Week 22 : Movement
Capturing movement. This is one of my favorite things to do. I love freezing that jump or explosion of hair as a small child is running past. Or perhaps panning. Moving my camera with my subject so they're in focus and the background is a dizzying blur. Movement draws you in. It captures the feel of what you want to portray.
Movement can be tricky when you are just starting your photography journey but it doesn't have to be daunting. With some practice you can capture great movement.
Here are some tips for freezing motion.
1-Use a fast shutter speed.
2-Use AI Servo and continuous mode so you shoot many photos back to back and your camera will help track the movement.
3-Predetermine focus – if you know where your subject will be select a spot on the same plane and focus ahead (or have the camera pointed there and ready) – I often try both tracking the subject and pre-focusing and seeing which best fits for the specific situation.
Some tips for Panning
1-Use a slow shutter speed - Some guidelines suggest starting at 1/30 or 1/20 second and moving up or down from there
2 -You're striving to have something in the picture sharp - something has to be sharp to hold your eyes in the picture. If you're photographing, say, kids running on the lawn, panning with them and shooting at 1/1000 second will freeze them. Choose 1/125 second, though, and focus on one child, and his face will likely be pretty sharp, but his arms and legs will be a blur of motion, as will the background. If you get two or three elements sharp, chances are you have a keeper.
I know you are going to enjoy the movement in these images this week as much as I do! Thanks to everyone of you who absolutely killed it this week! And if you'd like to join in the fun go here, https://www.facebook.com/groups/Our52/