MASTER PAN­NING TECH­NIQUES

Dis­cover the sim­ple process for cre­at­ing a dis­tinct col­lec­tion of im­ages with an ab­stract sense of place

Digital Photograper - - Techniques -

1 FIND A LO­CA­TION

coastal views work well be­cause there are de­fined bands of colour cre­ated by the beach, the sea and the sky. Dur­ing spring, yel­low oilseed rape against blue sky would work bril­liantly. same with poppy fields in the sum­mer.

2 LEVEL AND SQUARE

The cam­era needs to be per­fectly level and square so you record par­al­lel bands of colour. use a hot­shoe spirit level or your cam­era’s in­ter­nal elec­tronic level. Also check the tri­pod head is level us­ing its bull’s eye bub­ble.

3 SLOWLY DOES IT

use a shut­ter speed of 0.5-2secs to get the streaky ef­fect. To achieve this, set the cam­era to aper­ture pri­or­ity ex­po­sure mode and stop the lens down as far as you need to – in bright con­di­tions you may need an nD fil­ter.

4 PAN­NING

Loosen the hor­i­zon­tal lock on the tri­pod head so the cam­era swings freely from left to right. Move the cam­era to the left, start pan­ning smoothly to the right and fire the shut­ter as you’re pan­ning. Keep pan­ning af­ter the shut­ter closes.

5 VARY YOUR AP­PROACH

The re­sults may be a lit­tle jerky to be­gin with, but you’ll soon get the hang of it. As well as left-to-right pans, you can try right to left and also vary the speed of the pan so you get more or less streak­ing.

6 FIN­ISH­ING TOUCHES

Back home, down­load the RAW files to your com­puter and process them in Pho­to­shop or Light­room. Ad­just clar­ity to boost con­trast and vi­brance to make the colours stronger – all the way to +100 if nec­es­sary.

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