Panning is an interesting art of photography. It has been there since ages but it still excites many photographers. It gives the right feel of motion to your pictures. Panning works best for sports and motion photography or when you want to depict a motion or movement in your subject while keeping it sharp and focused.
Panning basically means you click the picture of a moving subject while you move your camera with the subject. You get the subject clear but the background is blurred. For this experiment with the following settings:
- Set your camera on a slow shutter speed like 1/40 or 1/30. You need the slow shutter speed as you need the blurred background.
- Stand on the side of the road (best place to practice with the moving traffic). Decide on a point in the middle of the road, in front of you, where you adjust your focus.
- Select a motorist or a car and keeping it in your view you rotate the camera with it. The moment you reach the point where you have set the focus, shoot your picture but keep the camera fixed on the subject.
For best results set the lens focusing mode to continuous and take multiple shots.
This needs a lot of practice, but it gets more exciting as you get better and better. Keep clicking and post your comments about the experience. I’m sure this is a first for many.
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