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Panning

Gary Knutson (Yahoo! gallery) (Yahoo!, FZ10 forum, 17 June 2004)...

{trying to photograph cars, or even dogs}...the camera needs to be *pre-focussed* on an area which would (tend to) be perpendicular to you and the camera. You begin taking pics as the subject is to your side, swinging the camera as the subject goes by. The big problem is that you cannot follow the motion through the camera -- it takes too much time to process each image. So, you have to develop a rhythm-timing of your camera swinging with the speed of the object. If you do this right, the object will be in focus, and the background blurred. It takes a little planning and a little luck to get the object in the right place at the right time at that right speed of panning.

Picture taken by Gary Knutson. ISO 400, processed with Noise Ninja.

{Picture above taken by Gary Knutson with FZ10. ISO 400, processed with Noise Ninja. Click above image to see larger version. No panning required for above photograph!}


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David Fong 2009-09-04