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Try Using Panning to Shoot Motion

April 29, 2014 2:28 pm

We love the Tameron Blog, so here’s a quick tip on how to shoot motion using panning!

Jeff Allen writes,

A great way to photograph “night light” subjects is to follow, or pan, with the subject as it moves past you. The best results are achieved when using the continuous shooting mode on the camera, so there are more frames to choose from. Experiment with shutter speeds, but the results are generally created with shutter speeds ranging from 1/10 sec. to 1/60 sec., depending on how fast the subject is moving and the amount of available light. When panning, leave a bit of room in the frame for the subject to “move into”. This shot of a carousel horse was the third frame of a of five-shot burst shooting as the horse approached and passed by. Good results can be achieved with this technique whether hand-held or panning on a tripod. 

Now that the weather is improving, you may find yourself out and about and able to shoot more action shots. Try panning to get a similar effect like this:

picture of a merry go round shot by panning the camera to follow the subject causing a beautiful effect.

Credit: http://tamrontechstips.typepad.com/tamron_blog/2013/09/-shooting-motion-with-panning.html