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Mastering Panning – Photographing Moving Subjects. Previously we’ve covered the topic of shutter speed and looked at how increasing and decreasing it can have a significant impact upon the images we take – particularly if the subjects in those images are moving. Today I’d like to take a brief look at a related topic – that of photographing moving subjects by ‘panning’. Panning is a technique that can produce amazing results (if you perfect it…. or get lucky) but is also one that can take a lot of practice to get right. The basic idea behind panning as a technique is that you pan your camera along in time with the moving subject and end up getting a relatively sharp subject but a blurred background. This gives the shot a feeling of movement and speed. It’s particularly useful in capturing any fast moving subject whether it be a racing car, running pet, cyclist etc. I’ve found that panning seems to work best with moving subjects that are on a relatively straight trajectory which allows you to predict where they’ll be moving to.

Photography Forum :: Topic: Photography Tip: Getting the most of the Golden Hour (1/1) Graduated Neutral Density Filters with Bryan Peterson. Suppose you were at the beach just after sunset and want to use your wide-angle lens to get a composition that included the bright color-filled sunset sky, along with a foreground of sand patterns and textures. Because you are wanting to get maximum depth of field, you'd choose the right aperture first, in this case f/22 for maximum depth of field. Then, you'd point your camera at the sky, just above the sun itself and discover that a 1/125 sec indicates a correct exposure for the sky.

You then take a meter reading of the backlit sand patterns and textures of the immediate foreground, also at f/22 and discover that a 1/15 second is now indicating a correct exposure. You have just discovered a difference of three stops between the foreground and the background. Photos 6 & 7: Along the cliffs of Mohr on the west coast of Ireland, my assistant Chris Hurtt used his Tobacco Graduated filter, turning an otherwise dull and lifeless scene into one of great warmth and dignity. 5 photography formulas worth geeking over. Matador staff writer Jeff Bartlett illuminates some simple but essential photographic math. It’s all too easy to say I’m not interested in the technical aspects of my craft. I like to take photographs more than I like to do math. Yet, I still know that 1/250 f8 equals both 1/2000 f2.8 and 1/30 f22. All three are identical exposures. I also use the following 5 formulas every time I pick up my camera. 1.

This is the most important formula to use and understand. 1/focal length = minimum shutter speed If I can’t increase my shutter speed, I reach for my tripod. 2. My parents used to hand me a yellow and black Kodak disposable camera whenever we went on holiday. Sunny weather + f/16 + 1/ISO shutter speed = proper exposure These same camera settings also apply to capturing the surface detail of a full moon, but don’t expect any light to appear in the foreground. 3. f/8 and be there Legendary photojournalist Arthur Fellig coined the phrase “f/8 and be there” in the 1920s. 4. 5. 600 star rule.

21 Sample Poses to Get You Started with Photographing Female Subjects. This is the first in a series of Posing Guide posts by Kaspars Grinvalds from Posing App See below for links to the full series of posing guides including for kids, men, couples, weddings and more. Check out our new Portrait Posing eBook and Portrait Posing Printables for more advice and posing ideas. If you ever run out of ideas, get stuck in creativity or simply need some guidance when shooting female subjects, you may use following posing samples as a “posing cheat sheet”.

Many pro photographers use such a technique when preparing for and during the photo shoot. The poses in this article are selected as initial reference. I would advise to look at the poses together with your subject, especially if she’s inexperienced. During a photo shoot don’t hesitate to discuss with the subject which pose is or isn’t working in any particular situation. OK, let’s start, one by one. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. Check out our other Posing Guides: Woo-hoo! “Brenizer Method” (bokehrama, etc.) instructional video, produced by B&H! » Ryan Brenizer — NYC Wedding Photographer. Problem solver, storyteller. Update: See an updated gallery of Brenizer-method images at Google Plus So, there was this crazy technique I came up with and streamlined a few years ago to use the effects of a multi-layer panorama, combined with fast lenses shot wide-open, to achieve depth-of-field impossible with current lenses.

Ever wanted to shoot with a 24mm f/0.4? This technique gives you the opportunity. I asked a few thousand people if they’d ever seen anything like this before and no one had, so I thought I may be on to something. Still, out of the tens of millions of photographers out there I figured nothing is new under the sun, so I worked and worked on different applications of this. How do I do a 20+ image panorama of moving objects like people? It’s pretty simple once you learn the process, but I find for almost everyone it requires hands-on, visual learning to really get it. If you’re interested in learning more, keep this page marked — I’ll use it as my new home base of information about the technique. Understanding aperture: The 3 types, when to use them, and why. Kate Siobhan Havercroft brings a complex photography subject to light. For more on learning about travel photography, visit MatadorU. Aperture can feel like a tricky beast at first.

But once you have a sense of what it is — the idea of depth of field — it’s time to look at how to put these tools to use for your own vision with photography. Even though f-stops number from f/1.4 to upwards of f/22, aperture can be divided into three major sections, each with its own distinct use. Which section and corresponding f-stop you choose becomes up to you, and your vision. Storytelling What it is: Storytelling aperture is considered to be f/13 and up, as high as f/22, or f/29 on some lenses. Uses: This is often used in landscape photography, where you want the foreground just as much in focus as the background. Alternative uses: Higher f-stops are often used at night because the tiny pin-hole aperture makes any point of light (i.e., a streetlamp) turn into a starburst.

Do not use for: Faces. 5 Tips for Flattering Maternity Photography. A Post By: Natalie Norton People’s interest in maternity photography has really exploded over the last few years. 8 years ago, when I was pregnant with my first son, you couldn’t have paid me a million dollars to document myself in that “condition.” Pregnancy kicks my trash. I don’t just do the “basketball under the t-shirt” look. . . oh no. Oh good mother of Phineas, no. It ain’t pretty. The recent surge in the popularity of documenting this exciting time in a mother’s life is causing me to rethink. But the fact remains, it simply ain’t comfortable to have a camera all up in your space when you’re 9 million sizes more woman than your normal self.

Getting up high and shooting down on your subject is a sure fire way to create a slimming portrait. Above, I focused in directly on the belly, and the feet respectively, to highlight some of the details of the pregnancy. Shooting from above simply flatters the physique. 2. 3. Here (left) is another version of the image referenced above. 4. 5.