Today, a tip and a request.
First, the tip.
How do you learn to “pan” your camera along with a moving object (like a bicycle travelling traversely through your picture)? So that the object appears to not move much, while the background is a streak? How do you learn this in the absence of cyclists riding through your living room? You pan and follow your hand. That’s how.
- Set your camera to S/Tv mode
- Select a shutter speed of 1/15th second (a good starting point).
- Hold your hand out as far as it can go.
- Focus on it. Wait for the beep and then hold your finger on the shutter to lock that focus distance.
- Now rapidly move your entire body around, so your hand describes a circle around you.
- Half way through that circle: click. (Do not stop moving to click!)
Try this technique, and repeat until you are happy. Your images may look somewhat like this:
You thus get to practice the technique that gets you images like this:
Did you find that a useful tip? Then I have a request for you.
I teach these and many photographic techniques – a tip a day! – because I want to give back and help disseminate information and knowledge as widely as possible. I want the world to learn photography, and I think I can be a small part of that.
But you can help me too.
First: send me questions. About anything photographic. I’ll do my best to answer them in a timely manner right here. That way, your question benefits others too.
Second: help me with the blog. Apart from small contributions, which are always welcome (see the link on the right), even more importantly, you can link to me. Mention my blog to friends and to others who many be interested. Link from your blog or from your facebook page. Tweet. Mention me on your web site. If you are helped by this, you can do me a big favour by spreading my name, and that of this blog, as widely as possible. This is an ongoing request!
That way I get better known, and I get to help more people. In this way, we all help each other. I firmly believe that this is the way the new economy works. Social media, sharing, the Internet: we now grow value by collaborating, not by “hoarding and hiding knowledge”. People who do not yet understand this will eventually find out that the old “make money by keeping knowledge secret” paradigms are dead.
And the world will be a better place for it.