Master the art of zoom blur

Zoom with a skew

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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.

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