Life in Slow Motion

 
Be alert about when  your subject is about  to move. And release  the shutter just when  they do. Photograph/Ganesh Ramchandra Ambokar

Be alert about when your subject is about to move. And release the shutter just when they do. Photograph/Ganesh Ramchandra Ambokar

To create a sense of motion in your frame, stay still, observe and simply photograph all the movement around you. Chandni Gajria tells you how.

Though motion blur is often used for capturing the movement of fast moving subjects like a sports car or a bus, but the technique of motion blur can be used in almost every type of genre in photography—even when the movement is slow and subtle.

The Technique
The shutterspeed you decide to use will be based on how fast the subject is moving and also the extent of blur you want to show in the frame. In most cases, you can use a slow shutterspeed of 1/4sec or 1/20sec. In other words, to capture the motion of people walking on a busy street, an exposure of 1/4sec is ideal. On the other hand, you can use 1/20sec to capture the movement of a fast moving train or of kids running in the park.

Using an extremely  slow shutterspeed has  resulted in capturing  a longer string of the  dance movement. Exposure: 3sec at f/6.3  (ISO 200). Photograph/Dtimoske

Using an extremely slow shutterspeed has resulted in capturing a longer string of the dance movement. Exposure: 3sec at f/6.3 (ISO 200). Photograph/Dtimoske

How to Use Motion Blur Effectively
Remember that for a good motion blur picture, you will need to keep your camera steady and let the subject be in motion.

Mounting the camera on a tripod is the best way to keep it still. However, in locations where managing a tripod is difficult, look around for alternatives. You can use rocks or the roof of the car.

It is always better to have the subject enter the frame when captured in motion. Photograph/Debashis Tarafder

It is always better to have the subject enter the frame when captured in motion. Photograph/Debashis Tarafder

Compensate for Slow Shutterspeed
A lot of light enters the camera if you choose to shoot at a slow shutterspeed. To balance your exposure, you can always decrease the ISO or opt for a narrower aperture (f/8, f/11 and so on).

Quick Tip
When combining still and moving subjects in the frame, ensure that the camera is stabilised or simply switch on IS.

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