Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Panning, and panning with flash

Panning captures movement by visually isolating the moving and in focus subject surrounded by the blurry fixed background. The technique needs a few try and see shutter speed adjustments, and a good result is always a matter or luck, as shown in the following picture.


One way to increase the chances of having the main subject well defined is to introduce a flash. The flash will draw the lighten area at a high speed, fixing it regardless of the lens panning movement and shutter speed. One caveat, though, is that the subject should be under-exposed without considering the flash, otherwise you can have a double drawing of it, a blurred one provided by the ambient light, and a fixed drawing provided by the flash.

In the following example, the photo is underexposed two stops in regards to the ambient light, and the driver lit by a flash.




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