SPECIAL EFFECTS Take control of crowds
Siân Lewis brings a sense of bustle to city shots
Want to learn to speed up time? Just slow down your D-SLR. Adding a blur of pedestrians is a quick and easy way to spice up any urban image, as it creates a feeling of bustle in an otherwise static shot of the streets.
If you’re shooting during the day, you’ll need to use an ND filter to allow you to set a slow shutter speed. You’ll also need a tripod to enable you to keep your camera still for seconds at a time.
Scout out a location that has a steady footfall of passing people. We shot early in the morning outside a train station to capture the rush of commuters. Another classic place to try is a busy city bridge. If you’re standing in the middle of it, passing people will have no choice but to walk towards and then around you. You’ll end up with rushing streams of people that look really dynamic. Busy pavements will work too.
Wherever you choose, stand somewhere safe and away from traffic, as you’ll have to stay put for a while, and don’t pick somewhere so busy that people will trip over you or your tripod.