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P@nning – Some tips & tricks

Panning is a great technique for action and, once perfected, the main subject will be sharp against a blurred background.

In photography, the panning technique is used to suggest fast motion, and bring out foreground from background. In photographic pictures it is usually noted by a :-

foreground subject in action appearing still (i.e. a runner frozen in mid-stride) while the background is streaked and/or skewed in the apparently opposite direction of the subject’s travel

I generally follow the below steps :-

0. Change the AI Servo AF mode and fix a single focus point rather than all focus point.AF will work a bit faster with a single point as well.
1. Put the camera in shutter – priority mode ( Tv mode in my Canon).
2. Put Shutter speed around 1/60 or 1/50 ….I found it best in bike panning shots.
3. Follow the subject as it passes in front of you and continue to follow it as you press the shutter and even after the shot is taken.

Enjoy some of my panning pics !!

PS: Thanks to Manas(LooseCanon),he taught me panning …

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5 responses

  1. YD

    Another tip:
    Careful about the ISO, make it as low as possible (100 or less if your camera supports) otherwise, even if you follow all the steps above, you’d still not get the perfect shot 🙂

    April 28, 2010 at 11:09 AM

  2. Nice post akash,wrote about it (http://www.brighthub.com/multimedia/photography/articles/16422.aspx) myself sometime back works well on walking & running subjects as well – if shutter speed is sufficiently low. Also a pan & zoom can make crazier effects.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:41 PM

  3. @ YD :- Thanks !! Good Point !!

    @bala :- Nice post !

    April 28, 2010 at 5:44 PM

  4. Thank You for Sharing. I will try this.

    June 26, 2010 at 9:21 AM

  5. beautifully done!

    July 24, 2010 at 6:26 AM

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