Motion Blur – Creative use of slow shutters.

20 Jul

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Hello Friends,

In today’s blog, just want to emphasize about using slower shutter speeds to achieve some real creative pictures with motion blurs.

During day or at night, if slow shutter speeds are properly implemented, you are assured to get some stunning images. In broad day light a slower shutter speed of say less than 1/20s or so will result in motion blurs. At nights you may have to use a shutter speed of 1s or less to get better results.

Need for speed. EXIF 1/3s at f 11 ISO 200

In case of street photography, motion blur can be used to emphasize motion against a subject which is still, as in the example below.

Street shot with motion blur. EXIF : 1/13s at f 8 ISO 200

Zoom burst pictures always creates a strong illusion of motion. To achieve the effect you need to use a shutter speed of anywhere less than 1/20s and as you press the shutter release, you need to ‘zoom-in’ into the picture. This lag of slower shutter will help capture the zoomed action. Since 1/10s to 1/20s is relatively fast, you can get away with the handheld shot without a need for tripod. 

Cat Walk. EXIF : 1/15s at f 5 ISO 200

For ease, you can keep your camera on Shutter priority and decide on the shutter speed you need, depending on the motion being captured, while camera decides on aperture. Study the EXIF of each picture after clicking and with practice, you would then be comfortable shifting to full manual mode, thereby you would be confident enough to decide on shutter speed and aperture without missing the shot.

Evening Jog. EXIF : 1/40s at f 8 ISO 100

Always look for motion, and the moment you see a potential frame, grab it. 

Performace artist on stage. EXIF : 1s at f 5.6 ISO 200

Motion combined with light is a shot which cannot be missed.

Performance artist lit up. EXIF : 0.6s at f 5 ISO 200

Possibilities are infinite, just need to grab the moment. Here’s one more example of an abstract art.

EXIF : 3 sec at f 8 ISO 100

Blurs are good when on purpose, so start experimenting – get creative – and keep clicking.

Good luck :)

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6 responses to “Motion Blur – Creative use of slow shutters.

  1. Reginald Appings

    July 20, 2011 at 8:39 pm


  2. Thejas KIran

    July 20, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    thnk u bro…luvd d pics:)

  3. Praneeta

    July 25, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Niceeee!! :D

  4. adambacker

    July 31, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    I like your style of playing abstract with slow shutters


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