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NPhoto - - Mountain Biking Masterclass -

I’ve al­ways strug­gled with pan­ning, but Seb told me that you need to mas­ter this tech­nique as you need to move the cam­era to track the sub­ject for ev­ery shot of moun­tain bik­ing you take. So he took me right back to ba­sics, get­ting me to change my grip on the lens (see right), and in­sist­ing that you need to keep pan­ning even af­ter you have pressed the shut­ter. In this shot, our pro rider Chris Smith was rid­ing at a good pace but I man­aged to keep him rea­son­ably sharp while blur­ring the back­ground enough to give the im­pres­sion of ac­tion. Al­though we avoided the rain, it was in­cred­i­bly dark in the for­est on this win­ter’s morn­ing and we had to shoot at a much higher ISO than I had imag­ined.

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