Through the Looking Lens No. 6

Capturing Motion in Photographs

Quite often we want to capture images of moving subject: birds in flight, racing vehicles, athletes, children and pets…..

You could aim to freeze motion like this:


Or this:


Or portray motion like this:

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Motion is controlled through varying shutter speed.  The faster your shutter speed, the more you are able to freeze motion like in the top image, notice how little blur there is in the droplets of water.  When slower, more motion will appear in your images.  The above picture was of car lights on a rural road on a rainy day taken with slower shutter speed.

The Challenge



If you have a DSLR camera, adjust shutter speed and experiment with photographing moving objects.  Notice the difference in motion blur as you decrease shutter speed.  Which effects do you like best?

If you don’t have a DSLR camera, you may have less or no control over shutter speed.  However, motion can be controlled in a different way.  If you follow a speeding car, for instance, by moving your camera to keep pace with it, the car should look frozen in time, but the background may be blurry.  You could also take a picture of a stationary object, but move the camera to achieve motion blur in your photo.


Challenge Response


I’m a little behind this week and I wanted to try slower shutter speeds when capturing moving objects, as I’ve learned that I tend to opt for freezing motion.  Hopefully I’ll get around to it and share something a little later on in the week.

Next week: Something for everyone, no matter the camera.  I’m going to do a series of challenges based on composition.




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