Getting more out of your Camera: Motion

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

I haven't posted a tips entry for a while. Over the holidays I read a few articles about shooting light trails and they got me thinking about motion photography in general.

Capturing movement takes a bit of practice and you need to pick your location and moment carefully, but a well-composed action shot is something to be really pleased with in my book!

Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen
F5.6, 1/8

Tips for Capturing Motion

1. Slow down your shutter speed
To allow the camera time to capture movement, you need to let the shutter stay open for longer. It does depend on other factors such as the amount of available lighting and how much motion you want in the picture, but a good starting point might be a shutter speed of 1/200 sec. Experiment by taking it down from there and see what you come up with.

Bayswater Road, London
F2.8, 1/8

2. Keep your camera still
A slower shutter means more wobble factor, so use a tripod if you can, otherwise firm up the camera as much as possible before you start shooting.

Lefkas, Greece
F4.5, 1/2

3. Choose a lower ISO setting
Decreasing the ISO will allow you to use a longer shutter speed.

Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen
F3.5, 1.3

4. Play, play, play!
Following these basic tips will point you in the right direction, but nothing beats experimenting and getting to know your camera. Pick your subject, then get out there and practise ~ I'd love to know what you come up with!

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