[b&w street-photography - motion] My two favourite techniques for expressing motion in photography

in blackandwhie •  2 years ago

Since as I already mentioned in a previous posts, one of my favourite moving objects are bicycles and cyclists, so I will use them as examples to illustrate both of the techniques described bellow:

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The first technique is called panning. I set the camera (FujiX100T) to a longer exposure time (usually 1/30 or 1/15 work best for me), and take the shot while moving the camera in a controlled manner at the same speed and direction as the moving object. Needless to say, it doesn't work as intended every time. A movement that's slightly too slow or too fast, or otherwise imprecise will lead to a picture where nothing seems in focus. However, with some luck and practice, the result can be surprisingly beautiful - while the moving object stays relatively sharp, the rest of the scene is slightly motion-blurred, leading to both a motion sensation and a strong separation of the object from the background.

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The second technique consists on the contrary in holding the camera steady and thus having a motion-blurred moving object. The disadvantage is that the details of the moving object become less distinct, but we can clearly convey its moving nature.

Note: When using slower times during daytime, there's always a risk of too much light falling on the sensor, leading to over-exposed images. Therefore, it is advisable to compensate with a high F stop (8 or higher) and/or if your camera allows for it, using either a hardware or virtual high density filter to further reduce the amount of light entering the lens.

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You did an excellent job of explaining motion in photography..I found it much easier with my old film camera(Canon AE1) than with my Canon 7D...even on manual...not sure why . these are good images that show the techniques well! Thank you for your insight!


Thanks @lavenderblue! I haven't worked with digital Canons (only Nikons and Fujis), but I agree that given that motion techniques are relatively subtle, they work best with a camera that we're familiar with and are used to all its little quirks. While a new digital camera can have a ton of features, if may not be suited for every purpose.

In any case, I'm happy to have discovered your feed via your kind comment.


Thank you. I learned photography in college in an all film program, and I truly miss working with film, especially black and white! I only use my digital camera set on all manual. I find no use for all the fancy features! I will continue to follow your photography here on steemit!

Beautiful... I bet you would love Copenhagen - full of bikes ;)


Thanks. Actually, looking at your feed, I think I'll have to add Copenhagen to my list of future travel destinations! Will be glad to follow your content.


You totally should! It's an amazing place, often unknown for people, but certainly worth to visit - that's why I'm insisting on my posts, besides living here ;) Thank you @cloudzombie , likewise! :)

These are some really cool photos, thanks for sharing :)