What is Panning Photography?
Panning Photography is a type of photography where you want to show the movement of
a moving subject and at the same time having the subject “Sharp” and the “Background”
Blur. All this in ONE single shot.
Non Photographic explanation: Let us assume that you are riding side by side with your
friend either in car or bike, and you both are almost on same speed, so when you look out
of the window to wave your hand to your friend because of the same relative speed your
friend will be in focus but the background will be blur/moving.
This exact thing, we will try to capture it with a little tweak to it.
Panning Photography requires a lot of patience if you are doing it for the first time.
Technical Details and Explanation:-
1.) For beginners, it would be great to find a place having a straight trajectory, so that we
get the idea of the direction in which the subject is moving.
In the below image you can see that I was sitting on a shore of the beach and the horsecarriage
was moving in one direction.
2.) After finding the proper place, subject and your position. We need to understand what
settings will work best for panning shots.
3.) We require relatively slow shutter speed, not too slow where we may need a tripod.
But slow enough that we can get a motion blur effect in the background.
– To start with we can have around 1/80 secs.
Take a trial shot (ignoring the aperture for time being). If the shot is overexposed, do not
increase the shutter speed, instead close your aperture. In other words, increase the “F”
value. If it was f3.5, increase it to f8 or f10. Till the time the trial shot gives you the proper
exposure. BTW, ISO should be minimum 🙂 ISO-100 or less than that.
4.) Once you get right at Point # 3, next comes the focusing part. Keep your CANON
camera on AI Servo mode OR AF-C (Auto Focus / Continuous) mode for your NIKON
By doing this, you can focus the moving objects.
5.) Place yourself in a position where your hands are mounted on the ground or your
camera is on Tripod. If the subject is starting its action from the left side then focus your
camera on the subject and when it reaches in front of you try to capture it. But for this,
you have to PAN your camera in the Horizontal direction along with the moving subject.
You have to PAN your camera in sync with the moving object and click the frame during
this panning movement.
The story behind the below Image:-
After applying the above basics, I got few good shots. But then I wanted to include the feel
of the huge waves of the sea in the frame. In order to do that, I went down on my
stomach to take a ground level shot so that along with the PAN if I get lucky I might as well
get the waves in the frame (blurred) but at least the height will be visible. And that is
where when you again see this image, you can see that the water level is well above in the
Image Souce: Credits - Umang Samani
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