Photograph Life in Motion
Frequent Lonely Planet contributor Mark Read took this photo of a dancer in Oaxaca, Mexico. Here, he shares his tips for getting a shot like this:
To capture motion, pan the camera at the same speed of the subject while using a slow shutter speed. This freezes the subject and blurs the background.
The slower the shutter speed, the more motion you’ll capture. In low light, drop the shutter speed down to one-thirtieth to one-eighth
of a second. Crop in close to focus on your subject. There were things that I wanted to keep out of the photo: audience members, other
The energy of photography is o en in the imperfections. When it’s beautifully shot and the background is perfectly composed,
I’m less interested.
If you haven’t done it before, practice the technique. I have a whole library of techniques that
I can bring to dierent situations to illustrate things
in the way I want.
STATS Focal length 80mm Shutter 1/15 sec Aperture f/2.8 ISO 400