Camera Panning Made Easy
How to get a blurred background with sharp subject…
Camera Panning is an age-old technique that I am sure many of you already know/use. For any moving subject it is important to "stay with" the subject whilst you are framing the shot before and after you shoot.
With slower shutter speeds, this technique can ensure that the subject stays sharp even if the background is blurred, an effect that is quite striking and effective for sports
A simple way to try this is to stand by the side of a road and pick out a car coming towards you.
Obviously you can try this technique with any moving subject. However, you will have to factor in the speed of the subject when choosing your shutter speed. For example, you can pan when shooting someone walking or running to create the effect of movement on their arms and legs whilst keeping their body sharp. Give it a go!
Note: We cover this, and much more, in greater detail with accompanying videos over at ATP Members.