Posted: February 25, 2010 in Tips and Tricks

In still 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. (Wikipedia)

I have learnt of this technique for quite sometimes, but I had never practiced it, not until last week when I had chances to pan children running at school.  Even my constant f/2.8 fast lens could not compensate the low light condition (children run under tree shades) and fast running. To some degree, I could freeze their action, but it was not sharp enough. Then I came up with the idea of panning. After a few trial shots, I started to love it. I panned at the speed of about 1/100 to 1/60 sec.

  1. that is what i find.

    i used to shot object in motion, but it sucks, everything freez, cus i donno this pannig technic.

  2. Sothy says:

    Nice shots, Phal. I like panning a lot, but it is hard to do it. You get it great!

    PS: I used camcorder belonged to my friends who went hiking together. It is fun to do videos other than still pictures.

  3. samphors~* says:

    cool pic! it’s like she’s flying there!

  4. Tisha says:

    Isn’t it good if we set the mode to Sport? or only we need to pan like you have written here?

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