Master the art of zoom blur
Zoom with a skew
This technique is great fun – and it’s so easy to do, too
01 Go slow
You’ll need a shutter speed that gives you enough time to twist the zoom ring (ideally 1/8 sec or longer). When shooting in daylight, use aperture-priority mode and set your smallest aperture, and your lowest possible ISO. This should give you a fairly slow shutter speed.
02 Avoid the wobbles
Attach your Nikon to a tripod to keep streaks clean and straight. As zoom blur is such an unpredictable effect, it can be helpful to hand-hold while experimenting with subjects and compositions, then fix your camera to a tripod when you’ve settled on a good angle.
03 Do the twist
The blur travels towards the centre, so compose a scene with some symmetry to it, perhaps with a focal point in the very middle. Press the shutter and twist the barrel of the lens at the same time, taking care not to nudge the camera position.