CAPTURE MOTION IN A SCENE
Experiment with slow shutter speeds and use subject movement for creative effect
A step-by-step guide to shooting and editing an artistic landscape image
When did you last take a photograph where some, or all, of your subject was blurred? The reason we ask is because nothing divides opinion among photographers like blur. Some love it, but others hate it and will go to great lengths to make sure that every shot they take – and everything in those shots – is tack sharp, using fast lenses, sturdy tripods and high shutter speeds to freeze everything.
However, as this tutorial demonstrates, by allowing moving elements in a scene to blur, instead of always stopping them dead, you can capture a wonderful sense of motion in your images that adds atmosphere and interest.
There is no single way to achieve the desired effect, so experimentation is usually required. The two main factors are how fast your subject is moving, and the shutter speed you use to photograph it – the faster the movement and the slower the shutter speed, the more motion you’ll record. Those shutter speeds will be dictated by light levels, lens aperture and ISO, and if required, neutral density filters can be used to slow the shutter speed down even more.
To give you an idea of what can be achieved, we photographed a classic Venetian scene at dawn that includes both static and moving elements.
Above GONDOLAS AT DAWN, VENICE, ITALY For the final image, an exposure of 50 seconds was used to capture lots of motion in the bobbing gondolas so they contrast well with the static elements in the scene. The water in the foreground has also been...