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Some Tips on Panning Techniques

December 04, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

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Sunday 8 November 2015

I love capturing the Motion and Emotion in sports and following my recent photos from the Mandurah 70.3 IronMan, I've had several requests to share some tips for panning.

I find that the most common mistake made in panning shots is having shutter speed too fast.  Here's a few points that you can easily implement as a starting point and then adjust to find what works best for you and your style of photography.

  • Select Shutter Speed Priority (S or TV Mode)
  • Start with a shutter speed of 1/20 which is great for cyclists, or up to 1/50 for cars and motorbikes.
  • ISO 400
  • Set Auto Focus to AFC
  • If you are using a larger lens that allows you to select Vibration Reduction, select VR On (Normal VR is fine, you don't need to use the Active VR option).
  • Watch your subject approach, try to anticipate the movement, and shoot.  Remember to keep your elbows firmly tucked in and to rotate from the hips - this will give you more stability, enabling you to capture the horizontal movement without vertical instability.
  • Then it is practice, practice, practice.

As you become comfortable with the basics, change it up to what suits you and the circumstances.  If things aren't quite coming together, try adjusting the shutter speed, faster if you need, but also be mindful that you may even need to use a slower shutter speed.  Don't be afraid to go as low as 1/2 second.

Now grab your camera and go have some fun!

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