This week we looked at motion photography. The different types are:
- Freeze the motion (p. 84)
- Panning with the subject/background blur (p. 88)
- Implying motion (p. 92)
- Blur of the whole scene
Check out this link for more info on panning.
This blog article on photographing helicopters is really interesting and helpful for learning about photographing things in motion.
Panning tips – Panning can only really be done effectively when you’re prepared for it. You have to find a place where you know someone or something will be moving.
How to pan:
- Pre-focus your camera on the spot where you expect your subject to appear.
- Frame your shot and wait for the subject to approach the edge of your frame.
- As soon as the subject enters the spot you focused on press the shutter button and keep it pressed (using your camera’s continuous shooting mode).
- As you’re doing this follow/pan the camera with the subject. When you pan a few things are important:
- The movement of the subject has to be in a fairly straight line (refer to the diagram).
- The wider your angle of view on the scene, the wider your pan can be.
- Make the pan motion as smooth and as straight along the horizon line as possible.
- Any camera shake or movement up or down will result in additional, undesirable smearing/blurring.
- Expect your success rate to be rather low with this technique. It may take many shots to get one which is “just right”. Stand in one place and take about a couple dozen photos of the same sort of stuff. Practice, repetition and perseverance will get you there.
- For best panning results the shutter speed should be set around 1/6s to 1/20s. The slower the subject – the slower the shutter speed.
- Set youre f number to at least f/5.6, but there’s no optimal setting for this.
- You can make panning shots with virtually any lens, but remember, it should be easy for you to hold it so as not to cause camera shake and additional smearing/blurring. A zoom lens is best to do this.
We also talked about travel photography. If you don’t travel often then you may want to practice by learning to see where you live in the eyes of a tourist. Take a look at the website A Walk Through Durham Township which has some great examples of being a tourist in your own town as well as some wonderful photographs.
You have a choice for your assignment next week. You can shoot photos of the different types of motion or take a “trip” through your neighborhood or somewhere local and tell us the story of your trip in photographs. If you choose the trip assignment remember that every story has a beginning, middle and end.
You need to bring in three to five photographs of your assignment. Be creative. Don’t forget about composition, lighting and the interest value of your photos. Also, if you’re telling a story about a place you’ve been, don’t forget that every story has a beginning, middle and end.
For the morning class students, we also talked about black and white photography. Black and white photography can add a dramatic effect to your photos. It is recommended to shoot all photos in color and then convert them to black and white in a photo editing program. That said, color can sometimes be distracting. You can learn a lot about composition and light and by eliminating the element of color and spending a day shooting with you camera in monochrome mode.
For extra credit, put your camera in monochrome mode and spend a day shooting in black and white. Bring in a few of your favorites along with your regular homework assignment.
For inspiration, do a search on Flickr for black and white photos.
Think about starting a photo/visual journal of notes and ideas for photographs. Here is an article on keeping a photographic journal.
Information about Dan Eldon and his journals.
Another photographer, Peter Beard, that has kept journals all his life.
Amazon links for a few of the books about photographers and journals …
A good book on visual journaling: Drawing From Life: The Journal as Art
A few more sites you might like…
Here is a link to the movie about Dan Eldon’s life.
Here’s some more information on recording your ideas.
A few more sites you might like…
If you’re a nature buff then you’ll like this blog alot. Her photos are beautiful.
If you haven’t been over to the Flickr site yet…get thee there and check out the millions of photos that have been posted by people from around the world. Do a search on a topic such as children, travel or flowers and get lost for hours looking at photos.