EX­PERT IN­SIGHT get to grips with pan­ning

NPhoto - - Mountain Biking Masterclass -

Pan­ning is a fun­da­men­tal tech­nique for shoot­ing mov­ing sub­jects. The se­cret is to move the cam­era so that the rider stays in the same spot in the viewfinder through­out the ex­po­sure. This can be harder to do than it looks. In the clas­sic pan­ning shot, the shut­ter speed is just slow enough for the move­ment to blur the back­ground, while the rider re­mains rel­a­tively sharp. To suc­ceed with this Seb rec­om­mends that you fo­cus man­u­ally well be­fore the rider comes into shot. Use aut­o­fo­cus to fo­cus on a spot on the trail that the rider will pass through, then lock the sub­ject dis­tance by turn­ing the fo­cus switch to man­ual. You can also get a friend to stand in your tar­get area for you to fo­cus on. Not us­ing aut­o­fo­cus to take the shot cuts out one of the vari­ables, al­low­ing you to con­cen­trate on your hand/eye co-or­di­na­tion. For shots of pass­ing cy­clists, a shut­ter speed of around 1/60 sec is a good start­ing point – but this will de­pend on how fast they are mov­ing.

EX­PO­SURE 1/60 sec, f/ 5.6, ISO1600 LENS Nikon 18- 55mm f/ 3.5- 5.6 VR

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