Before starting to work on Project 2: Notes on how to capture motion in photographs

As I said at the beginning of Project 1, I have no technical skills in photography and so I am taking a short look at how to capture motion in photography.

I have found some brilliant information online, as usual, and particularly on two websites, and, both with interesting articles on techniques for working with movement in photographs: (Accessed 4/05/2017) (Accessed 4/05/2017) (Accessed 4/05/2017)

From what I have read there are several techniques that can be used to attain different effects:

  • Choosing a longer shutter speed to get blur in a photograph, considering the light available and the speed of the object moving.
  • Keeping the camera still for example by using a tripod during long exposure times.
  • Reducing the light entering the camera by decreasing the camera’s aperture in manual mode, or by adjusting the ISO setting to lower values, or else by using filters.
  • Using slow sync flash, that is to say combining longer shutter speeds with a flash.
  • Panning, that is to say moving the camera along with a moving subject so it remains in focus while the background gets blurred.
  • On the contrary, freezing the whole photograph by using an extra small shutter speed (less than 1/1000th of a second).
  • Blurring everything in the photograph.
  • Using the continuous shooting feature to capture a series of shot and join them together in the post-processing phase.

Not easy for a novice but I shall try my best … if everything fails I have also discovered that there are slow shutter apps available for mobile phones that imitate these techniques.





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