Capture motion blur for dynamic images

You are probably familiar with images of crowds blurred and blurred across a square, or images of rivers blurring into a white stream. The surroundings, on the other hand, are shown in focus. Take pictures with motion blur too. To do this, set your camera correctly. Recordings with motion blur convey dynamism and movement. However, a part of the subject must always be in focus in order not to give the impression of a faulty shot.

Blurry Dynamic Images

In order to capture motion blur correctly, it is important that you choose the correct exposure time. Depending on how fast your subject is moving and how bright it is, the exposure times can vary. For example, pedestrians need longer exposure times than cars to be blurred.

Take several pictures with different exposure times and look at the results. How blurred do you want your recording to be? Did you find the right time, can you adjust the aperture and light sensitivity of the sensor to get an optimally exposed image?

A tripod is of course essential for long exposure times. Depending on how long you expose, you can hang up the camera or use a monopod for stabilization. With long focal lengths and times that are longer than 1/10 of a second, you should definitely mount the camera on a tripod.

You can only image the scene in which the unsharp objects are moving in sharp focus when the camera is stationary. The sharp parts of your subject will stand out against the fuzzy and therefore semi-transparent “shadows“.

Motion blur by dragging the camera

You can also achieve the opposite effect, that is, emphasize the moving object while the background is blurred in motion blur. To do this, you have to pull the camera with you. If your camera moves as fast as the moving object during exposure, it will be shown in focus. The background becomes indistinct due to motion blur.

Dragging the camera along takes some practice. Every object moves at different speeds. If the movement is irregular and unpredictable, you have little chance of moving the camera along properly.

For objects that move regularly, such as cars, runners in an athletics competition, or a machine, you can try moving the camera with the subject. The easiest way to do this is to use a monopod that only allows the camera to pan in one direction.

To take a picture, look through the viewfinder and focus on moving the camera as quickly as the subject. To do this, align one of the focus measuring points in your viewfinder with a point on your subject. Orient your movement to the correspondence between these two points.

Pull the camera with you before the shutter release and do not stop until the exposure is complete. Motifs that move regularly are best for practicing this technique. For example, try to focus on passing cars while blurring the background with motion blur.

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