Panning, The Art Of Motion Photography!

posted on 17th of august, 2011

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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Comments (12)

Posted by Froogz on August 18, 2011
just love the picture of the dog. the other one is photoshop all the way, no panning technic there! About the speed settings, no sure if you can set a speed as a tip, you are inducing others to error. The simple example of that, is that you shot the dog at 1/1000th with f7.1 and iso 800, so there are no rules for speed, just go with the light avaliable and the speed of your subject. a moving turtle will require a very different setting than a rocket missile!
Posted by Grafvision on August 18, 2011
Thanks for sharing! Great pictures...
Posted by Hunor83 on August 18, 2011
Thanks for sharing! Congratulations. Nice pictures...
Posted by FabioConcetta on August 18, 2011
It 'a great creative technique, to develop their potential! Nice blog, congrats!
Posted by Egomezta on August 17, 2011
Thanks for sharing this great info.
Posted by Davidwatmough on August 17, 2011
I have an image of a bike / cyclist of this type taken recently at the Strathpeffer Highland Gathering and already in my portfolio. I agree its a useful way to increase interest. David. [imgl]http://www.20623733[/imgl]
Posted by Nero67 on August 17, 2011
Thanks for sharing!!!
Posted by Mariaam on August 17, 2011
Thanks for sharing! It looks great!
Posted by Haslinda on August 17, 2011
I have been practising and practising. Still haven't get the results I crave for. I wonder though, do you use a tripod for that kind of shots or do you mostly do it handheld?
Posted by Calyx22 on August 17, 2011
I love panning, but it's a hard technique to master for me personally. But it's still so fun to try, isn't it? Hope to see some panning images from you soon! :)
Posted by Marugod83 on August 17, 2011
i've tried that once and I was not very satisfied by the result! I will use those tips and let's see the results. Thank for sharing
Posted by Digitalvox on August 17, 2011
Thank you for sharing tips of panning photography. I like action photography especially when taking picture of my hyperactive son :-)

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