Ah.. panning shot.. one of the most exciting skill to learn. as a newcomer i love the picture produced when applying this technique but unfortunately this technique really depends on luck and a lot of practices (how does 1 acceptable picture in 30 shot sounds?)
pan? because normally we pan the subject not tilt or zoom (but you can be creative by doing tilting and zooming shot btw)
the idea is to follow your subject during the exposure time. by doing that, you will get a blurred background and sharp subject. this IMHO is the better than high shutter speed picture since there is a sense of movement by panning the subject, the body look static, but the wheel look blur.
this is my setup :-
- choose slow shutter speed. if your camera reads 1/100, reduce it to 1/50 , 1/30 or even 1/10 seconds. experiment with shutter speed a lot. remember, the slower the shutter, the longer you have to pan the target thus increase the probability of shaking and out of focus subject.
- get parrallel with subject you’re panning remember? so the best and easiest is to get parallel with subject.
- avoid the traffic, get elevated and uncluttered area
- get start from your left or right side, release the shutter and continue to pan (even when you viewfinder goes black) unitl you reach the other side of view (if left – right, vice versa)
be creative, be very patient and experiment a lot with your shutter speed. your best picture is just around the corner 🙂
here is my example shot..
this is not a good one, the subject already left the scene.. so make sure to start panning when subject entering the frame.