Dealing with motion can be complicated becuase it involves multiple aspects of photography:
- Are we talking about your motion , or the subject’s motion?
- Do you want to show motion, or freeze motion?
- How do you Focus?
So here, in my usual quick tips format, are a few tips that may help:
These are simple pointers to good camera technique:
- To avoid motion blur, ensure your shutter is set to “1 / lens focal length” – or faster! I.e. if using an 18mm lens. at least (roughly) 1/18th of a second; when using a 100 mm lens at least 1/100th of a second; and so on. Preferably twice as fast or better!
- To freeze rapid motion, like a race car: 1/500th, or preferably faster, like 1/1000th.
- Use VR/IS stabilization, it rocks – unless you are moving the camera or are using a tripod.
- On that subject: tripods are cool – use one whenever you can.
- Pan (follow the subject while pressing the shutter) when shooting a moving object.
- Try AF-C / AI Servo focus if your subject’s distance from you varies (it is coming to you, or moving away from you).
Use of these techniques maximizes the chances of an image that uses, or freezes, motion the way you want it.