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Tips for motion photography, learn about panning (contd..)

Tip 406 (What is panning): Panning is the art of trying to capture the motion of a moving object by moving your camera along with the subject, and if done well, leads to an effect where the subject of the photo remains in focus. The rest of the photo remains in blur, this leads to an effect where it seems that the subject is in motion.

Tip 407 (Panning does not work the first time): Panning is not very difficult, but you can be almost guaranteed that it takes some time to learn and get right. Unfortunately, a photo in which panning has not worked does not look good. However, be patient and learn more techniques for panning and keep on experimenting.

Tip 408 (Panning in brief): Panning works for a wide variety of moving objects, such as wildlife, as well as man made objects such as cars, cycles, etc. You use a slower shutter speed that is less than that for normally shooting moving objects, track the moving object along with your camera, release the shutter once the subject is where you want it, and then release once the subject is out of the field.

Tip 409 (Cameras with shutter lag and auto focus): Shutter lag is less of a problem nowadays, but can still appear with many cameras. Shutter lag means that the shutter opens sometime after you have pressed the shutter, which means that the shot is not taken when you have intended. For panning purposes, this means that you need to anticipate for the shutter lag, which makes it slightly more complicated. Once you have a fair idea of shutter lag, you should be able to anticipate.

Tip 410 (Auto focus and panning): One of the problems in panning is if your camera is not quick to auto adjust its focus. If it takes time to adjust the focus, plan in advance so that you can set your focus to the spot where the subject is likely to be when you shoot.

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