How To Take Motion Photos and Photography Movement


How To Take Motion Photos

How To Take Motion Photos and Photography Movement

Lokosnimka - While it is indeed tricky, it isn’t impossible to capture photos of people or objects in motion. However this task is not without its challenges and difficulties. This is where your dedication will be tested. One thing I guarantee though, the journey will be fun.

The first thing to do would be to slow down the speed of your shutter. The reason that blurs show up in pictures is because you are allowing the shutter of the camera to open up long enough so that the camera’s image sensor is able to ‘see’ the movement of the subject. 

So pull out your camera, toggle its settings and make sure to select a longer shutter speed. Your next question might be, “How long should the shutter speed be?” Well, the answer to that question depends entirely on the subject of the photo. 

The shutter speed to capture a snail making its way from one stone to another will differ from the required shutter speed for a racing vehicle. How much lighting there is on the scene will also affect how long your shutter speed should be.

 This is because a longer shutter speed allows more light into the camera. This means that there is a chance that the photo could come out as overexposed. This is why it will be necessary to practice and play around with some shots in order to determine the appropriate shutter speed you should be using in a particular scene or for a specific subject.

There are two ways to get motion to appear in photos. The first is to have the subject move while taking the photo and the second is to have the camera move while the photo of the subject is being taken. In most cases it will probably be the former method you will be working with. In this case you will need to do everything humanly possible to keep the camera perfectly still.

Otherwise, in addition to the motion you will be seeing from the subject itself, you might also notice that the entire frame will seem like it’s in motion. This is because of the longer shutter speed used. Obviously, you want to avoid this result at all costs. You can use a tripod to minimize this effect. Just do what you can to secure your camera and make sure that it is perfectly still while taking the photo of the subject in motion.

Switch your camera to either full Manual Mode or Shutter Priority Mode. This will allow you to set your shutter speed to your liking and tells the camera to choose settings that will give your photo good exposure. This is critical as even the smallest changes in shutter speed can significantly impact your shots.

Therefore you want to make sure that you have as much control over the camera’s settings as possible. Alternatively, you can set your camera to Manual mode if you want to balance out the aperture/shutter speed yourself.

Another useful tip to keep in mind which can help balance out the extra light that comes with using a longer shutter speed is to adjust the camera’s ISO setting. ISO settings affect the sensitivity of a digital camera’s image sensor. Having said that, using a lower number will help in making the sensor less sensitive.

Neutral density filters also work very well with slower shutter speeds. The filters work by cutting down the light that passes through the lens of the camera. This can be likened to the effect of sunglasses on our eyes. In the same way, the filters reduce the amount of light that comes in through the lens of the camera. 

One good example would be when you want to shoot in an extremely bright area. You can compromise the slower shutter speed by using the neutral density filter and getting a well balanced shot as a result. That said neutral density filters are especially useful in the daytime. A polarising filter is another effective tool you can use for motion photos. These create a similar effect to neutral density filters.

Lastly, the Slow Sync Flash is good to experiment with for taking motion photos.  Panning is also an interesting technique to use as the background is blurred in the photo.

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