Just twist and shoot

James Pater­son re­veals how to cre­ate a dra­matic ef­fect us­ing your zoom lens

NPhoto - - Nikon Skills -

Zoom bursts are achieved by twist­ing the zoom ring dur­ing a long ex­po­sure. The change in fo­cal length cre­ates streaks of colour and light that seem to burst from the cen­tre of the frame. It’s an ef­fect nor­mally as­so­ci­ated with sports pho­tog­ra­phy for the sense of speed the blur gives to ac­tion (es­pe­cially when the sub­ject is com­ing to­wards you), but the tech­nique can also be used for cre­ative ab­stracts. Any bright spots will be elon­gated by the zoom, which means dap­pled light through trees works well, as the bright high­lights are trans­formed into warp-speed-like streaks. To set up for a zoom burst you need a longish shut­ter speed to al­low time for the twist, and although it is pos­si­ble to shoot hand­held, a tri­pod will give you bet­ter re­sults. Here’s how it’s done…

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