Perfect your panning technique
This is a very popular shutter speed technique for creative, eye-catching sport and action images, but practice is needed to get the correct look and feel
Creativity in motion
This shot by Keri Beal illustrates an ideal blend of artistic background blur and pin-sharp subject. With experience, panning can transform otherwise lifeless scenes
Take a test shot Gently pivot around your centre of gravity, tracking the subject as they pass your position, keeping them in the viewfinder.
Switch to TV mode Set your camera to Shutter Priority mode (S or TV on most mode dials) to control shutter speed independently. The camera will control f-stop.
Set shutter speed Start by lowering the shutter speed to between 1/60sec and 1/15sec to judge the amount of blur you want to introduce.
Change your ISO settings Next you need to set your camera sensitivity to around ISO 100 to 400, in order to allow for lengthened exposures.
Adjust and reshoot Lower the shutter speed further if you need more blur, adjusting the ISO if necessary. Reshoot until you capture the ideal sharpness/blur balance.
Switch to burst mode Use continuous shooting to capture your subject in multiple positions as they speed past your field of view.