Photography Tips : Capturing Motion in Photography

This is Anthony Maddaloni and we are going
to talk about motion in photography, capturing motion in photography. Now, when you’re taking
pictures, most of the time you’re just aiming your lens and you’re photographing. But to
lend, you know, more interesting items to your subject matter, you might want to capture
something moving very fast or you might want to capture something very fast and let it
blur. And thats one of the coolest things about photography, is that you want to create
your own style. And one of the easiest ways in doing that is by capturing motion. Now
the first thing that you have to know when you’re, when you want to freeze something
is called panning, meaning that you are moving your camera along with that subject, might
it be a swimmer, someone on a bike, a fast moving animal. So thats really what you want
to remember. You’re not just going to stand there and let it go by you, you are going
to move your camera. And the second and most important thing about that is your shutter
speed. You are going to want an extremely fast shutter speed, anywhere from five hundred
up to two thousand. This is one of the most important parts about capturing something.
You want to think about your shutter going off in the blink of an eye. And when your
shutter goes off that fast, you have to have a lot of light. And it starts to get pretty
complex, meaning you might have to have a higher ASA set on your camera or a higher
ASA film. This is one example of an image where I wanted it to blur. So here we have
a bride who had a little bit uh, shes a little stressed out that day and she started running
laps in her backyard. And I thought wow, what a great, what a great picture to have this
woman just a big white blur in her backyard. So I set the shutter speed on my camera very
low. I think I already had it set at about a fifteenth of a second or a tenth of a second,
so thats how I got blur. Now if I wanted to capture her running, I would have set my shutter
very high, between five hundred and two thousand. And thats how motions affect your photography.


  1. yazmineis February 10, 2009 at 10:08 am

    Can you show us how its done

  2. jamesryanphoto June 4, 2009 at 1:59 am

    panning is done with slower shutter speeds so that you blur the back ground while keeping the subject sharp because you are panning.
    fast shutter speeds defeats the purpose.
    Did good up to that point.

  3. Parthiban Vijayaraghavan June 8, 2009 at 1:42 am

    that's what even I am confused, with this video, how can you have higher shutter speed, that will freeze the picture and you will not get the blurring effect

  4. Mich Miguel June 15, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    like panning a car? shutter speed priority then set it to 1/40. now pan the car. fast shutter speed wont work since it will freeze everything. again use 1/40.

  5. juicetest September 14, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    The guy explains briefly about panning. If you want the background to be blurry then its low shutter speed with continuos spot focus. Move your camera with the object and follow through with the motion.

  6. Roberto DeLaRosa March 15, 2010 at 12:30 am

    i cant do this easily with my digital camera

  7. Ryan Wadsworth January 5, 2011 at 1:09 am

    Hey I have the d7000 and my shutter goes up to 1/ 4000 s. And I like to take pictures of like freestyle skiiers hitting jumps. Should I put my shutter speed all the way up to 1/ 4000 s? Or still keep it between 500 and 2000?

  8. Graham Martin July 17, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Good grief! No actual images, plus nothing at all about panning using slow shutter speeds!

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