Photography: Fun with Panning

Last month I did a post on ghosting in photos.  Another way to use long shutter speeds to create fun images is panning.  The aim of a panned image is to get the moving object to be clear while the background blurs with the movement.  This method can take a lot of time and patience but it is a lot of fun to experiment with.

To create an image using panning you need to:

  • find a fast moving subject
  • set your camera on Tv (shutter priority) or manual setting at 1/15 of a second or longer
  • set your camera on continuos shooting
  • manual focus your camera on the depth the objects will be passing in front of you
  • position yourself where you can get an unobstructed view of the moving objects
  • shoot continuously while following the object with your camera at the same speed

The key to success in this type of photography is taking hundreds of shots and pick out the most successful one.  While you are shooting remember to experiment a little with the length of the shutter speed

Here’s a few of my favourites from over the years.

Hope you enjoy experimenting

Other Ways to Be Creative with Shutterspeed:
Ghosting in Images
Light Painting

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