Life in Slow Motion
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 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.
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.
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).
When combining still and moving subjects in the frame, ensure that the camera is stabilised or simply switch on IS.
This article originally appeared in the November 2012 issue of Better Photography.Tags: Shooting Technique, Chandni Gajria, blurs, november 2012, shoot blurs