The theme for day thirteen of Photography 101: Moment, was difficult for me.
“Capture a fleeting moment and experiment with blur and movement.”
I started out with my neighbor’s chickens and guinea hen, and then graduated to my dog.
For the first three photos I had the camera set on automatic. For the fourth photo I got brave and set it to manual. Manual yielded much better results.
# 4) Then I finally set the camera on manual… Yay! Motion blur!
I set the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO for the light in the backyard before I threw the stick. It was tough to make the toss and then grab the camera dangling from my neck to get the shot! 🙂
I’ll be revisiting adjusting aperture, shutter speed and ISO to practice capturing blur, but maybe not until it warms up a bit. (We’ve had a cold snap here in the Hudson Valley with the wind whipping up and temperatures dipping into the teens.) When I do, I’ll follow the tips presented with today’s theme…
Tip: Movement is a great way to convey time and fleetingness. If you’d like to play with motion, try the following:
For all cameras and cameraphones:
Turn your auto-flash off, even in low-light conditions. While photographing moving subjects, use a tripod or lay your device on a surface to keep it still.
Experiment with panning: pan your camera across your scene while following your moving subject. It takes practice, but if done right you can produce images with clear subjects against blurred backgrounds.
For cameras with manual settings:
Slow down your shutter speed (meaning, keep the shutter open longer): when the shutter is open longer, your subject has more time to move across the frame, creating a blur effect. This can lead to overexposure, especially during the day, as you’re letting in more light to take a picture. To compensate, close your aperture (the size of the opening) more and use a higher f-stop number, or adjust to a lower ISO.
Alternatively, set your camera to “shutter priority mode,” so you can set your shutter speed, but let the camera auto-select other settings, like the aperture, to ensure proper exposure.