The world we live in is one in which we always hurry, and usually just run without sometimes stopping and thinking about what we’re doing. (For more about that, check this blogpost.) But that’s not what I want to talk to you about today. Instead I want to get a bit more technical, talking about slowing down with your camera when taking photo’s, especially with your shutterspeed.
The slowing down of your shutterspeed, so bringing it down to about 1/20th of second, usually blurs something in your photo. You can do two things in such a case, the first is keeping your camera still, and the other option is to move your camera with your subject to keep it in focus. To make it more clear, two examples.
Slow shutter speed to make the lightstripes. (1.3 seconds)
The first one is taken in London, about two years ago. Due to the dusk there wasn’t very much light left, so I had to use a slow shutter speed, which was in this case 1.3 seconds. This is very long to take out of the hand, so you should look for something to support you, like a small wall for example. The result shows some nice light stripes across the frame, to make the photo more interesting.
Subject blurred, with this technique the edges between sharp and unsharp become a bit vague. (1/15th second)
The other way of panning with your camera is about the same, only this time you pan the camera with your subject to keep that in focus, and blur the background. Remember, since you will be shooting out of your hand to keep the shutter speeds at a “reasonable” time. For me this means no longer than 1/15th of second usually, but it could be 1/50th of a second for you, as long as you can see the movement in the background and you can keep the subject in focus.
That’s it for this week. Give these techniques a try when you’ve got the time and most of all, remember to enjoy and check back monday for more.