Thursday, 1 October 2009

Freezing Motion

The first shot freezes the moment completely with a shutter speed of 1/2500 second. The second shot follows the skateboarder with a slow shutter speed of 1/30 sec.

So what is best? It depends... :-)

In both cases I would shoot a series of shots, with the setting that lets the camera refocus for each shot.
Use one focus point and place it on the head.

It is easier for the camera to continuously refocus when the subject is moving sideways (like from left to right) than when the subject is coming towards you.

If you have trouble getting your camera to refocus, you can set it to manual focused on a spot where you know the subject will pass, and shoot at that moment.

The slow shutter speed is a more difficult exercise with a lower sucess rate. But especially if your background is messy it is a way of getting rid of the background. A colourful background can look messy when frozen, but can turn into a wonderful backdrop when exposed to motion blur.

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