Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Aren't those blurry?

So my oldest son saved up and bought a Razor Scooter. He had tried one out at a friends house and thought they were sweet. I wanted to get some cool shots of him on his first time out, so I thought what better way than to make him seem like he's going really fast!
These kind of shots can be tricky to get, but it's totally worth it.

The main ingredient here is shutter speed. More specifically, a slow shutter speed. This time and previous times that I've tried this, a shutter speed of around 1/15 of a second seemed to work best. These were shot near sunset so I didn't have to worry about too much light, but if try this earlier in the day you'll have to close down your aperture (bigger number) to keep your exposure right. Of course "right" to me could be completely different then "right" to you!

Once you dial in the exposure you want, it's time to play. Park yourself in a spot and pre-focus your lens to where your subject will be. If you have distance measurements on your lens, you can use those also. As your subject passes, pan your camera with them and take the shot. Keep panning through the shot to get a nice smooth look. There's lots of trial and error here so take a bunch!

Try something new. Push yourself. The results can be pretty awesome!

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