Five steps to a pan blur

Andy says… Use these five sim­ple steps to cre­ate fas­ci­nat­ing im­ages

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1 Choose your sub­ject – the fastest cy­clists, for ex­am­ple. 2 Set ex­po­sure with a rel­a­tively slow (1/125 sec) shut­ter speed (note that for re­ally fast-mov­ing sports you will still need to have a fairly high shut­ter speed). As a guide, pan blurs nor­mally range from 1/125 sec to 1/30 sec. For For­mula 1, one of the fastest mov­ing of all sports, a speed of 1/500 sec cre­ates a pan blur if you are shoot­ing the ac­tion side-on. 3 Start mov­ing the cam­era at the same time as the sub­ject be­gins to move. Keep track­ing the sub­ject all the way through the pan. 4 Press the shut­ter but­ton, but still keep pan­ning. 5 Ex­per­i­ment with dif­fer­ent shut­ter speeds to find out what works best for dif­fer­ent sub­jects.

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