Motion – Preview

This is the third in our series of lessons. In this lesson we’ll consider ways to deal with motion – ideally to make creative images. Some examples of what we’ll look at are,

1. When the subject is moving –

a. Panning the camera to keep the subject in focus (more or less) while blurring the background

Photo from Dreamer7112’s Photostream @ Flickr

b. Keeping the camera stationary to keep the background in focus and simultaneously get a frozen or blurred subject (depending on shutter speed)

Photo from E01’s Photostream at Flickr

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2. Stationary subject

a. Moving the camera for “arty” effects

Photos by Ed Knepley (camera movement illustrations – vertical pan )

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The primary camera setting for dealing with motion is shutter speed. In general, we can state the obvious –

  • Fast shutter speeds freeze action
  • Slow shutter speeds support blurring
  • The definition of  fast & slow shutter speeds depends on the speed of movement of the subject.

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Here is a 3-minute video that discusses shutter speed basics.

Here’s another short video (very basic) that may be helpful.