Try Panning To Capture Action Or Sporting Movements Clearly
Panning is the art of capturing motion around a moving subject while
keeping the subject sharp and clear in the picture.
Once mastered, panning can add an amazing sense of motion and movement,
trapped inside a static photographic frame.
It may sound easy to do, but requires much practise to perfect the
1. Choose the spot in front of you where you want to take your
photograph when the subject reaches it.
Pre-focus your camera on that spot by half depressing the shutter until
the camera locks its focus. Don’t release that pressure or you will
lose the focus lock, but don’t press so hard that you take the picture.
2. Move your camera into position ready to start smoothly following the
motion of your subject when it appears. If you are matching the
subject’s movement, your subject will stay about the same place on the
back viewscreen of your camera.
3. When the subject reaches the point you have focused on, GENTLY
squeeze the tip of your finger down fully on the shutter button, BUT
STILL KEEP THE CAMERA MOVING SMOOTHLY AT THE SAME SPEED AND LEVEL.
4. The subject will disappear off the screen as your camera takes the
image then processes it. Your natural inclination will be to stop the
camera moving but you MUST keep a smooth follow-through movement going.
Stopping the camera at the moment you take the photograph will result
in the subject, and probably the background too, being blurred and
This is NOT what you want! Just imagine that you have to keep pointing
at the subject as it goes all the way past you.
It does take practise to become successful at panning.
You may find it a bit tricky at first to co-ordinate all the elements
Perhaps anticipation means you fire the camera too early, or getting a
smooth fluid movement may not come easily. Practise opportunities are
all around you and cost nothing.
Use moving vehicles going past the bus stop. Get your children or your
pets to run past you in the garden or on the beach. The more practise
you put in, the easier it becomes.
Combine your panning expertise with other techniques, such as using
Mode to produce great effective action sequences.
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