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In this video we will show you a simple camera technique that will add incredible impact to action images. Panning is the technique of capturing moving subjects sharply while allowing the background and foreground to blur with motion.
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In this video we will show you a simple camera technique that will add incredible impact to action images. We start off with a brief location video showing Simon capturing panning shots of a child on a scooter.
We then discuss the correct camera technique for panning action shots, the advantages/disadvantages of hand holding versus using a tripod, and why the surface your subject is on can help produce better images.
Moving on, discussion turns to the appropriate camera settings – focus, shutter speed, lenses and distance, plus other tips for getting various effects. Following this we ask “How Sharp Should it Be?”
In the next section, “Lenses”, we show examples from our shoot and the various effects that different lenses and distances have on the images. Finally we show some panning examples from Simon’s car shoots.