Shoot Blurs: Track & Pan On The Go

 
Think ahead.  While tracking, you  will need to release the  shutter a little before  the subject is actually  within your view. Exposure: 1/60sec at f/25  (ISO 200). Photograph/Suresh Narayanan

Think ahead. While tracking, you will need to release the shutter a little before the subject is actually within your view. Exposure: 1/60sec at f/25 (ISO 200). Photograph/Suresh Narayanan

Make photographs even while you travel. Observe and then wait for the right moment to release the shutter. Chandni Gajria explores more.

Everyday, we travel. Some of us go to work, some to college and the lucky ones get to explore new places. And while we are travelling in trains, cars, buses, rickshaws there are so many photo opportunities that just cannot be missed. So what if you are in a vehicle and in motion? You can make great pictures on a journey too.

The Technique
Tracking and panning are quite similar and are a great way to show the movement of fast moving objects. When you photograph scenery or a certain subject from a moving vehicle you are tracking the movement of the subject. Panning on the other hand is moving the camera along the direction of the subject while still being steady. In both these techniques the camera is in motion.

The best possible way to achieve a tracking or a panning shot is to start shooting at 1/30sec. Depending upon the light and the speed of the subject, you can change the shutterspeeds till 1/60sec.

Achieving the Perfect Shot
Tracking a subject from a moving vehicle can be a challenge if the vehicle you are travelling in is moving really fast. However,look out from the vehicle’s windshield to see if the approaching scenery is something you want to shoot.

To track the subject successfully, your camera will need to have a fast autofocus system. Such a system will also be helpful while using the panning technique. You can even prefocus on a spot using Manual focus and press the shutter when your subject is in plain view.

Practise and Have Patience
You will need a lot of practise and not to forget, patience to achieve a picture where the subject is sharp. So keep practising!

Quick Tip
Do not get distracted by external elements. Set your AF point on one part of the frame and concentrate on it until your subjects falls perfectly on it.

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