These colder months mean shorter days with less light and more opportunities to use slower shutter speeds without needing ND filters, so this is a good time to go over this topic…Motion Blur and Panning both illustrate movement in a still image. Not unlike Futurist painter Giacomo Balla’s …
If you want to learn or perfect your panning technique, Here is the best place to practice in any pedestrian crossing like the picture above. And the pedestrian stripes will help you on your horizon while the steel gate will give you the vertical guide. And here the basic settings/skills for panning shots below:
Basic Settings For Panning Shots:
- You will need to actively be changing your shutter speed, your aperture, and your ISO = Manual Mode
- The most important setting is your shutter speed, however the actual numbers vary depending on your subject. If you are shooting high speed action shots you can get great panning shots with 1/250 sec, however if you are shooting slow rolling then you would need to drop the shutter speed down to around 1/60 sec. Obviously it is very difficult to get a good focused shot with such a slow shutter speed, but this is where the advances in digital photography help us. We can shoot tons and tons of pictures! Start taking pictures in large burst, and with any luck one or two will turn out.