When you capture motion in an image you capture so much more. You capture energy and emotion. You can make your subject stand out against the background, or convey a sense of time passing.
The two methods for capturing motion we’ll be highlighting here both use slow shutter speed to demonstrate motion, with different end results. What counts as a ‘slow’ shutter speed? That depends on the subject and how it’s moving! Half the fun in trying these methods is in the experimentation.
Your assignment this week is to use one (or both!) of the below techniques to create a sense of motion in your images.
1 – Panning The goal here is to freeze part or all of your moving subject while allowing the background to blur. Pan the camera at the same speed the subject is moving while using a slow shutter speed.
- Put your camera on Shutter Priority and set your shutter speed to around 1/30 of a second, then, after reviewing the results, adjust to a faster or slower speed to achieve the effect you want. You can use a neutral density filter if the light is too bright to achieve the shutter speed you want.
- Use continuous focus and a high-speed continuous shooting mode to take multiple images as you track the subject.
- Practice tracking the moving subject, and be sure to follow through as the subject passes you from side to side.
2 – Long Exposure In contrast to panning, this method will freeze your background while the subject is allowed to blur. You’ll need a tripod for this technique.
- Select a background with some stationary objects and visual interest, but not so much that it’ll compete with your subject.
- Put your camera on Shutter Priority and set your shutter speed to around 1/30 of a second, then adjust to a faster or slower speed as you review results.
- Keep the camera still while your subject moves within the frame.
Stretch your creativity finding unique ways to create motion in and around your home, then post your images on Muench University. Our group of professional photographers will offer some feedback and support for your efforts!