Panning

Posted: February 25, 2010 in Tips and Tricks
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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.

Comments
  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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