Wednesday, May 30, 2007


This is an example of panning. One of the easiest ways to pan in fact. Here's how to pan in a few simple steps.

Set your camera to Aperture Priority and stop down to f22. It doesn't really have to be that high, anything that will slow your shutter speed down to about 1/30 or 1/40 should do just fine.

Then get on the merry-go-round and have someone spin you and your model. Remind your model to hold as still as she can. You should hold your camera as still as possible as well. Then your assistant spins the ride.

Because the ride and the model are still in relation to the camera and the rest of the world is not, she will be in good focus, but the world will not be. The further that both the model and the camera are from the centre of the ride, the more pronounce the blur will be even at low RPMs.

Lost of cameras should be able to do a photo like this. Check to see if you can adjust the aperture on yours and give it a try. If you do, post a link in the comments!



rea said...

This is too cool! I love your tip and will seek out the opportunity to try it soon.

I'm wondering if you can 'tip' me on any of the other tricks you employ, or are they trade secrets? It could be a blog series :-)

gary said...

I'm happy to give out any tips, so if you see a photo of mine that you want like and want to try something similar, just let me know.