Zoom Effect

Posted: August 10, 2009 in Photography, Tips and Tricks

Probably you can get this sort of effect with Photoshop, but this is an untouched photo. It is called zoom affect. To get the affect you need to shoot with show shutter and rotate the zoom ring after you pull down the shutter. If you shoot during day time, make sure to narrow the aperture to prevent over exposure. Though the above photo was taken handheld with shutter speed of 1/20 sec and f/22, it is best to fix your camera on tripod not to blur the objective, especially with slower shutter speeds.


You do not have a zoom lens? That is not the problem. Do I mean zoom effect can be made without zoom lens? YES. In principle you can work with your prime lens or even point-and-shot camera. You just have to zoom your lens MANUALLY, walk backward or foreword during the process. I have never tried this technique myself. Try it if you don have a zoom lens, and share me your feedback. Hope you can find more fun with your camera.

  1. Phossdey says:

    I feel dizzy now! lolz

  2. borin says:

    What is the shutter speed? It is hard to do that in bright day light, because you can’t have long enough shutter speed to make this effect.

    • LiMBiZ says:

      The best way to deal with this trick is to shoot with Av Mode[for Canon] or Sv Mode[for Nikon, im not sure] and set ISO to the smallest. When you use Av mode, F number will adjust accordingly. Your shutter speed should set to 1″ to 1/20 depend on how fast or slow you spin the len.

      • tumnei says:

        For Nikon is simply A mode instead of AV.
        But I think you should set the speed to match the light situation, not the speed of lens rotation. And the shutter speed will tell you how fast you should spin the lens.

  3. tumnei says:

    It was taken at 1/20 sec. Set your ISO to the smallest value, and narrow the f as far as you camera allows. Under expose it, if it is still bright and shoot manually.

  4. Vanna says:

    The photo looks moving. Don’t let me look longer, though :p

  5. borin says:

    This is my version of zoom effect

  6. borin says:

    Your new header look great.

  7. tumnei says:

    It is great that you find the technique interesting and have tried it. I will try it at night time someday too.

    I myself also do like the new header, after adjusting some colors and exposure of the original one.

  8. Sothy says:

    I never knew it. This is a really cool trick. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. សុវុឌ្ឍី says:

    ពូកែមែនប​ង ខ្ញុំមើលយូរៗចង់ឈឺក្បាលវិលមុខ ហាហាហាហ

  11. tumnei says:

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