Burst with ex­cite­ment

Find a colourful sub­ject and try your hand at shoot­ing dy­namic zoom bursts

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Here’s a trick that will spice up your shots: a zoom burst. It’s easy to fake this look in Pho­to­shop, but it’s far more re­ward­ing to learn to take them yourself. You don’t need any spe­cial kit to at­tempt this tech­nique, which es­sen­tially con­sists of zoom­ing your Nikon’s lens out in one smooth move­ment dur­ing a long ex­po­sure.

You can at­tempt to shoot a zoom burst in­doors or out, but a bright, eas­ily recog­nis­able sub­ject is best. A bright flower set against a plain back­ground, such as grass, is per­fect to start with. Don’t worry about shoot­ing in dark con­di­tions or tak­ing shots with­out a tri­pod, you’ll still be able to get a great shot. There’s a knack to zoom­ing out smoothly at the right speed, but it’s worth per­se­ver­ing for a fi­nal shot that packs a punch.

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