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:

Lonely Planet Magazine (US) - - Explore - See more of Read’s work at markread pho­tog­ra­phy.co.uk.

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

dancers, mu­si­cians.

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 diƒer­ent sit­u­a­tions to il­lus­trate things

in the way I want.

STATS Fo­cal length 80mm Shut­ter 1/15 sec Aper­ture f/2.8 ISO 400

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