Moving Your Way Towards Movement Photography – 4 Examples

August 9, 2016 § Leave a comment

So you’re tired of boring photos, dreary photos of fake smiles and robotic poses, nagging at the kids to keep still while they get their photo taken… BORING! Wake up and look at this! Make your photos works of art by using the wonderful technique called movement photography!Movement photography can be achieved by using any DSLR camera and a range of techniques from Panning, Freezing, Zooming blur and Time Lapse photography.The key to movement photography is shutter speed. This means the amount of time the shutter is open after you press the button to take the photograph – if you set the camera to a slow shutter speed, the shutter will stay open longer, with a lot of light hitting the sensor. You can guarantee that anything moving in your photo will be blurred.- PanningThis technique is achieved by setting a slow shutter speed on your camera – 1/30 to 1/60 is the shutter speed to start with. The trick with this technique is that you move the camera in time with the object you’re photographing. The effect you’re looking for is a blurred background and the focus of your photo is sharp and clear. The best way to perfect this technique is by trial and error. Practice taking photos of your subjects at different speeds – a cyclist, a dog running, cars driving at varying speeds etc. Focus on a part of your subject and that will help you to keep the camera still and follow it through as the subject moves past you. Start pressing the capture button before the subject reaches where you would define the perfect point and continue as the subject goes past this point. You wont get the perfect shot on your first try. However with some practice you can achieve pictures with that ‘ooohhh’ ‘aaaahhh’ effect!

– FreezingFreezing an image in the frame is achieved by speeding up the shutter speed (around 1/200) and adding a flash to the shot. To get these great photos, you will need as much light as possible. Using water or better still some milk – (which is thicker and will hold its shape longer), try dropping a strawberry into a glass of milk and capturing the point of impact – the strawberry hitting the milk, and then the splash of the milk up out of the glass – that’s pure art!- Zooming BlurAnother interesting movement photography technique is Zooming Blur. This gives the illusion that the stationery image is moving toward or away from you. You will need to set your camera up on a tripod so that you don’t get any sort of movement you don’t need. You need to set a long shutter speed, and so the time from when the shutter opens and closes, you are zooming in and out on your image, giving the photo movement streaks. As with other techniques, practice makes perfect.

– Time Lapse photographyThis technique is becoming more and more popular. It is the positioning of a camera on a tripod with hundreds of shots being taken of the same image at the same angle over minutes/days/weeks/months that tells a story of how the scene has evolved. Time lapse photography of a building site is a good example – the months it takes to construct a building can be viewed in minutes by watching the string of photographs played in very quick succession.There you have it, 4 ways of beefing up your photo collection! Get yourself out into the world with your camera and perfect these techniques. Take a note pad with you to record data such as shutter speed and aperture for certain shots so that you can analyse your shots back at the computer later on to see what works and what doesn’t. It will not take very long to become the photographer you’ve always wanted to be!


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