Per­fect your pan­ning tech­nique

Digital Photograper - - Creative Sport & Action -

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

© Keri Beal

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.

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