blurred background. This is different from simply using a slow shutter speed to create motion blur because the subject itself is in focus. Slow shutter speed is key though, so muster up some patience and read on to find out about this cool technique.
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Motion Blur Photography

Motion Blur Photography

Every photographer knows the anguish of a photo that’s been messed up by motion blur. It happens to all of us – you’re trying to shoot a soccer game at dusk, and as it gets darker your aperture gets wider and your shutter speed gets slower. Finally, you capture that trick shot your son has been practicing all season and, dang. Motion blur. Your soccer star’s feet don’t show clearly, and the background is a mess. The ball looks kind of cool, though.

Ah ha! That’s the part you have to hang on to. The ball looks kind of cool. And motion blur photographs can be really cool, if you shoot them correctly, with purpose, and if you shoot a lot of them.
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Creating Movement By Adding Motion Blur

Creating Movement By Adding Motion Blur

Most of the time, we want a crisp, sharp photo. An image where we can clearly see our main subject. That works well when our subject is still, but what about when photographing a moving target? If everything is sharp in the image, we’ll lose something important – the illusion of movement. Adding ‘motion blur’ to our image will convey our subject’s action on the image, and is easy to do. Here’s how.
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How To Get Rid Of Motion Blur When Shooting Sports Indoors

How To Get Rid Of Motion Blur When Shooting Sports Indoors

I’m just going to say this outright. Taking indoor photos of sporting events is hard. I’m not saying it’s impossibly hard, but it is most certainly a challenge to any photographer. If you can come away from a shoot with a photo that’s both properly lit and sharp, you’ve probably outdone everyone else at the event. Here are a few things you can do to get rid of that pesky motion blur.
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How To Take Photos With Motion Blur To Give The Illusion of Movement

How To Take Photos With Motion Blur To Give The Illusion of Movement

A motion blur effect works really well in sports photography, giving your viewer a sense of speed and action. It is also a great standalone photographic technique for dramatizing certain kinds of scenes. You can capture the speed of a running cheetah or the streaks of light coming from speeding cars moving through the city at night. Wherever something is moving, you can get in touch with its motion by using this technique.
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