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Motion Photography

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Linda McDonnell

on 8 January 2016

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Transcript of Motion Photography

Motion Photography
Sometimes you’ll Want to Blur the Motion
Sometimes You'll
Want to FREEZE
the Motion...
Shutter Speed
Motion is controlled by the Shutter Speed
this is the amount of time that the shutter is open
Measured in fractions of a second
The bigger the denominator the faster the speed
(1/1000 is much faster than 1/30)
In most cases you'll use 1/60 or faster
Otherwise camera shake occurs
Shutter Speeds double with each setting
1/500, 1/250, 1/125, 1/60, 1/30, etc.

Your Task
Use the Internet to search for interesting Motion Images
Create an Inspiration Folder within a MOTION folder
How to Capture Motion
Using Shutter Priority mode

Use Shutter Priority Mode
Tv or S on the camera dial
With Shutter Priority Mode, you choose the shutter speed and the camera chooses the aperture
Determines how movement is captured

Blur the Motion= slow shutter speed
Freeze the Motion= fast shutter speed

To Freeze Movement
Choose a faster shutter speed so you can stop the motion

Actual speed you choose will vary depending on
Speed of the movement
How much blur you want

Look at the Difference
Fast versus Slow Shutter Speed
Light Considerations in
Motion Photography
A fast shutter speed limits the amount of light you let in
There are 2 ways to adjust for this:
Increase the ISO
Make adjustments to Aperture settings

Tips for Photographing Motion
Place the subject in the frame with space in front
called “Active Space”
This will give the subject room to move into within the canvas
Active Space makes the eye move into that space
When to Break the Rules
When you want to accentuate the speed of your subject
Place subject at the edge of the frame
When the subject leaves something in their wake
Wake behind a surfer
Clouds of dust after a race car
Some helpful websites:



Use the Internet to locate 3 pictures of each component and save to a Motion/ INSPIRATION Folder:

Blur the motion
Freeze the motion
Start by getting Inspired...
Types of Motion
Blur the Motion
Freeze the Motion
Blur the Motion
when the motion itself is moving
Freeze the Motion
when the background appears to move and the subject is frozen
when the motion does not move and appears frozen in time
Blur the motion
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