Panning (Photography Wednesday)

by SomeGirl on January 25, 2012 · 1 comment

Here’s something to try with a point and shoot or DSLR… Fix your eye, through your viewfinder or display, on a moving object.

Follow the object through your camera, moving to match the subject’s speed.

As soon as the object is in front of you, click the shutter release button.

If you’re shooting with a DSLR, (in manual) dial your aperture down to a low setting and your shutter speed to 125 or so. Set your ISO to whatever the lighting requires (100 for bright light, 400 for shade, etc…).

If you’re shooting with a point and shoot, you may or may not get a cool blurred background, but you’ll get a cool action shot. :)

(not the best example, but I hope you get the idea.)

This technique is called Panning.

Happy Shooting!


Just re-read this and noticed how abruptly I ended things. I think it had a little something to do with my writing position and other obligations at the time….


(I intstagrammed this picture as I was writing today’s post. Btw, I changed my instagram username to SomeGirlsLife – just in case you’re curious.) :)


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Panning is fun at soccer games! And I did it once when we had a HUGE water puddle in front of our house and the boys rode their bikes through.

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