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  • Skribentens bildLinda Persson

Motion Photography Tips

Another finalist photo of mine. A couple of weeks ago I was notified this Mustang shot (originally photographed for Power Magazine) was selected finalist in genre "Fast moving" on Viewbug.

How do one capture speed and motion blur?

There are many tricks to it.

Slower moving objects can also have motion blur as well as fast moving ones. It all depends on shutter speed and your panning skills.

I will keep it brief:

I practice panning and camera settings standing by a busy highway (on a safe distance behind a fence).

A good setting (but not to live by) is 1/80sec but 1/250 sec can work too. Much depending on the light of the day and how you prefer your shot. Don't get too caught up on the shutter speed. Practice your

panning instead.

I find it harder to get a good motion photo with my FX camera than my DX. I prefer DX here as you can use the whole screen to capture the object from (corner to corner). The FX is pretty much set to the center of the screen or it will not turn out. You don't have time to move the focus point around when your object is moving. However, if you have the option, set your focus points to AF-C 3D (Nikon) and when you lock the object, the camera will automatically follow its path, or it will predict the object's movement and help you in that respect. But best is to practice panning and more panning.

If you can, don't zoom. Better have space around the moving object and crop the photo in the post processing. You will likely have to straighten it out and crop it anyways as you can't hold the camera perfectly straight when panning.

Some people use monopods for motion photography. It may help to some degree but it can also be in the way so you do as feels right for you. These are just my tips to you. Good luck!


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