Tip of the Day – Perfect panning

Tip of the Day – Perfect panning

Panning shots are something a little different that I don’t do on every shoot, but they are super fun to capture and rewarding when they work well.

With panning shots, instead of running towards you, the dog is running past in front of you. Not as much impact as the “run to me” style of shot, right?

This is why I like to add an extra element of visual interest in the form of movement. While freezing the motion is the aim of most action photography, panning gives you the unique ability to be able to combine frozen motion, with blurred motion, in the one shot. This contrast between sharp and blurry in the one image gives these shots something special.

However – they are not easy to capture!

First, you need to select the right focus settings so you can accurately track your subject as they run past you, keeping the focus on the head while maintaining the framing. Then, you need to select the right shutter speed to give that elusive combination of sharpness, and motion blur. Next? Lots and lots of practice to hone your technique.

In Episode 9 of RealShoots, I cover all you need to know about capturing amazing panning shots.

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II, Canon EF 70-200mm ƒ/2.8L IS II @ 140mm, ISO 320, 1/500 sec, ƒ/2.8

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