Capturing Movement photographing motion…or lack thereof



With this roll, the photographer (you) will demonstrate:

  • Proper shutter speed & control
  • Correct use of the panning technique
  • Using the blurr and elements around the subject to create leading lines
  • How to freeze motion using a fast shutter speed
Use your camera to enhance motion.

What is panning?

Panning is the horizontal movement of a camera as it scans a moving subject. Think: making your background move while your subject standstill.

This is panning.

When you pan you’re moving your camera with your subject as it moves parallel to you. In order to pan successfully your camera has got to follow the subject’s movement and match it’s speed and direction as perfectly as possible. Remember, shutter speed is the key. Aim for 60 or 1/160 of a second. Here’s a few examples:

Do the preceding photo define speed and movement?

Look at the photo above. How does the vertical movement in the background enhance the facial expression of the little girl on the left? And why? This is something that you need to consider when taking your photos. Here's another example:

Around we go.

What if the photographer and the subject we're on the same plane spinning?… like a centrifuge? Think creatively when you approach the subject. Remember, your objective is to enhance the motion while focusing on your subject. Take a risk and try to implement some sort of centrifugal force in your pictures. Think merry-go-round.


  1. Shutter speed
  2. Panning
  3. Tracking

Now go out and capture some great images!

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