Motion Blur

27Jun

Rich is showing Mark (Team Manager) the ways of the Camera at the moment. Yesterday’s lesson was Motion Blur…

That’s what we’re looking for… blurry background, sharp rider. Rich is blurry and Rob is looking… err… let’s just say “sharp”…

To get photos like this you need to slow your shutter speed down to around 100th-150th second, depending on how fast your riders are moving. Either set your focus first, or let the autofocus do the work if your camera is clever enough. Pan with the skater smoothly and take the picture just before they go past you. After you’ve taken the picture, keep swinging the camera with your subject – it’ll keep your movement smoother and therefore the skater sharper.

You will get a really nice sensation of speed… even though the skaters were only going at sprint pace on the HQ hill, the photos are dynamic and full of movement.

You don’t really need a fancy camera to do this – just one that allows you to set your shutter speed manually. Get out there and try it!

More photo tips soon…