Weeks 7-9 NCFE photography level 1
Unfortunately, I was unwell and missed college for weeks 7 and 8. But after seeing everyone else’s blog posts and a chat in class about techniques that we’d been learning I have attempted to catch up with the rest of my classmates.
Panning is a technique that involves shooting a moving subject whilst moving the camera so that the subject remains in the same position within frame.
As you follow the subject, the exposure should be long enough to allow the background to blur.
You need a slow shutter speed of approx 1/30 or slower depending on light and the speed at which your subject is moving. Enable your auto focus. The length of your exposure should be long enough to show the blurring of the background whilst keeping the subject in focus and appearing to remain still. This technique is useful for moving vehicles, playing children, dancers, cyclists, animals running, among others.
It’s probably best to use a tripod with this particular technique, as it’s difficult to keep your subject in the same position if you don’t track the camera smoothly. You need to be parallel with your subject for the best effect. As your subject approaches begin tracking and continue tracking them whilst taking your exposure.
One more thing… When using a tripod in public, one needs to be aware of health and safety of course, both for yourself and for passers by. Also, please be aware of the traffic or moving subjects, because you may be more focused on getting ‘the shot’ rather than being around fast moving vehicles or people!
You look a little confused dear reader…..
Ok, here are some examples that I took (…not all of them successful!) It’s a little trickier than you might think….
As you can see, I didn’t really manage to capture what I hoped for. I must have taken 100 photos, and was too near, too fear, and not taking the exposure at the right settings. So I have posted a picture of a running chicken (borrowed from Wikipedia) to make you smile, but also to demonstrate what the technique is used for whilst I go away and shoot some more moving targets. (Be afraid….be very afraid.)
Here’s where it all gets a bit trippy!
Zoomburst is a technique where you use a zoom lens, with a manual zoom ring to produce an image which has blurred streaks radiating from the centre of the photograph.
The technique involves you manually zooming in or out with a fairly low shutter speed. Again, this is another technique to be used with a tripod – I was lucky enough to be given a small, lightweight tripod for my birthday (Yay! 🙂 ) So this exercise was the perfect opportunity to use it.
On Shutter (S) priority mode, with a shutter speed between 1-4secs, lock your auto focus, then zoom out to the widest angle, press the shutter and zoom in until the frame is filled. Try to zoom smoothly and at a steady speed, finishing just as the exposure ends.
A zoomburst photo is all about creativity, so just have fun with it…. As you can see, I did!
We have had a group discussion about the next assignment of our course and it involves taking a series of 5 photographs to illustrate, Natural/Man-made. We need to show shape, form, texture, pattern, line, tone, colour and composition. We can interpret this task however we wish. We have 3 weeks to complete the assignment. I am currently brainstorming to think of some creative and unusual ideas. I have a feeling that the hardest part for me will be just keeping the 5 photo limit.