Creative photoshop Add a sense of speed
James Paterson shows you a quick and easy way to give static subjects some extra zoom
Photography gives us the ability to freeze action, but this can sometimes mean we lose the sense of speed. One way to get round this is to use a slightly longer shutter speed, then pan with the subject (see page 10). Get this right and the subject will stay sharp while the background will be nicely blurred.
When it’s done well, nothing can beat panning blur, but the technique is notoriously hit-andmiss. Luckily, we can achieve similar results with Photoshop filters. One advantage the Photoshop method has is that we can make static subjects appear to be travelling at great speed.
If you’ve got a Photoshop CC subscription, you can make use of a new feature that lets you add noise to the blur. This means you can get uniform noise across the frame, just as if the effect were captured in-camera. This is especially useful for low-light images like our shot, taken as the sun was setting with the ISO set to a noise-inducing 4500. Here’s how it works...